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Master's Degree

Master's Degree in Managing Complex Disasters

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.

Dickinson will train the next generation of professionals to be effective and ethical practitioners in the disaster management field.
After completing this program, graduates will be able to

  • Respond and adapt effectively to complex disasters.
  • Critically examine and analyze contemporary issues and challenges.
  • Exercise leadership in the face of complex international situations

This 30 credit hour master’s program can be completed in one year as a full-time student or two years as a part-time student.

Students will have the option of enrolling in a 10-course master’s degree program (three required core courses and any seven other courses). All courses are 3-credits each.  

Note: a maximum of 9 transfer credits will be accepted.


Managing Complex Disasters  

A survey course designed to introduce students to basic issues and concepts relating to human security. Students will discuss natural sources of disasters, including climate change, environmental degradation, and pandemics.  They will also be introduced to human sources of vulnerability, including poverty, racism, marginalization, and poor governance.  Students will also discuss the prerequisites for effective emergency management.  

Mixed Methods in Disaster and Complex Emergency Research

This course will provide an introduction to mixed methods research in disaster / complex emergency studies.  Mixed methods research explores the interaction of quantitative and qualitative data.

Capstone seminar 

Students will work together on the construction of either a multi-issue country report (for example, mapping the human security situation in a specific country) or a single-issue report (a study of multiple factors that combine to influence a single issue, such as food security or public health) at either the global or regional level.