Graph showing disaster trends in the MENA region
Graph showing average number of disaster in the MENA region between 1951 and 2013

EDM Launch

The Executive Master of Professional Studies (EMPS) in Emergency & Disaster Management (EDM) degree, offered by the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, prepares emergency management professionals to effectively mitigate potential threats and manage response efforts.

With a focus on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations and endorsed by the GCC Emergency Management Center, this specialized format of the EDM-GCC program is designed to shape the next generation of leaders in government, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations.

Featuring a blend of learning formats including on-site intensives in Doha, Muscat, and Washington, D.C., the program provides participants with a strategic understanding of emergency management while integrating critical thinking exercises, hands-on practice, and engagement with some of the world’s top industry experts and organizations.

Emergencies and disasters in the GCC present a unique challenge, as natural hazards and man-made threats can cut across borders and affect multiple countries. Events may include severe weather, unintentional hazardous material incidents, water shortages, acts of terrorism, technological hazards, humanitarian crises, and mass displacement. The program enables professionals working in the emergency and disaster management field to effectively manage and prepare for these hazards.


Features of the Emergency and Disaster Management program include:

  • Regional Focus: Participants develop the knowledge and tools needed to address a variety of threats and hazards, particularly those specific to the Gulf region, while gaining a deeper understanding of how to navigate roles, responsibilities, and resources across GCC member nations.
  • Applied Curriculum: Thought leaders and practitioners bring real-world experience directly into the classroom, introducing students to the global complexity of natural and man-made disasters.
  • Cohort Learning Experience: The program fosters both communication and trust-building—key elements of emergency and disaster management—through group projects, class discussions, and on-site residencies.
  • Building Resilience: Students develop the skills they need to enhance community resilience, such as communicating effectively, making critical decisions, and influencing others to act in a crisis.
  • Intensive Study: Five contiguous program courses combine rigorous online study and hands-on experience to impart depth and breadth of knowledge in the emergency and disaster management field.


About the GCC Emergency Management Center:

The GCC EMC is a specialized unit based in Kuwait that aims for increased coordination, convergence, and integration among the member countries of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Established in 2013, the center aims to enhance regional risk management, support regional incident response and promote regional integration and interoperability. The EMC supports the EDM-GCC program in order to promote candidates to be academically qualified in emergency management and to enrich and increase the number of qualified specialists in the GCC.


More information and application requirements:

Those interested in learning more about the EDM-GCC degree can do so on the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies website, or by downloading the brochure in Arabic or English.

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