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April 2014 Overview: GD Disaster & Emergency Management

The Graduate Diploma (GD) in Disaster and Emergency Management program explores the theoretical foundations of disaster and emergency management as a growing field of practice and study.

Delivery Model


Building upon Royal Roads' expertise in blended learning and online course delivery, the GD in Disaster and Emergency Management program features two three-week mandatory residencies, interactive online courses, cohort and team-based learning projects, applied assignments, and a major research project. Because the program is designed for working professionals, students can pursue their studies while still continuing to work full-time. Students can expect to work hard during the residency period. The normal classroom schedule is Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are completed outside of these hours. In addition to the educational activities, there are a number of planned recreational events.


Normally, students take one distance course at a time, for a period of approximately 12 weeks each. Prior to beginning each course, students are provided with a list of texts and/or readings. A variety of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, case studies, videos, and DVDs are used for course delivery.

Online Learning

After the first residency period, students continue to work in teams using the Online Learning Platform. At their own convenience, students work through the requirements of each course (although there are "real time" deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.). Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 14 hours per week. Following the second residency, students work independently to complete a theoretical or applied research project, either at their place of employment or with another agency of their choice.

As much as possible, the readings are available to students online at no charge.  However, students may need to purchase the texts and/or readings that are not available online, through other means such as our bookstore.