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DRLA has rolling enrollment and is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 term.

The Graduate Program in Disaster Resilience Leadership equips students with an interdisciplinary view of the challenges and best practice approaches to leadership in the disaster resilience and humanitarian aid fields to prepares them for careers in:

  • emergency preparedness
  • disaster management
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • nonprofit leadership
  • grass-root development
  • disaster risk and recovery

DRLA Core Competencies

DRLA Core Competencies

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy is the first disaster and risk management graduate program that specifically targets the creation and development of future leaders with a focus on resilience models that produce effective and positive outcomes.

As current and future leaders, our students experience a robust leadership capacity to facilitate effective resilient programs.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in DRL

    The program aims to advance the field of disaster resilience leadership by training and nurturing current and future leaders with various time formats, as well as promoting research and stimulating global innovation in the disaster resilience and humanitarian assistance community.

  • Dual Degrees: MSW/MS

    Designed for motivated students wishing to pursue a career that supports the capacity of vulnerable populations to address the root causes of humanitarian crises.

  • Certificate in DRL

    The Certificate in Disaster Resilience Leadership focuses on the 5 core academic competency courses: Human and Social Factors, Disaster Economics, Disaster Operations and Policy, Environment and Infrastructure, and Leadership.


The DRL graduate program applies the knowledge of the context of disasters to leadership that leads to resilient, sustainable, post-disaster communities.  Students include current and future professionals from a variety of fields who want to develop and hone the skills needed to lead with confidence.


DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferriera Appears on Earth911 Podcast

DRLA Director Dr. Reggie Ferriera joins Earth911's Mitch Ratcliffe on a podcast to talk about the intersection of climate change, mental health, and resilience.

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DRLA Fellow George Haddow Provides Expertise to Washington Post on Study of FEMA Flood Buyouts

George Haddow, who is a Fellow in our Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, provided his expertise in a Washington Post article about a recent study of FEMA buyouts.

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Dr. Tonya Hansel, faculty member and DSW program director, Published in Journal of Family Strengths

Dr. Tonya Hansel studied behavioral health outreach strategies, risk screening, and triage of children and families in areas affected by disasters as part of a leadership team with the Louisiana Spirit Recovery Program.

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