York's Master of Disaster & Emergency Management (MDEM) is the only graduate program of its kind in Ontario and one of only two in Canada. It is designed to meet the critical need for professionals with advanced level knowledge and abilities in this exciting and important field. The program will appeal to those currently working in the field looking to assume positions of increasing responsibility as well as those aspiring to become Disaster & Emergency Management professionals, and is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Disaster & Emergency Management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. In this exciting and rapidly expanding field you will explore key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals while honing your analytical, research and critical thinking skills. You will also gain a comprehensive understanding of how emergency management intersects with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on the strengths of faculty from across York University to offer a wide range of expertise in areas like environmental risks and management, natural hazards, business continuity, public health, public safety and security, crisis management, humanitarian aid and complex emergencies. Discover strategies to help save lives and property, reduce damage, and speed a community’s recovery from natural and human-induced disasters and emergencies.

This program prepares you to synthesize large amounts of complex information and make sound decisions in challenging and often difficult circumstances. As a graduate you will be equipped with the knowledge and abilities needed to begin a career in emergency management, public safety or consultancy work for a range of positions in federal and provincial governments, large multinational companies, and non-governmental organizations like the Red Cross/Red Crescent, World Bank, Oxfam or UNICEF.