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M.A./M.Sc. in Disaster Management

Main organization(s): Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management


Disaster Management is emerging globally as a full-fledged academic discipline. Since disaster response has primarily been a practitioner's domain, its boundaries have been permeable. People from diverse backgrounds ' including relief workers, engineers, social scientists, or medical professionals ' have worked in disaster management. This has facilitated the growth of disaster management as a substantive field. However, as a field of practice, it demands specialisation to meet with the dynamic challenges posed by disasters.

The Master's programme in Disaster Management, offered by the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, aims at enhancing knowledge, capacities and skills, and perspective on disasters. While enabling an understanding of disasters from the vantage point of science and technology in prediction, mitigation and response, the programme will also foster a critical and reflective appreciation of current debates in disaster management within the framework of social and environmental justice, state and civil society dynamics, development, conflict and displacement, and globalisation.

Spread over 4 semesters, this Master's programme is a pioneering initiative within the country and has certain unique features which will enable mid-career professionals to combine their work with study. It has one year of intensive contact classes with field exposure and internship. Research is a compulsory component of the programme. In the second year, students have the option to work off campus with very limited course work.

The programme however, will follow a pre-determined calendar. It also offers multi-level entry'exit option where a student coming for a semester can obtain a Certificate in Disaster Management on completion of the stipulated requirements. Students who wish to continue through with the next semester would obtain a Diploma. Alternately, a student on completion of the Certificate programme could come back after a break (not exceeding 5 years from the date of completion of the Certificate programme), and join in for the second semester.

In order to obtain the Master's degree a student can complete the 4 semesters without a break or in an incremental manner after completing the credits required for a diploma. As an emerging field, the need for qualified personnel within disaster management is high. Students who graduate with this degree will find opportunities in the development sector with government and non-government organisations, with consultancy firms, or could go on to pursuing research, training and teaching careers.

Subject areas

The Master's programme is designed to include thematic and issue-based courses related to aspects such as the relationship between environment, livelihood and disasters, institutional building and governance, inequalities and social exclusion, local knowledge systems and disaster management.

The course will also endeavour to cultivate appropriate values, a strong multidisciplinary knowledge base and skills essential for intervention in disasters and their prevention. Students will develop expertise in select areas such as logistics and supply chain management, public health, information and communication, peace, conflict and human security, and so on.

Target audience

University students, Disaster management professionals.

Admission Requirement

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree of minimum three years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in Arts/Commerce/ Medicine/Law/Nursing/Sciences/Engineering with a minimum average of 50 per cent of marks (40 per cent for SCs and STs).



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2 Years full time, Semester exit option and multi entry option available. In the second year, students have the option to work off campus in distance education mode. For details please see the home page.

Application procedure

The final selection is based on a number of criterion - marks in undergraduate programme, written test and personal interviews. Those already with work experience will be preferred. Application can be obtained from Registrar office, TISS at the payment of prescribed fees. For details please see program home page.


Available for weaker sections, for details please see institute Homepage.

Tuition & cost

INR 63,244.00 including hostel, INR 49,844.00 without hostel facility. The fees is for first semester and consist of deposit money also.


Dr. Janki B. Andharia, Professor and Chairperson
JTCDM, Tata Institute of Social Services
Naoroji Campus Annexe, V.N. Purav Marg,
Deonar, Mumbai-400 088, India
Tel: + 91 22 2556 1548, 22 2550 7486

Last updated

10 Oct 2011

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Masters
  • Location(s) India (Mumbai)
  • Language English.

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