Disaster and Emergency Management, M.A.

Disaster and Emergency Management, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The MA in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University 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.

About

The Disaster and Emergency Management Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University 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.

Learning Outcomes

Royal Roads University works with an outcomes-based learning model. Learning outcomes are clear, plain language descriptors of knowledge and performance tasks that students demonstrate in order to successfully complete a program.

Within the MA in Disaster and Emergency Management, there are five key learning outcome domains:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Knowledge
  • Professional Skills & Practice

Using learning outcomes helps to clarify a program’s focus, helps students connect their program to their workplace, provides a focus for assessment/evaluation, and helps employers understand the benefits of the program.

Who It’s For

This degree is designed for existing and aspiring disaster management and emergency services professionals. Many students come from the fields of government, emergency management, healthcare, education, NGOs, military, police, fire and community planning.

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 Process. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Foundations in Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Facilitation, Coordination and Decision Making in Multi-Stakeholder Environments
  • Human Dimensions of Disasters
  • Foundations of Research in Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Hazard and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Disaster Response and Sustainable Recovery
  • Disaster and Emergency Management Planning: From Policy to Practice
  • Advanced Professional Practice: Planning for Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty
  • Short Paper
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Foundations of Policy and Practice in Humanitarian Action
  • Human Dimensions of Disasters and Conflict: Trauma, Stress and Resilience
  • Ethno-political Conflicts in the Canadian Context
  • Professional Field Placement
  • Case Studies in Humanitarian Action: Advanced Policy and Practice
  • Planning for Resilience in 21st Century Environments
  • Environmental and Resource Based Conflict
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Standard Admission
  • Four year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a relevant and related field*, with a minimum GPA of 'B+' (3.33/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Flexible Admission

    • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will be required to have a minimum 5 years of relevant* professional experience.
    • Applicants without an undergraduate degree will normally require 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of two years of relevant* professional experience.
    • All flexible admission applicants will be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum B+ (77%).

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15317 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30634 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    12155 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24310 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Financial planning is a crucial component of early educational planning. Please review funding opportunites well before your program begins to help build a reasonable budget.

Loans

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Awards

Explore a variety of competitively-awarded scholarships, awards, and bursaries available from RRU and other funding agencies.

Research Scholarships

RRU manages the scholarship administration for select funding agencies. These are some of the more substantial awards.

Other Funding

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StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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