Degrees in Emergency & Disaster Management

Degree Requirements

A Cohort-Based Program

As a cohort-based program, students must enroll in the fall at the beginning of each academic year. To earn a degree in this intensive one-year program, students must successfully complete all five, six-credit program courses (30 credits total), including the Capstone course. Each course combines online learning activities with weeklong on-site residencies.

Degree Requirements

In the Georgetown University Executive Master of Professional Studies (EMPS) in Emergency & Disaster Management (EDM) program, students get a first-hand look at preparing for and managing complex crises—in a yearlong intensive program that combines:

  • Lectures and face-to-face learning.
  • Online coursework, interactive exploration, webinars, group discussions, and independent learning.
  • Onsite work at four renowned locations: Washington, D.C., New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area, and overseas.
  • Overview of the technical, legal, and ethical principles that govern the work of emergency and disaster management professionals.

This is a practice-oriented curriculum—a hallmark of Georgetown’s professional studies graduate programs—putting students in the action and encouraging expansive thinking about current emergency management systems and alternatives to overcoming future threats.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the first course (Theory & Legal Framework) and the final course (Capstone) to graduate from the EMPS-EDM program.

Student Travel Requirements

Students are required to be on site (at various locations) for each course’s weeklong residency. Residencies are designed to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to advance as leaders and excel in their careers. Students must make and finance their own transportation arrangements for each course’s on-site venue. Seven nights of lodging and some meals are covered by regular tuition.

Students are required to arrive no later than 5 p.m. in the evening before the day the on-site program begins and may not leave before the program ends. For example, for MPEM-500 in 2017, students should plan to arrive in Washington, D.C. no later than the evening of September 10 and leave no earlier than 7 p.m. in the evening of September 16.

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