Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management and Sustainability

Disaster Studies (MA)

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The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management and Sustainability is a 12-hour fully online which provides new professional development to current working professionals in public safety, private security, law enforcement, and other professions which are related to disaster and emergency management. The certificate provides opportunities for students and professionals to acquire new professional knowledge and develop essential skills to fulfill their professional responsibilities. Students can complete the program in one academic calendar year by successfully completing two courses per semester. Students who have completed this certificate program can apply to continue their study in MA in Disaster Studies program and the 12 credits could be used toward the master degree.

Why UTRGV?

  • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
  • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
  • Experienced, dedicated faculty
  • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
  • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement

Admission Requirements

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

 
*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from any major.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
  • Certified English translation of educational records.
  • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
  • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

  • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

Program Contact

Program Coordinator: Dr. Dean Kyne

Phone: 956-665-2572

Office: Edinburg Campus, ELABN 3343

E-Mail: dean.kyne@utrgv.edu

Deadlines

Deadlines:

Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

*Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II semesters.

Tuition Estimate

Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
Texas Resident $1,481.39 $3,894.17 $5,925.56
Non-Resident/International $2,708.39 $7,575.17 $10,833.56


*We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

Course Requirements

Required core courses 6
SOCI 6331 Disaster and Society 3
SOCI 6333 Principles of Emergency Management 3
 
Prescribed Electives (Choose 2)
6
SOCI 6334 Disaster Vulnerability 3
SOCI 6335 Environmental Sociology 3
SOCI 6336 Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness 3
 
Total graduate hours for degree: 12
 

Course Descriptions:

SOCI 6331 Disaster and Society               [3‐0]

The course examines the relationship between disasters and society from a sociological perspective. Key themes involve preparedness, warning response, mitigation, social vulnerability, long and short term recovery, and international hazard management.

SOCI 6333 Principles of Emergency Management              [3‐0]

The course provides an overview of key emergency management activities, organizations, and institutions with a focus on emergency response, planning, mitigation, and recovery. Students will better understand the theory and practice of managing routine and non-routine emergencies, disasters, and hazards. A focus on how emergency management interacts with public, private, and non-profit institutions will be maintained throughout the course.

SOCI 6334 Disaster Vulnerability             [3‐0]

The course covers major demographic theories of individual and community vulnerability to disaster. It is intended to provide students with a general understanding of patterns of resilience and vulnerability among and between different social groups, as well as an understanding of techniques used by emergency management to assist vulnerable groups in coping with disaster.

SOCI 6335 Environmental Sociology             [3‐0]

Throughout the course students will be challenged to think about how the structural and cultural elements of society shape environmental change. The overall goal of the course is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the influence of our collective lives on the natural world.

SOCI 6336 Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness           [3‐0]

The course provides a summary of techniques and strategies used by emergency organizations to mitigate and prepare for natural and technological hazards. A focus is maintained on how emergency managers communicate, acquire resources and funds, and manage staff in organizational environments.

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