Disaster Studies

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

12 months
31796 USD/year
15196 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Master of Arts in Disaster Studies program offers students broad interdisciplinary training and experience in the field of emergency management with classes on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses.


Graduates from the program will enjoy a wide range of career opportunities as emergency management specialists, homeland security officers, hospital emergency preparedness administrators, public health planners, communication officers, and emergency response technicians.  

The program also prepares students for Ph.D. programs in emergency management, public health, and related fields.  Funding opportunities in the form of assistantships are available for both domestic and international students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Statistics
  • Graduate Methods
  • Disaster and Society
  • Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management
  • Principles of Emergency Management
  • Social Demography
  • Global Security
  • Terrorism
  • Disaster Vulnerability
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from any major.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31796 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15898 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7598 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Disaster Studies
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