Mission & Learning Goals

Mission Statement

The Georgetown University MPS in Emergency & Disaster Management program prepares students for positions in emergency management through a combination of theoretical and experiential courses that focus on critical thinking, decision-making, project management, communications, and emerging technologies.

Learning Goals

Upon successfully completing the MPS in Emergency & Disaster Management you will:

  • Develop effective practices for working within the parameters of local, state, federal, and international rules, regulations, and procedures in order to respond ethically, efficiently, and legally to emergencies and disasters.
  • Evaluate local, state, federal, and international responses to emergencies and disasters by analyzing case studies, both historical and theoretical, in order to generate informed, well-reasoned, and professional recommendations for both preventive measures and future responses.
  • Create response plans for multiple types of emergencies and disasters (including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, public health emergencies, and technological disasters) and demonstrate agile problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing situations.
  • Apply a strong ethical framework to evaluate crisis situations and exercise critical decision-making skills during times of extreme pressure and rapidly changing variables.
  • Understand social and cultural aspects of disaster preparedness and response in order to best serve diverse and/or vulnerable populations.
  • Devise targeted communications plans for stakeholders (e.g., the public, supervisors, colleagues, private sector, military, and other officials).
  • Understand how to coordinate and manage different organizations, agencies, and levels of government before, during, and after a disaster.
  • Plan and execute budgets and exercise fiscally responsible decision-making and resource management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the various technologies available to detect and respond to emergency situations.