Forbes Names SUNY Canton’s Emergency Management Among Best Online Programs


SUNY Canton’s online Emergency Management bachelor’s degree has been selected as one of the best in the country by Forbes Advisor.

The 2023 list, which was published Nov. 13, placed SUNY Canton at the top of the 10 colleges that made the rankings. It was the only college in New York to appear on the list.

“This is a unique program within SUNY, as well as one of our signature online programs, so we are pleased to be included on the Forbes list,” said Lecturer Jay Roorbach, the lead faculty member for the program. “Students learn from professionals with many years of experience working in the field, and the curriculum was designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce.”

Firefighters battle a warehouse blaze

Students receive education in the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes caused by natural or technological hazards. Students complete virtual incident command and training exercise activities, and have the opportunity to develop significant research projects or internships with emergency and disaster management agencies.

The demand for skilled emergency managers and disaster specialists is increasing, with jobs expected to increase 3% in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An emergency helicopter flies through a blue sky.

In addition to Emergency Management, SUNY Canton has 22 other online programs, many of which have earned awards for excellence. has recently recognized the college’s Cybersecurity degree as being among the top programs of its kind in the nation.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.