Degrees in Emergency & Disaster Management

Industry and Careers

The emergency and disaster management industry is rapidly growing and faces an increasing need for professionals who are prepared to plan for and respond to national and global crises. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the emergency management field is projected to “grow 18 percent in health care and social assistance, and 22 percent in the professional, scientific, and technical services industries from 2012 to 2022.”[1]

Georgetown’s Master of Professional Studies in Emergency & Disaster Management prepares students for a wide range of careers in this evolving field. Graduates will be able to apply the broad leadership competencies and strategic mindset needed to make decisions in uncertain situations, effectively communicate with and manage diverse teams, and leverage best practices to support planning, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts in the face of emergencies and disasters.

Upon completing the program, students will be prepared to assume a variety of roles within organizations such as:

  • Local and state emergency management offices
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Domestic disaster response and humanitarian aid organizations
  • Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)
  • International humanitarian aid organizations
  • Emergency management consulting firms
  • Hospitals
  • Human/social services departments
  • Public health departments and agencies
  • Emergency services departments
  • Fusion centers
  • Defense agencies and defense contractors
  • Private companies and nonprofit organizations

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