EMERGENCY RESPONSE & RISK MANAGEMENT Bachelor's & Master's Degree Programs

Lions Guide has partnered with the University of Applied Research & Development (UARD) to help Veterans like you earn your Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Emergency Response & Risk Management.

Enjoy attentive and interactive instruction in a self-paced setting, where students and instructors from diverse backgrounds inspire engaging thought exchange in a non-traditional academic environment.  As part of the program, join Lions Guide Performance Development Director Jay Tiegs and Dr. Craig Hansen for 10 Days of Academics integrated with adventure training in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand!  Between its impressive architecture, inspiring art, vibrant culture, and wondrous landscapes, Auckland, New Zealand can feel like a dream! Add to the experience an academic program that encourages critical thinking and innovation, leadership, and an unforgettable learning experience! 

Learn to lead. Protect communities. Defend the public.

A degree in Emergency Response & Risk Management establishes a knowledge base in disaster and emergency management and homeland security while improving your understanding of disaster-related needs, including:

  • Emergency preparedness.
  • Identification.
  • Problem solving.
  • Mitigation.
  • Recovery.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Strategic risk reduction and resilience capacity building.

In an interconnected world, digital and physical disasters are significant concerns for governments, businesses, and communities. Earning a degree in Emergency Response & Risk management allows you to take on leadership roles related to the protection of people, assets, and communities.

For Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree can be completed as part of an accelerated program. When accepted, you can earn your degree in as little as one year! Veterans of the armed forces have unique skill sets desirable for this career field. Earn maximum credit for your military experience and education. This opportunity saves you time and money, while giving you advanced knowledge in your field.


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We're excited about your interest and want to help you at every step of the process.

Get started by speaking with an Academic Advisor to learn more about the program, get your questions answered, and start the enrollment process.

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We're excited about your interest and want to help you at every step of the process.

Frequently Asked Questions


I tried to complete my bachelor's degree during my 20-year career between assignments, PCS, and deployments and gave up. UARD not only made it possible but helped me find my next mission and career path after my service. I plan to complete my master's degree. I highly recommend this program to any veteran." 

- Rodney C., SFC (R) U.S. Army

"I loved the idea of traveling to New Zealand for three months to complete my masters degree.  The time here enabled me to focus on myself, have an amazing experience, and reconnect with myself. Because I was able to focus, I completed all the requirements of my masters degree while in New Zealand. I am now ready to transition to my new role when I get back to the states and this experience has helped me grow in so many ways. I am grateful to have had this amazing opportunity and I could not recommend it enough!”  

- Melissa S., U.S. Navy

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Speak with an Academic Advisor

Get started today by speaking with one of our Academic Advisors to learn more about this opportunity, get your questions answered, and start the enrollment process.