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What will I learn?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management will help you broaden your knowledge of disaster prevention and management.

Emergency management focuses on organising communities to respond to disasters. It looks at how to survive disasters, rebuild social structures and infrastructure, and sustain and preserve life.

Increase your knowledge of emergency management issues

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management will give you a range of knowledge. This entails theory and research in emergency management – its issues, practices and policies.

If you’re a mid-to-senior level emergency manager, and are interested in expanding your emergency management competencies, this diploma is for you. It is an advanced coursework degree. The Diploma will build on the core emergency management knowledge you’ve gained through industry experience and prerequisite qualifications. You’ll build advanced knowledge of emergency management at both operational and strategic levels.

Learn from the leaders

You’ll work closely with professionals at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research. This is an exciting collaboration between Massey University and GNS Science, based at Massey’s Wellington campus.


Our graduates normally find positions as mid-to-senior level managers within the following types of organisations:

  • local government
  • central government
  • public safety agencies
  • international humanitarian aid organisations.

Which department am I in?

School of People, Environment and Planning

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$36,390.00 (US$ 26,015) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February 2022


Wellington Campus

Massey University Wellington,

Wallace Street,


Mt Cook,

6021, New Zealand

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,360.00 (US$ 23,134) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2022

More details

Start date

Expected February, July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognized tertiary institution is required. English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL iBT- 90 overall (min 20 in Writing); PTE Academic - 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 180.

For international students

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management, or equivalent, with at least a B grade average, or
  • a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management or equivalent, with at least a B grade average, or
  • an undergraduate degree and at least two years of relevant industry or professional experience.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

If you are applying with a bachelor’s degree and relevant industry or professional experience, you will need to provide a curriculum vitae.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Massey University

Delivering outstanding learning and ground-breaking research, Massey University has a rich history of academic excellence.

  • Over 5,000 international students
  • Located over three campuses in New Zealand
  • Five innovative colleges
  • Conducts ground-breaking research