Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management

Georgetown EDM Students Return from a ‘Life-Changing Experience’ in Doha

Georgetown EDM Students Return from a ‘Life-Changing Experience’ in Doha

Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management

Become a Leader in the Emergency Management Community

Expertly assist communities to become stronger and more resilient in the face of man-made and natural disasters. Through the Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management program at Georgetown University, you can do just that by gaining the strategic and critical thinking skills you will need as a leader in the rapidly evolving profession of emergency management.

In this year-long cohort program, students will learn from emergency management experts with real world experience. Intensive field study introduces students to new 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 you’ve completed the program’s experiential journey through five graduate-level learning modules, you will have the critical thinking and leadership skills to:

  • Respond to a range of uncertain, always-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

Experience with natural and man-made disasters is the most meaningful teacher of effective emergency management practices. That's why onsite field study is part of the program's unique blend of online and onsite instruction.

Your emergency and disaster management studies will take you to four different locations for five unique onsite experiences:

  • Washington, D.C.: Learn from the nation’s experts about emergency management practices, laws, regulations and policies. Build the connections you need to advance as a leader 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 your emergency management skills under fire.
  • New Orleans: Put yourself 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 face of severe natural disasters. Learn to lead, communicate and cope with the unexpected.
  • San Francisco Bay Area: Visit the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and learn how emerging technologies are utilized to detect and predict the effects of hazardous threats.
  • Doha, Qatar: Gain insights about the international dimensions of emergency and disaster management, especially with respect to the loss of critical infrastructure and emergency services.

Who Should Apply?

Our intensive one-year 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.
  • Policy makers 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, non-profit 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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