Examine the crisis management cycle, including risk analysis and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and learning, with an emphasis on humanitarian emergencies.

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This course focuses on developing leadership and management skills for crises situations. In your online coursework, you will explore the dynamics and processes (individual, group, institutional, bureaucratic, and psychological) that impact leadership decision-making in times of crisis. This aims to help you decipher patterns of decision-making, leadership, and organizational design that appear effective (or ineffective) in forecasting, preparing for, managing, communicating about, and learning from crises. You will gain a common set of perspectives and tools to more effectively navigate a wide range of crises including humanitarian emergencies, political instability, natural disasters, health pandemics, industrial accidents, financial crises, and foreign policy crises.

The three-week portion of the program in Jordan aims to prepare you to be an effective program and project manager in the context of emergencies and crises. You will explore theories, principles, and tools of program and project management and receive hands-on training to build the skills needed to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate effective programs. The course also exposes you to the professional and ethical standards in designing and implementing a program in the context of emergencies and introduces the emerging trends of resilience building, accountability, and inclusion of the vulnerable subgroups including women, children, and disabled populations.


  • Explore how governments and nongovernmental organizations worldwide have managed crises and the dynamics impacting crisis management.
  • Visit international NGOs and community-based organizations in Jordan to learn about the services they provide and the challenges they face.
  • Develop the skills required to design and implement a humanitarian program in the context of emergencies.
  • Apply program and project management skills to design a program in the context of emergencies.

Syllabus coming soon

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Fundamentals of Crisis Management (online, 3 graduate credits)
Program Planning and Management in the Context of Crisis (Jordan, 3 graduate credits)

Online Term Details

This online course can be taken during either the summer or fall semester. The course will meet virtually for six weeks. You will spend the remainder of the term on a group research project that focuses on a crisis of your choosing which will be due at the end of the course. The course will use SIT’s Moodle online platform and include a mix of synchronous class discussions, pre-recorded lectures and interviews with peace and conflict experts, discussion forums, and links to articles and documentaries. Topics explored in the class will include leadership decision-making in times of crisis; risk analysis; crisis mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and learning after crises.

In-Country Term Details

Based in Amman, Jordan, the in-country program will begin with an orientation, followed by classes in program and project management and planning to provide the background knowledge and hands-on training needed to design, implement, and manage a project. On excursions and site visits around the country, you will meet with international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), national nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs) to learn about the professional and ethical standards of implementing programs and to engage with the vulnerable and displaced communities they serve.

Program Components

  • 40 hours of online coursework
  • 3 weeks in the field (Jordan)

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Dr. Bruce W. Dayton, Chair and Associate Professor, MA in Peace and Justice Leadership

Dr. Bayan Abdulhaq, SIT Jordan Academic Director; Chair, SIT MA in Humanitarian Assistance & Crisis Management


Small hotels and bed and breakfasts.

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Possible Career Paths

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

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  • Emergency management
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Strategic forecasting
  • Risk analysis

See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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The total cost for this program is $5,260.

  • $2,160 – online tuition (a 40 percent discount off of normal tuition)
  • $2,190 – in-country tuition
  • $910 – room and board in country

Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.