Degrees in Emergency & Disaster Management

Degree Requirements

The MPS-EDM program requires 33 credits (11 courses) of successful course completion in order to be eligible to earn the Master of Professional Studies degree. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (solid “B”) is required to maintain good academic standing and to be eligible for graduation. This is a baseline performance standard for graduate students, ensuring that students meet Georgetown’s expectation of academic excellence. Students who satisfactorily fulfill all course requirements set forth by the program guidelines will be eligible to receive a Master of Professional Studies degree in Emergency & Disaster Management.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of the MPS in Emergency & Disaster Management, students will be able to:

  1. Develop effective practices for working within the parameters of local, state, federal, and international rules, regulations, and procedures in order to respond ethically, efficiently, and legally to emergencies and disasters.
  2. Evaluate local, state, federal, and international responses to emergencies and disasters by analyzing case studies, both historical and theoretical, in order to generate informed, well-reasoned, and professional recommendations for both preventive measures and future responses.
  3. Create response plans for multiple types of emergencies and disasters (including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, public health emergencies, and technological disasters) and demonstrate agile problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing situations.
  4. Apply a strong ethical framework to evaluate crisis situations and exercise critical decision-making skills during times of extreme pressure and rapidly changing variables.
  5. Understand social and cultural aspects of disaster preparedness and response in order to best serve diverse and/or vulnerable populations.
  6. Devise targeted communications plans for stakeholders (e.g., the public, supervisors, colleagues, private sector, military, and other officials).
  7. Understand how to coordinate and manage different organizations, agencies, and levels of government before, during, and after a disaster.
  8. Plan and execute budgets and exercise fiscally responsible decision-making and resource management.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the various technologies available to detect and respond to emergency situations.

Degree Requirements

To earn the MPS in Emergency & Disaster Management, students must successfully complete all 11, three-credit program courses (33 credits total), including:

  • Two core courses (Ethics and Capstone, 6 credits)
  • Four foundation courses (12 credits)
  • Five elective courses (15 credits).

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in both Ethics and Capstone, and students must maintain a minimum, cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (“B” average) to graduate from the program.

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