Disaster Studies M.A.


Natural and technological hazards pose increasing risks to the health and economic security of communities in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere in the United States, resulting in a growing need for trained emergency management professionals. The M.A. Degree in Disaster Studies at UTRGV provides students with critical training and experience in the field of emergency management to assist in preparing for and managing disasters when and where they occur. Offered on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses, the program is designed to accommodate the needs of professional students with coursework offered both online and evenings. Graduates from the program will enjoy a wide range of career opportunities as emergency management specialists, homeland security officers, hospital emergency preparedness administrators, public health planners, communication officers, and emergency response technicians. For those planning careers in research and teaching, the program also prepares students for Ph.D. programs in emergency management, public health, and related fields. Funding opportunities in the form of assistantships are available for both domestic and international students.

For additional information regarding the program, Edinburg students may contact Dr. William Donner and Brownsville students may contact Dr. Dawid Wladlyka.

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