Doha Information Session


Program Overview

  • Who should apply for this program? The ideal candidate for the executive master’s program has 6+ years of experience and is currently serving in a leadership position in emergency or risk management, disaster response, or a closely-related field. Students represent the full diversity of this profession, coming from backgrounds related to public health, medicine, international humanitarian assistance, first response, community service, law enforcement, defense, and of course domestic emergency management. Applicants must demonstrate a clear vision for how this program fits into their specific plans for career development.
  • What is a cohort enrollment program? This simply means that each enrollment class, or cohort, moves through the program as a group. Additionally, there are no electives for this program. Each cohort must complete all five courses in chronological order, with each course including a mixture of online study and on-site residencies.
  • How many students are in each cohort? Overall enrollment in the program varies each year, but individual cohorts will range from 20-30 students.
  • Where are the courses held? To minimize vital time away from participants’ jobs, the EDM-GCC degree uniquely blends online instruction with on-site residencies. The residencies include classroom discussions and thought-provoking field visits to locations including Washington, D.C. and Doha, Qatar. Online classes are held weekly and include both synchronous and asynchronous content.
  • Who pays for students’ transportation to the on-site residencies? Students are responsible for making and financing their own transportation arrangements to and from each on-site residency location. Travel expenses are not included in tuition costs. However, at each residency location, accommodation, local transport and some meals will be covered by tuition.
  • How long does it take to complete the program? This cohort program will begin on August 30, 2017 and end on August 19, 2018. Students must successfully complete the EDM-GCC program’s five courses, including both online study and on-site field residencies at various locations, in order to graduate from the program.
  • What is the relationship between Georgetown University in Qatar and the Washington campus? GU-Q is an additional location of Georgetown University’s Main Campus in Washington, D.C. The Qatar campus offers the same Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree and curriculum as the Main Campus. The EDM-GCC is a program of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) in Washington, D.C.
  • Will I be required to have a laptop or any special software to complete this program? Students will need access to the internet, as well as electronic word processing and spreadsheet tools to complete their assignments on a timely basis. Laptops and office software will not be provided by the program.
  • Is the EDM-GCC program accredited by Gulf States? Georgetown University, which offers the EDM-GCC program, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information, visit



  • Do you require the GMAT? GMAT is not required for the EDM-GCC program.
  • What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score? Applicants should have a minimum TOEFL score of 550–600 (paper-based), 225–250 (computer-based), or 90–100 (iBT). Alternatively, they should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0–8.0. Applicants can also prove their English language competency by providing proof of a bachelor’s or advanced degree earned from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • What is the deadline for application? All materials for the EDM-GCC program, including a completed online application, personal essay, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, ECE/WES transcript evaluations, and IELTS/TOEFL scores (or proof of degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction) must be received by May 1, 2017. Transcripts should be mailed to:
    Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
    Office of Admissions
    640 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20001
  • Is an interview required? An interview is not required, however the application review committee may contact the applicant if they have specific questions about their application.
  • Can I get financial assistance from the university to pay for the costs of the EDM-GCC degree? No financial aid or tuition assistance is provided for applicants in this program. Candidates are required to pay for their own studies or find alternative funding sources independently.
    To learn more about payment options please visit the student accounts page.

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  • If my work schedule conflicts with one of the on-site residencies, what are my options? Student participation is required for each course module, including keeping pace with online assignments and attendance at on-site residencies. If you cannot commit to all of the on-site residency dates, we encourage you to apply to the next available cohort or to consider the online or on-campus program.
  • Can I fit this program into my work schedule? Students are required to adjust their work schedule around the online and on-site portions of the program. The on-site residencies are designed as six-day blocks to help minimize work interruptions. The online course study is conducted live and is scheduled weekly.
  • Do I need to be financially sponsored by my employer to undertake the program? Being sponsored by an employer is not a condition for admission to the program. Students may pay for the program as they deem appropriate.
    To learn more about payment options please visit the student accounts page.


Other questions

  • Can I bring my spouse or guardian with me to the residencies? No guests are permitted in any of the venues or site visits for the program. Students are not advised to bring guests to the program residencies as it may distract from the learning experience. Anyone accompanying the student does so at their own risk, liability and at additional personal expense. The University is not responsible for any direct or indirect costs associated with spouses or chaperones.
  • Do students need to be a particular age to participate in this program? There are no age restrictions for the program. However, the ideal candidate has at least 6 years of work experience and is currently serving in a position in emergency or risk management, disaster response, or a closely-related field. Students generally come from a wide range of professions, including backgrounds related to public health, medicine, international humanitarian assistance, first response, community service, law enforcement, defense, and of course domestic emergency management.
  • Will I need a visa to travel to the residency locations? Depending on their nationality and the relevant immigration laws, students may be required to obtain a visa in order to enter the United States, Oman or Qatar. Students are solely responsible for applying for and obtaining their own visas for entry to all countries which serve as host to the program residencies and site visits. The EDM staff will assist students by providing the relevant documents needed for visa applications or other immigration materials. However, Georgetown University bears no responsibility if the student fails to obtain his or her visa in a timely fashion.
  • Can citizens of any country apply for this program? Georgetown University is subject to the embargo and economic sanctions regulations promulgated by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As such, the following categories of persons will not be able to enroll or participate in programs or activities in which Georgetown is involved unless such enrollment or participation is authorized under applicable OFAC regulations or by an OFAC general or specific license:
    1. Citizens or residents of countries subject to a comprehensive U.S. embargo (presently Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria); it being understood that citizens of any country who are ordinarily resident in non-sanctioned countries – as demonstrated by an ID or Residence Permit for that country – will be allowed to enroll unless subject to clause (2) below.
    2. Persons included on the OFAC list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons available at:
  • What is the difference between the EDM-GCC and the EDM program? The various EDM programs do share similarities and content structure and all of them have some emphasis and content related to international emergency and disaster management situations. The GCC program has additional contextualized content based the needs of the GCC member nations. To compare the various programs please visit:
  • Is it possible to join the EDM-GCC program if I don’t live in any of the GCC states? Participants in the program are not required to be a national or resident of a GCC member nation. Applicants from all parts of the world who would benefit from the program content and structure are encouraged to apply.
  • How do I find out more about the program? Please carefully review all sections of the website, and download and read the brochure. If you still have questions please email them or call us +974 4457 8222 or +1 202 687 8664. 

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