What will I learn?

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster Resilience and Risk Management is designed to teach students the full complexity of disaster risk and resilience at the intersections of science, engineering, social science, and public policy. This certificate program helps students overcome discipline-specific conceptualizations, and generate new transdisciplinary knowledge and solutions for achieving disaster resilience. Students will learn the limitations of disciplinary approaches to managing disaster and hazards risk, as well as the advantages of and approaches for integrating frameworks, methods, and perspectives used across disciplines. Students will also learn to conduct and evaluate case studies at different geographic scales, communication and critical vocabularies for effective stakeholder engagement, and collaborative skills needed for working effectively in interdisciplinary teams.

Which department am I in?

Virginia Tech

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

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

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,

BLACKSBURG,

Virginia,

24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Degree-seeking students will: Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Non-degree seeking students will: Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

For international students

Degree-seeking students will:

Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Non-degree seeking students will:

Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Students who have not earned a degree in the United States must submit:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 90 on the internet-based test (iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5
TOEFL scores of 20 or greater in Listening, Writing, Speaking, and Reading subsections.

Application Deadlines: Fall: April 1; Spring: September 1.

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

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About Virginia Tech

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