Academic Programs and Financial Aid
Get an overview of our four certificate programs in our brochure
The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Massachusetts Boston in collaboration with the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) offers
Global Post-Disaster Studies: Planning, Development and Reconstruction with Vulnerable Populations
Our unique online 18-credit program promotes a participatory approach to rebuilding that involves all community members, particularly those most vulnerable. It equips professionals with the skills to lead long-term planning to rebuild safe, productive, and sustainable communities. For more info, click here.
Students may register online for summer courses.
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1 (October 1 for international students)
Master of Science in Urban Planning and Community Development
The new MS program in Urban Planning and Community Development (UPCD), housed in the School for the Environment, starts in fall 2015. Three of CRSCAD’s courses constitute a Concentration in the MS UPCD program and three are electives. The six courses have, therefore, been cross-listed with UPCD.
CRSCAD 501/601L - Social Vulnerability to Disasters, 3 credits
CRSCAD 502/602L - Climate Change, Global Food and Water Resources, 3 credits
CRSCAD 503/603L - Reconstruction After the Cameras Have Gone, 3 credits
CRSCAD 521/621L - Human Dignity, Human Rights and Sustainable Post-Disaster Reconstruction, 3 credits
CRSCAD 524/624L - Survival Skills for the 21st Century: Developing Personal, Organizational & Community Resiliency Skills, 3 credits
CRSCAD 543/643L - The Political Economy of International Migration, 3 credits
A student who successfully completes the graduate certificate program in Global Post-Disaster Studies may be eligible to apply to complete the course requirements for an MS in Urban Planning and Community Development.
For more information, please visit UPCD’s website.
Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management
Looking beyond immediate post-disaster conditions, this online program fosters long-term strategic thinking using a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle complex and intertwined technical and socio-cultural aspects of disaster. For more info, click here.
Students may register online for Spring courses.
There are none for this program.
In a world where natural and man-made disasters can occur at any time, communities and their emergency support organizations need to be prepared to respond. Develop your skills in emergency planning and response with these two certificates to step in at times of need in your community.
There are none for this program.
The 18-credit Global Post-Disaster Studies Certificate Program is approved by the Department of Education and U.S. graduate students in the program may be eligible to apply for federal Title IV financial aid programs, including the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. For more info, click here.
Attention U.S. Military Veterans! The online courses in Global Post Disaster Studies and Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management are approved for the GI Bill. For more information, please visit https://www.umb.edu/admissions/va or contact the Director of the UMass Boston Office of Veterans Affairs Augusto St. Silva at 617.287.5875 or email Augusto.StSilva@umb.edu.
For more information about any of the above programs, please contact:
Professor Adenrele Awotona, Program Director
Tel 617.287.7112; Fax 617.287.5544