Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate

This innovative certificate program will augment your knowledge of emergency management practices in the United States with an understanding of contemporaneous disaster situations globally, as well as how to prepare and respond to them. It should prepare you for a career in relevant disaster relief agencies, government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), multilateral agencies, and other similar bodies. As natural and human-made disasters escalate worldwide, there is an increasing need for professionals who have the requisite skills in community-based disaster risk management and disaster resilience.

This certificate requires successful completion of the Professional Development Series (PDS) offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and 3 elective courses offered by the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Upon successful completion of each University of Massachusetts Boston course, you will receive 3.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for a total of 10.5 CEUs. For the number of CEUs awarded for the FEMA Professional Development Series, visit

Required courses

Successful completion of the Professional Development Series (PDS) offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): These courses provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those interested in the emergency management profession.


You may choose 3 of the following electives:


Registration is available by email, in-person, by fax, or by mail.

Download Non-credit Registration Form

By Email
Email completed registration to:

One Stop Student Service Ctr
Campus Center, Upper Level
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By Fax
Fax completed registration to: 617.287.6242

By Mail
Mail completed registration to:
UMass Boston
Registrar’s Office-cc-4
Box C or Box NC
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393

More Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Adenrele Awotona
Program Director and Academic Advisor
Tel 617.287.7112
Fax 617.287.5544