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
- 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):
- For a current list of electives, visit the Course Schedule page.
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.