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