Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

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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.

Application deadlines
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.

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.

Application deadlines
There are none for this program.

Emergency Management

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.

Application deadlines
There are none for this program.

Financial Aid

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
email: crscad@umb.edu


Attention U.S. Veterans!

Veterans enrolled in the Global Post-Disaster Studies programs may be eligible for the GI Bill. Read More 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

U.S. students enrolled in the Global Post-Disaster Studies Certificate Program may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Read More 

Completing one of our programs opens up many new opportunities.

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