About the Program

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Prepare to meet tomorrow’s emergency management challenges with York University’s Master of Disaster & Emergency Management. The program takes both a theoretical and problem-oriented approach to Disaster & Emergency Management — exploring beyond simple cause and effect models to consider the complex interactions between our environmental, social and technological systems.

You will acquire the knowledge and understanding needed to enter and pursue a career in the field of disaster management, or to engage in more advanced studies. Studying on either a full-time or part-time basis in a flexible program that will allow you to pursue your own area of special interest, you will learn from an impressive group of academics with expertise in areas like environmental risks and management, natural hazards, business continuity, emergency planning, decision-making, leadership, public health, humanitarianism, crisis management, war and complex emergencies.

Chart your own academic path. Do things differently at York.

York allows you to do things differently. Our award-winning teachers, renowned researchers and high-quality programs let you study what you want with leaders in your field. York University's innovative and interdisciplinary approach to graduate studies allows students freedom to chart their own career path. Dive into research to create, cure or explore in areas such as anthropology, theatre, environmental studies, critical disability studies, neuroscience, and philosophy. Or embark on a professional program in law, education, human resources management, nursing, business or social work.

Whatever direction you choose, York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies is committed to making your education a meaningful and rewarding experience. You can look forward to stimulating seminar classes, one-on-one advising, and working closely with faculty distinguished in their fields of research. We offer funding assistance for fieldwork, conference presentation, and research ensuring your studies will be well supported and encouraged. A vibrant graduate community bonds students with similar interests and keeps research creative and engaging.

At York, you will join a dynamic, multicultural community of faculty, students, and staff dedicated to testing the boundaries and structures of knowledge. Open to the world, York’s graduate programs offer you the opportunity to participate in innovative and groundbreaking learning and research.