Gulf Cooperation Council - EMPS in Emergency and Disaster Management

Gulf Cooperation Council Program

Hybrid Format

Explore a variety of threats and hazards, particularly those specific to the Gulf region, while gaining a deeper understanding of how to navigate responsibilities and resources across GCC member nations.

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The Executive Master of Professional Studies (EMPS) in Emergency & Disaster Management (EDM) is designed to shape the next generation of leaders in government, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations. With a focus on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations and endorsed by the GCC Emergency Management Center (EMC), this specialized format of the EMPS EDM program prepares emergency management professionals to effectively mitigate potential threats and manage response efforts.

As a student in the program, you’ll develop the knowledge and tools needed to address a variety of threats and hazards, particularly those specific to the Gulf region. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate roles, responsibilities, and resources across GCC member nations.


Number of Credits
30 credits

Online with 5 residencies



Required Years of Experience
6+ years

1 year

Semester of Entry

Through a blend of online learning and on-site residencies, our program introduces you to the global complexity of natural and man-made disasters. You’ll complete one-week residencies in Doha, Muscat, and Washington, D.C., where you’ll tackle challenges such as foreign disaster aid, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, natural disasters, and humanitarian crises.

In between residencies, you’ll learn through a combination of real-time lectures, online coursework, and group discussions. This component of the program is entirely virtual, so you can complete your studies from the comfort of your home or office.

Designed for experienced emergency management leaders and practitioners, our cohort-based program fosters both communication and trust-building—key elements of emergency and disaster management—while providing opportunities for you to connect with other senior-level professionals in the field.

Upon completing the program, you’ll be prepared with the skills required to enhance community resilience, mitigate disasters, and lead response efforts in times of crisis and uncertainty.

*Tuition for the Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 terms will be available in early 2018.