Develop the skills to respond to crises with a degree in Disaster Management

You can make a difference!

With disasters rising in frequency and severity, disaster management professionals are needed to help keep communities safe. Florida International University in Miami, Florida, offers world-class undergraduate and graduate degrees that educate and empower students to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

"It is literally for anyone, whatever your background or interest areas are. There is something you could be doing to help the global and local community in ways that are truly meaningful. You can be a master of disaster, too."

- Adam Schachner, AIDP student


Graduate degree

Ranked No. 4 in the nation by Best Accredited Colleges, the Master's degree in Disaster Management is an 11-month executive program culminating with a simulated field exercise that focuses on the practical issues that arise in a disaster.

Tuition for a Master’s degree
(Florida and non-Florida residents)

  • Total Online Cost: $19,990
  • Total In-person Cost: $24,990


Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor’s degree consists of 10 required courses within the major. For those who have previous experience as a first responder or military personal, up to 30 academic credits will be award for the learning acquired outside the classroom.

Tuition for a Bachelor’s degree
(Florida and non-Florida residents)

  • In state tuition: $619 per 3-credit course
  • Out of state tuition: $1,857 per 3-credit course
  • 87%

    of master’s students are adult learners with a full time job

  • 75%

    of bachelor’s students are adult learners with a full time job

Job outlook

  • $76,730Median annual salary
  • 6%The occupation of emergency management directors is projected to grow six percent between 2020 to 2030 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Careers in disaster management

Whether you’re a practicing or aspiring professional, a degree in disaster management can help open doors to new opportunities across the nation. FIU’s trained and talented instructors will prepare you to land positions in emergency management like:

  • Directors
  • Planners
  • Consultants
  • Mitigation specialists
  • Logistic agents
  • First responders

  • Chief emergency management officers
  • Federal disaster recovery coordinators
  • FEMA agents
  • Operations officers
  • Readiness initiative coordinators
  • And more