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Disaster and Emergency Management

Main organization(s): Royal Roads University, School of Humanitarian Studies


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. The program emphasizes an integrated and holistic approach to disaster and emergency management built on the understanding that disasters are more than hazards, and are products 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.

A one year Graduate Diploma in Disaster and Emergency Management is also offered.

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 program admissions page.



Geographical coverage



2 years

Application procedure

View application procedure online.

Deadline for application

See application deadlines online.


Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2
Tel: +1 877 778 6227

Last updated

17 Mar 2016

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

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