Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate


  • Please note: The Emergency and Disaster Management Certificate is not currently admitting new students. Courses that were formerly offered in the certificate program may still be available for registration.

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, nonprofit 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) through its Independent Study program, 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 https://training.fema.gov/is/ceus.aspx.


Successful completion of the Professional Development Series (PDS) offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): https://training.fema.gov/is/searchis.aspx?search=PDS. 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:

Schedule & Fees

Fall 2017 - Offered online

Course Dates Fee Class No Register
PRFTRN102 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1586 Cancelled
PRFTRN104 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1588 Closed
PRFTRN149 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1593 Cancelled
PRFTRN173 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1594 Cancelled
PRFTRN174 Sep 11 - Dec 8 $750 1595 Cancelled

To Register

Registration is currently not available.

Request 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
email: crscad@umb.edu