Disaster & Emergency Management – Education, Degrees, Universities

A couple of days ago I wrote a blog post about making a massive career shift. After five years of working as a marketing specialist, I’m now changing tracks and starting a career in Disaster Management and Emergency Planning. I will be pursuing an MSc. in Disaster Management in this field starting September this year.


“Definitely a conversation starter.”

“What are the job opportunities in this field?”

“What will you be doing?”

“How did you find this?”

“How come interest in this field?”

“Why Europe*?”

↑ These are the comments and questions I’ve heard from people when I informed them of my decision.

As you can tell,  people are very unaware of off-beat education and employment opportunities and that has been glaringly obvious in my interaction regarding Disaster Management. I also didn’t have much information about this (still don’t) and I struggled to find relevant information. There aren’t any magazines or education portals that rank colleges’ programs on Disaster Management like they do for MBA and MTech. There aren’t a whole lot of people whom you know who work in this field. In my previous blog post I mentioned that there isn’t much information about this field available online, therefore I want to share as much information as I can about it. Because this is an important field of work and it needs more professionals, and that won’t happen if there isn’t enough information about it. I’m starting to learn about this and I aim to document whatever I learn and do in this field on my blog. Hopefully, the next time someone like me wants to enter this field, they will have some relevant information here to guide them.

Let’s start the series with educational institutions that provide courses on this.

There are very few institutions that provide UG/PG/certification/diploma programs in Disaster Management and Emergency Planning. Can you guess how many? I know about less than 50 colleges. Some of these universities I found through Google search. But I found out about most of them on LinkedIn. I posted on a LinkedIn group asking for some leads and many people responded. In fact, I received over 80 comments on that post.

In no particular order, here are the universities I know about (FYI – I haven’t checked out each of these) :

  1. Coventry University
  2. King’s College London
  3. Northumbria University
  4. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  5. University College London
  6. IGNOU
  7. Portsmouth University
  8. Tulane University
  9. SDSU for Homeland Security
  10. Leicester University
  11. University of Delaware
  12. American Military University
  13. Eastern Kentucky University
  14. Millersville University
  15. University of the Free State
  16. African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS)
  17. Royal Roads University
  18. BRAC University
  19. Edith Cowan University
  20. Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology
  21. University of Copenhagen
  22. Lund University
  23. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Grips)
  24. Philadelphia University
  25. Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University
  26. Charles Darwin University
  27. Universiti Putra Malaysia
  28. University of Canterbury
  29. Bahir Dar University, College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies
  30. Metropolitan College of New York
  31. York University
  32. University of Peshawar
  33. Polytechnic University of Milan
  34. Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  35. University of Phoenix
  36. Community College of The Air Force
  37. The University of Queensland
  38. Penn State University
  39. Texas A&M university
  40. The George Washington University
  41. University of Auckland

There maybe more universities but I don’t know about them. If you know of any such institutes, please comment below. Every bit of information shared may be priceless for somebody, somewhere. That’s also a subtle way of asking you to share this post 🙂


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