College of Advancing and Professional Studies

Courses - Admission Information - FAQs - Faculty - Contact Us - Learning Outcomes

Program Introduction - Admission Information - Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty - Contact Us - Learning Outcomes


The program requires the successful completion of 18 credit hours of courses: 9 required and 9 electives. These inter-related courses bring a science-based and human rights approach to risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction.

Required courses:


Admission Information

To be accepted in the program, applicants must:

  1. Submit a completed Graduate Application form.
  2. Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  3. Submit a resume.
  4. Submit official transcripts from every institution previously attended.
  5. Submit a TOEFL (or IELTS) score that meets the requirements of the University of Massachusetts Boston for graduate study.
  6. Have access to computer technology for online study.
  7. Submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of interests/intent.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for this program?
Fall semester: June 1

Spring semester: November 1 (October 1 for international students)

Can I take a class if I haven’t been admitted to the program?
If you haven’t been admitted to the program yet, you can take courses as a non-matriculated student. You can then receive credit for up to two courses (six credits) if you apply and are accepted into the program.

How do I apply?
Navigate to the Graduate Admissions website to apply online or download a pdf of the application form and instructions.

What are the admission requirements for this program? Do I need to take the GRE?
For details of what you need to apply, navigate to Admission requirements. The GRE is not required for admission.

Are classes online or on-campus?
All classes will be taught online, although the Independent Study in Global Post Disasters course (CRSCAD 596) will also have an on-campus option.

Is a thesis required?
There will be written assignments in the courses but there will not be a thesis.

When and how do I register?
To view and register for a course, go to, select the semester you are interested in and select "Global Post Disaster Studies" under graduate courses by department.

How long will this take to complete?
Full-time studies would take 2 semesters (3 courses per semester); part-time studies could take from 3 semesters (2 courses per semester) to 4 semesters.

What are the costs for the program?
The basic cost is $1470 for each course in the CRSCAD online graduate certificate program. When you apply for acceptance into the program, there is an application fee of either $64 if you are in the US or $107 if you are in another country. When you are accepted into the program, there is a one time new student fee of $390 charged.

Students must also pay textbook fees and this will vary depending on what books the professors choose to assign.

Is there a way to see how an online course works?
You can "test drive" an online course at

Is financial aid available?
Yes, students enrolled in the program taking at least six credits are eligible to apply for federal Title IV financial aid programs, including the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at you can apply now for aid (at the same link).

For more info on financial aid and scholarships, click here.

Are payment plans available?
Yes, the staff at the Bursar’s Office can provide information about payment plans. Contact them at: or by phone at 617.287.5350.

Does CRSCAD offer a related program?
Yes, we offer professional development certificates in Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management, All Hazards Emergency Response and Protection and Inclusive Emergency Planning.

Are there any upcoming related events?
For upcoming and previous events, please go to

Faculty & Staff

Contact Us

For more information about the program, please contact us:

Adenrele Awotona
Program Director and Academic Advisor
Tel 617.287.7112
Fax 617.287.5544

Learning Outcomes

In this program, some of the student learning outcomes would include:

  1. An understanding of the social and historical context of post-disaster resettlement and rehabilitation
  2. An understanding of the broad and global issues connected with post-disaster reconstruction
  3. An understanding of the intersecting dynamics of human dignity, humiliation, and human rights in the context of post-disaster
  4. Basic knowledge of the major public policy dimensions of disasters
  5. An understanding of two of the most important challenges facing the global society today: food and water shortages, which are exacerbated by climate change, environmental degradation, and natural and human-caused disasters
  6. An insight into the complex nature of international disasters and an understanding of the roles of governments, international agencies and humanitarian organizations in responding to these challenges
  7. An understanding of resilience and the power to adapt to stress, adversity and trauma
  8. An ability to identify factors affecting social vulnerability in different contexts and through the disaster cycle
  9. An understanding of why some stateless populations become migrant and refugee populations (and why some do not)
  10. An ability to identify major causes of forced migration and develop an understanding of unauthorized migration in relationship to globalization

Course Offerings

Current Semester Offerings