Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction Certificate

  • Programs Offered

    • Certificate
  • Delivery Options

    • Online

    • On-Campus
    • Accelerated
  • Credits

    • 9 credits
  • Timeline

    • One–three semesters

Reduce the Negative Impacts of Natural Disasters

Unlike most other programs that focus on management of natural disasters, Michigan Tech's on-campus and online Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction certificate emphasizes the physical and social aspects of natural disasters. About 60,000 people die annually from natural disasters, and many casualties occur among the socioeconomically vulnerable. Holistic approaches to natural disasters, including serious consideration of social factors, are built into the program.

Develop skills and competencies in hazard analysis and effective communication to lessen the impact of hazard events on communities. Examine a wide range of natural hazards including floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes with reference to past and present real-world examples.

Who is This Certificate For?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path.

What You Need to Know

The graduate certificate in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction program allows students to gain interdisciplinary insights into the complex interplay between human activities and hazards from geophysical and meteorological events. Acquire skills in communication, hazard analysis and vulnerability assessment; and analyze the complex factors that contribute to the occurrence of events, their impact on society, and the strategies to minimize losses.


To enroll in this certificate program, students must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline. See complete admissions requirements.

Accelerated Option

Michigan Tech Bachelor's + 1 Semester = Accelerated Graduate Certificate

Current Michigan Tech undergraduates or recent alumni, get started right away. Our accelerated graduate certificates are a fast, affordable way to add graduate credentials to your bachelor's degree in as little as one semester. Be more marketable in your industry or prepare for your master's degree. Explore accelerated certificate options.

Online Option

Accredited Courses, Convenience

Online learning at Michigan Tech provides greater flexibility and can fit around your busy schedule wherever you are. Upgrade or change your career path.

Prospective students can earn graduate certificate in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction fully online.


This graduate certificate requires a minimum of 9 total credits. Students may apply the credits earned for this certificate toward a graduate degree at Michigan Tech.


Graduate Director

Luke Bowman

Graduate Assistant

Brittany Buschell

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.