Degree Requirements

MDEM degree by Major Research Paper

The program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The recommended time to completion is 4 terms for full-time students and 8 terms for part-time students.

Courses

Students must successfully complete 24 course credits including the following:

  1. Core required courses:6 credits
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5020 3.0: Disasters: Concepts and Causes (same as Environmental Studies 6401 3.0)
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5030 3.0: Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Disasters
  2. Six additional credits in research methods
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5051 3.0: Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5052 3.0 Quantitative Research Methods
  3. Twelve additional credits selected in consultation with the student's advisor, six of which must be from courses within the MDEM program. Other courses may be selected, in consultation with the student's advisor, from appropriate graduate courses offered across the university, based on the student's field of specialization. Normally these courses are from one of five broadly defined areas of study, as listed in the MA degree by course work section below.
  4. Major Research Paper

Candidates for the Masters of Arts in Disaster & Emergency Management are required to write a major research paper on an approved topic. Topics can either be a critical evaluation and synthesis of the current state of knowledge and research within a defined area of study or may focus on a specific research topic in depth. Papers must comprise original material of a scholarly nature, demonstrate that the student is capable of independent research and critical analysis and be of publishable quality. The major research paper should generally be between 80-100 pages. The paper will be supervised by a full member of the graduate program and graded on a pass/fail basis by a committee composed of the student's supervisor and one other faculty member.

MDEM degree by Course Work

The program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The recommended time to completion is four terms for full-time students and eight terms for part-time students.

Courses

Students must successfully complete 30 course credits including the following:

  1. Core required courses: 6 credits
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5020 3.0: Disaster Concepts and Causes/Same as Environmental Studies 6401 3.0
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5030 3.0: Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Disasters
  2. Three additional credits in research methods from either:
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5051 3.0: Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods
      OR
    • Disaster & Emergency Studies 5052 3.0 Quantitative Research Methods,
      OR
    • In consultation with the student's supervisor, an alternative three credits research methods from other graduate programs in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  3. Twenty-one additional credits, twelve of which must be from courses within the MDEM program. Nine credits may be selected, in consultation with the student's advisor, from appropriate graduate courses offered across the university based on student's field of specialization including the following listed below. Normally these courses are from one of five broadly defined areas of study. Students are allowed to take a relevant course at another Ontario university, if a similar one is not offered at York.

Public Safety and Security

  • ES/ENVS 5068 // ES/ENVS 4312 3.00 Global Justice and Humanitarian Internationalism
  • ES/ENVS 6147 3.00 Humanitarian Crises
  • GS/POLS 6225 3.00 Critical Security Studies
  • GS/POLS 6220 3.00 Contemporary Security Studies: Regional Security and Conflict Management

Environmental Issues and Disaster Management

  • ES/ENVS 5123 3.00 Environment and Behaviour
  • ES/ENVS 6146 3.00 Critical Theory of International Development
  • ES/ENVS 6175 3.00 Global Environmental Politics
  • GS/CMCT 6120 3.00 Culture and the Environment
  • GS/DEMS 5053 3.00 Topics in Business Continuity
  • ES/ENVS 6156 3.00 Critical Theory of International Development

Technology and Disaster Management</h4

  • GS/ESS 5420 3.00 Advanced Geospatial Information Technology
  • GS/GEOG 5050 3.00 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
  • GS/GEOG 5015 3.00 Remote Sensing & Image Processing for Geographical Analysis and Environmental Monitoring

Risks and Social Vulnerability

  • ES/ENVS 5068 // ES/ENVS 4312 3.00 Global Justice and Humanitarian Internationalism
  • ES/ENVS 5124 3.00 Development Studies
  • ES/ENVS 6137 3.00 Women, Development and Globalization
  • ES/ENVS 6147 3.00 Humanitarian Crises
  • ES/ENVS 6156 3.00 Critical Theory of International Development
  • GS/ADMS 6800 3.00 Global Mindsets and People Management
  • GS/SOCI 6310 3.00 Environmental Sociology
  • GS/SOCI 6315 3.00 Cultural Politics of Environment and Development II: Environmental Issues

Other

  • DEMS 5010-Advanced Disaster and Emergency Management
  • DEMS 5040-Natural Disasters
  • DEMS 5053-Topics in Business Continuity
  • DEMS 5060-Terrorism 1
  • DEMS 5070-Terrorism 2
  • DEMS 5080 6.00. Disaster and Emergency Management Field Experience
  • DEMS 5081 3.00. Applied Topics in Disaster and Emergency Management
  • DEMS 5082-Medical and Public Health Issues for Non-Medical Personnel
  • DEMS 5710-Critical Infrastructure Protection

For complete program requirements, see page 27 on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar