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Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 1 year of full-time study.
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Help develop community disaster resilience

Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management will broaden your knowledge of disaster prevention and management.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Emergency management (also known as civil defence or disaster management) is an exciting and growing global profession.

Massey’s revised Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management focuses solely on undergraduate courses. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of elective courses.

You’ll gain skills in emergency management planning and incident management, which will qualify you to work in a range of contexts.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management but don’t want to do postgraduate study
  • Need to do more undergraduate courses to enter postgraduate study
  • Have emergency management experience with local authorities, safety agencies or international aid organisations
  • Are interested in disaster risk reduction and emergency management
Colin Russell
Senior Trainer, Officer Development - New Zealand Fire Service

“It will increase your capacity for both critical and strategic thinking…”

I undertook the diploma in emergency management programme as part of my personal career development plan. I had no clear idea at the time of exactly what I was signing up for. As I got into study, I found that all the papers provided me with not just an increased theoretical knowledge, but also some really practical skills that I was able to apply to my role immediately. I was a little apprehensive about taking on university study whilst working full time, I needn’t have worried, as the papers were well planned and very achievable. I highly recommend this programme to managers in our continually developing emergency management industry, it will increase your capacity for both critical and strategic thinking. It certainly did for me.


Our graduates normally find positions as mid-to-senior level managers in organisations such as:

  • Public and private sector civil defence and emergency management staff
  • Lifeline utility professionals
  • Fire, ambulance and defence services staff
  • Health services professionals
  • Managers or directors in the civil services
  • Policy analysts

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