Degrees in Emergency & Disaster Management

Mission and Learning Goals

Mission Statement

The Georgetown University Executive Master’s in Emergency & Disaster Management program prepares students for leadership positions in emergency management through experiential learning, which focuses on critical thinking, decision-making, and ethical leadership.

Learning Goals

To successfully complete the Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management program at Georgetown University, students will be required to demonstrate advanced competency through theoretical and field exercises assessed in five content-based courses: Emergency Management: Theory and Research; Natural Disasters; Domestic Terrorism; International Dimensions of Large-Scale; Disasters and the Capstone course.

Each of the program’s courses provides students with specific knowledge and practical skills through online theoretical foundation study and on-site residencies that include hands-on experiences and simulation exercises. Students who complete the Executive Emergency and Disaster Management program will be able to:

  • Identify and understand fundamental local, state, federal and international rules and regulations so that they can respond ethically and legally to emergencies and disasters.

  • Analyze and reflect upon local, state, federal and international responses to emergencies and disasters so that they can formulate informed, well-reasoned and professional recommendations for both preventive measures and future responses to such situations.

  • Prepare response plans for multiple types of emergencies and disasters and adapt those plans to respond quickly, ethically and effectively to changing situations.

  • Make critical decisions in times of extreme pressure and quickly changing variables.

  • Identify and educate appropriate constituents and concerned parties (the public, supervisors, team members, colleagues, private sector, military and other officials) through communications plans targeted to their specific needs.

  • Create, coordinate and implement – in a team environment – an immediate and effective emergency management response plan that responds to a crisis situation that will be revealed during the Capstone simulation. In short, transcend traditional thinking and become a leader in the profession of disaster management.

“FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.”

Craig Fugate
FEMA Administrator
In a written statement before the House
Committee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness,
Response and Communication
“Ensuring Effective Preparedness and Response – An
Assessment of the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Report for
the Federal Emergency Management Agency”


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