A Cohort-Based Program

As a cohort-based program, students must enroll at the beginning of each academic year. To earn a degree in this intensive one-year program, students must successfully complete all five, six-credit program courses (30 credits total), including the Capstone course. Each course combines online learning activities with intensive, on-site sessions.

Degree Requirements

In the Georgetown EDM-GCC program, students gain a firsthand look at preparing for and managing complex crises through an intense curriculum that combines:

  • Lectures and face-to-face learning
  • Online coursework, interactive exploration, webinars, group discussions, and independent learning
  • Onsite work at multiple renowned locations: Doha, Qatar; Muscat, Oman; and Washington, D.C.
  • Comprehensive overviews of the technical, legal, and ethical principles that govern the work of emergency and disaster management professionals

This is a practice-oriented curriculum—a hallmark of Georgetown’s professional studies graduate programs—that immerses students in the fast-paced world of emergency management. Throughout the duration of the program, students will be challenged to closely examine current emergency management systems and brainstorm innovative alternatives to overcoming future threats.

Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in the first course (Theory & Regional Collaboration Framework) and the final course (Capstone) to graduate from the EDM program.

Student Travel Requirements


Students are required to be on-site at various locations for each course’s six-day residency. Students must make and finance their own transportation arrangements to each residency location. Seven nights of lodging and some meals are covered by regular tuition. The EDM staff will make all hotel arrangements.

Only students are able to attend residencies; no guests are permitted.

Students are required to arrive no later than 5 p.m. in the evening before the day the residency program begins and may not leave before the program ends. For example, for MPEM-501 in 2017 based on the tentative dates set, students should plan to arrive in Doha, Qatar, no later than 5 p.m. the evening of September 15 and leave no earlier than 7 p.m. in the evening on September 21, 2017. 

Visas and Documentation

The EDM staff will assist students by providing the relevant documents required for students to apply for any required visas or immigration documents. However, students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas required for entry into Qatar, the United States, and Oman. Georgetown University will bear no liability if the student fails to obtain his or her visa in a timely fashion. 

If a student is unable to procure a visa for a particular residency or for any reason cannot participate in that residency, the student will have to withdraw from the program or take a leave of absence and re-enroll with a future cohort. The EDM staff will follow the University-approved standard refund schedule for EMPS programs; additional information about withdrawals and leaves of absence can be found in the Professional Studies Student Handbook.


The tuition for the first cohort of the program during the 2017-18 academic year is estimated to be $60,269 USD. This comprises an estimated tuition rate of $1,995/credit for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 terms and an estimated tuition rate of $2,065/credit for the Summer 2018 term (the rate for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 terms will be confirmed in February 2017; the rate for summer 2018 will be confirmed in February 2018).

Tuition for the EMPS-EDM program includes:

  • Hotel for each on-site field study (seven nights for each residency)
  • Transportation once students arrive at each residency
  • Some meals

Students are responsible for the following costs:

  • Travel to and from each location (see program schedule for current field study locations)
  • Some meals
  • $60 USD mandatory student health insurance fee for each course requiring international travel (charged once/course, or five times in total)
  • One-time $50 USD transcript fee
  • Books and course materials (approximately $1,300 USD)

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