Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management

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Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management

Become a Leader in the Emergency Management Community

The Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency & Disaster Management at Georgetown University prepares students to become leaders in the rapidly evolving profession of emergency management.

In this year-long cohort program, students develop the strategic and critical thinking skills they need to expertly assist communities in becoming stronger and more resilient in the face of man-made and natural disasters. Students learn from emergency management experts with real-world experience while partaking in intensive field studies, which introduce them to emerging challenges and new capabilities in the field. Sophisticated disaster simulations challenge students to apply real-time critical analysis to lifelike disaster scenarios and simulations.

Once students have completed the program’s experiential journey through five graduate-level learning modules, they will have the critical thinking and leadership skills to:

  • Respond to a range of uncertain, ever-evolving disaster management complexities.
  • Anticipate needs, evaluate alternative approaches, and make critical decisions that facilitate “whole community” disaster response and disaster recovery operations.
  • Work within the boundaries of emergency management ethics, laws, and regulations.

A Unique Combination of Online and Field Study Learning Opportunities

Because firsthand experience with natural and man-made disasters is the most meaningful teacher of effective emergency management practices, onsite field study serves as a large component of the program's unique blend of online and onsite instruction.

The program takes students to four different locations for five unique onsite experiences:

  • Washington, D.C.: Students learn about emergency management practices, laws, regulations, and policies from the nation’s experts while building the connections they need to advance as leaders in the emergency management profession. The nation’s capital will be the site of the first module’s introductory field study, as well as the location of the Capstone’s meta-scenario exercises—a true test of students’ emergency management skills under fire.
  • New Orleans: This module immerses students in the eye of Hurricane Katrina to fully understand the magnitude and scope of challenges faced by local, state, and national emergency management communities in the wake of severe natural disasters. Students learn to make critical decisions in uncertain and unexpected situations while developing the skills they need to lead with confidence when disaster strikes.
  • San Francisco Bay Area: Students visit the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to explore how emerging technologies are utilized to detect and predict the effects of hazardous threats.
  • Shrivenham and London, England: Students travel to Cranfield University's Defence and Security (CDS) and gain insights about the international dimensions of emergency and disaster management, particularly with respect to the loss of critical infrastructure and emergency services.

Who Should Apply?

This one-year intensive cohort program is designed for:

  • Public administrators, urban planners, and elected officials who want to build more resilient communities and foster greater individual participation in emergency preparedness and disaster response.
  • Policymakers and program directors who are interested in developing emergency management strategies and operational approaches for the future.
  • Military, veterans, and armed forces personnel who desire a more in-depth understanding of domestic disaster response.
  • Private-sector professionals who are interested in continuity of operations, protecting employees, and supporting disaster response operations.
  • Recent college graduates who are seeking an exciting career in the rapidly growing emergency management industry.
  • First responders who aspire to take on emergency and disaster management leadership roles. 

The skills gained from this program prepare students for a broad range of emergency service occupations in the government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors, such as careers in emergency management, risk communication, public health and safety, and policy and planning.

“The emergency management community faces a future with challenges likely to be far different from those we confront today. Powerful drivers of change such as globalization, technological development, and the changing roles of individuals in society have real potential to reshape the context within which we will operate.”

David J. Kaufman
Director, FEMA Office of Policy and Program Analysis
In an introduction to a FEMA progress report:
“Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030”
February 2012

“Driving [emergency management] complexity are rapid changes in technology, the emergence of global community, and the ever-expanding human-built environment that intersects with the natural environment in new, more extreme ways.”

Thad W. Allen
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (retired)
Written testimony before the U.S.
Senate Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs
“The Future of Homeland Security”
July 2012


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