Major in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief

Understand Disaster Relief • Develop Practical Skills • Change Lives

Be equipped to help others in some of their most vulnerable moments.

JBU's Humanitarian and Disaster Relief degree equips students to meet people at some of the most chaotic and vulnerable times in their lives and offer a reflection of God's love. This program helps students develop practical skills, such as emergency medicine or construction management and combines that with quality education in intercultural studies and emergency management. Supporting this diverse curriculum is a foundation of leadership development.

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What to expect as Humanitarian and Disaster Relief student

Launch a Meaningful Career

You'll be prepared to nurture spiritual formation and serve others in a growing industry. There is expected to be a need of 70,000 new relief workers over the next decade. 

Help Others

Roles in the Humanitarian or Disaster relief field can include working at government agencies, local and international relief ministries and refugee care agencies. 

Learn a Diverse Curriculum

The Humanitarian and Disaster Relief degree includes many of the knowledge areas desired in this field. These include intercultural studies, experiential education, and emergency management. It is a degree that offers a good balance of theory and application.

Get Certified

Students have the opportunity to earn certifications in remote and emergency medicine.

Earn a Bachelor's & Master's Degree in 5 Years

JBU offers a 4+1 path for students to earn both a bachelor's degree in Humanitarian and Disaster Relief and a master’s degree in Outdoor Program Management from JBU's business school in just 5 years.

Learn in Northwest Arkansas

Home to the Buffalo River, the Ozark Mountains, Northwest Arkansas has very active community search and rescue teams for students to volunteer with while they are completing their degree.

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Find out if JBU is right for you. You'll experience what makes JBU different and meet your counselor in person. Come for one of our Preview Days or for an individual visit.


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Save Money on a Master's Degree

At JBU, we offer a shortened path to a master's degree in outdoor program management, finishing your bachelor's degree and a master's in 5 years. It saves you time and money. Plus, with our flexible graduate school format, you can graduate with a bachelor's and begin a full-time job while finishing your master's degree online from wherever you live.

Today, an M.S. in Outdoor Program Management is valued by many industries. We live in an age where camps are consolidating into larger organizations, and outdoor pursuits are being rediscovered as platforms to enhance education, corporate training, and therapeutic treatment.

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