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UCM Crisis and Disaster Management Degree voted #9 of the Top 10 Best Online Emergency Management Degree Programs!
In what format is the Crisis & Disaster Management Degree offered?
1) On campus through traditional delivery. The core courses and the Emergency Management area are offered on a two-year rotational schedule.
2) Entirely online. The degree program is available to students in a wide variety of locations and work schedules. All the courses in the major and the four areas are offered online, at least one time a year.
I already work in the Emergency Management field, why would I need a degree?
The students enrolled in CDM are diverse and are attracted to this program of study because they have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Some have experience in public safety, fire, or emergency medical services. Others have experience in business, service or hospitality. Many have connections to volunteer organizations and public service organizations.
Students choose this program because they want to build their knowledge base, develop skills, and practice what they are learning through community service learning opportunities. To be successful in this program and successful after graduation it is critical that students develop outstanding interpersonal skills and a broad knowledge base in the social sciences in addition to technical knowledge and skills that have been tested through years of public service.
The field of emergency management has advanced in recent decades, resulting in an increase in demand for qualified professionals. Citizens benefit from degreed crisis managers in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Homeland Security agencies are seeking qualified professionals with experience and education.
The University of Central Missouri is preparing graduates for this growing field through its Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management degree. Students who participate in this program may concentrate in the areas of:
The BS in Crisis and Disaster Management facilitates individual professional development in a student centered learning environment. Its multidisciplinary curriculum focuses on the principles of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery in an integrated program of study. Students who seek this degree are required to complete a practicum which provides them with valuable experience in the field to complement their educational accomplishments.
What if I already have a degree?
You do not have to complete any additional general education courses. You only need to complete the 36 hours in the major courses.
What if I decide a degree will take too long?
Each of the emphasis areas are now available as 12 hour online certificates.
Would a certificate in one of your four disciplines help me to advance at my current employer?
Each certificate will provide the student with knowledge of specific roles and responsibilities and the processes and skills needed to apply the knowledge. This should enable the student to assume new responsibilities and help to achieve organizational goals.
How much time on average does a student need to devote to an online class?
A 3 hour course typically meets 3 hours a week, so online classes have assigned readings and participation that require that much time to meet the minimal requirements. An additional 3-6 hours a week is expected to pursue additional reading and research to complete major assignments.
Will there be any classes I would have to take on campus?
All CDM courses are offered online, so you do not have to come to campus.
What if I am lacking some of the required general classes, are they offered online as well?
Not all general education courses are offered online. It is best to complete and Associate of Arts degree from a community college.
I am transferring from another institution; how do I know if my credits will transfer?
It is highly advisable for new transfer students to contact the Transfer & Transition Office at 660-543-4721. Students may have a consultation appointment before applying to UCM.
Is it possible to get college credit for military training, professional training, or licenses?
Yes, military transcripts should be submitted for evaluation and credit will be posted. Professional training and licenses are reviewed by the academic
Are there specific FEMA classes I should take to further my education? Do any of the CDM classes require specific FEMA classes?
There are some IS courses that are completed as assignments in CDM courses and students are encouraged to complete other for extra credit.
How much does it cost to complete the degree? How much to complete the certificate program?
For one 3 hour credit class online, see Cost Worksheet below:
For a semester when a student takes 4 classes for 12 hours of credit, see Cost Worksheet below:
Are there scholarships available specifically for CDM majors? Do any Emergency Management Agencies or organizations offer scholarships?
The International Association of Emergency Managers offers a scholarship each year.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
The University of Central Missouri Office of Student Financial Services is very pleased to assist graduating high school seniors (as well as other new and continuing undergraduate students) who wish to apply for financial assistance to help them pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Click on the following links for information and instructions about how to apply for financial aid.
2015/2016 School Year New Students:
Apply and be fully accepted for admission to a degree program offered by the University of Central Missouri. Contact the UCM Office of Admissions if you need assistance or more information about applying for admission. You're welcome to apply for federal financial aid for 2015/2016 while waiting to be fully admitted to UCM. However, please be aware that individuals classified as 'visiting' or 'non-degree' high school students during the 2015/2016 school year, in accordance with federal regulations, may not receive federal aid.
What types of careers could I have if I obtained a BS in CDM?
Does UCM offer a Master’s in CDM? Where could I obtain a Master’s in CDM?
Not at this time, but we are working on it. Graduate programs are explored as part of the professional development planning that will take place during the senior year.
Does UCM offer assistance with job placement after I complete the CDM program?
The Career Development center helps with resume writing, interviewing, and placement. There are two career fairs each year when more than a hundred employers come to campus
What is the employment rate for CDM major graduates?
This is a hard question to answer since many CDM students are already working in the field before graduation.
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