Curriculum

To earn an MPS in Emergency & Disaster Management, you must successfully complete 11 courses (33 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Ethics and Critical Decision Making
    • Capstone
  • 4 foundation courses (12 credits total):
    • Theory and Legal Framework
    • Project Management and Budgeting for Emergencies and Disasters
    • Risk Perception Awareness, Public Communications, and Stakeholder Engagement
    • GIS for Emergency & Disaster Management
  • 5 elective courses (15 credits total):

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you can take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.

  • Full-time students typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The Emergency & Disaster Management program is available in both an online format and an on-campus format. You can opt to take classes online, on campus, or through a combination of both.

  • On-Campus Format: In the on-campus format of the master's in Emergency & Disaster Management, classes are held at the same times every week at our downtown D.C. campus.
  • Online Format: The online master’s in Emergency & Disaster Management has the same curriculum as the on-campus format and offers access to all of the same University resources. In this format, you’ll be able to watch lectures and complete assignments on your own schedule.