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Disaster and Emergency Management

Main organization(s): Royal Roads University, School of Peace and Conflict Management


Master of Arts


The MA in Disaster and Emergency Management program is a two-year interdisciplinary degree dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing disaster and emergency management professionals. The program explores the theoretical foundations of disaster and emergency management as a growing field of practice and study. Integral to the design of the MA in Disaster and Emergency Management program is the understanding that disasters are more than hazards: rather they are a product of the inter-relationship and mutual construction of the environmental, social, economic, and political spheres. This approach supports the notion that disaster and emergency management processes and practices can and should contribute to risk reduction, community resilience and sustainable communities. The program design incorporates both individual and team-based learning strategies, and in the first year, offers students an applied skills course. In the second year of studies students conduct an applied research project on a topic of personal interest.

Target audience

This degree is designed for existing and aspiring disaster management and emergency services professionals. Students require a degree and/or experience in disaster and emergency management. All applications are assessed based on an integrated and consolidated examination of academic credentials, work experience and personal experience. Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please visit our program admission page for more admission information.

Admission Requirement

Bachelor degree in the relevant field, experience of working in the area of disaster / emergency management, proficiency in English (TOEFL or other recognised test scores). For more information please see the university homepage.



Geographical coverage



2 years.

Application procedure

View application procedure online.

Deadline for application

See application deadlines online.


Dr. Greg Cran, Director
School of Peace & Conflict Management
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2
Tel: +18 887787272

Last updated

03 Oct 2012

  • Type Blended programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) Canada (Victoria, Canada.)
  • Language English

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