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Crisis and Disaster Management

Bachelor of Science Degree

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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 emergency management, hazardous materials or business continuity.

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 compliment their educational accomplishments.

Career Opportunities

The Crisis and Disaster Management degree program addresses the need within the state of Missouri and across the United States for technically educated emergency management professionals. Courses offered in the program are designed for individuals who are interested in the following careers:

  • Public safety personnel (emergency management, fire, and homeland security)
  • Industrial emergency responders (fire, rescue, and hazardous materials)
  • Institutional emergency planners (schools, hospitals and prisons)
  • Business continuity planners (banking, corporations, insurance, and manufacturing)

About the Faculty

UCM's 17-1 student-faculty ratio allows for personalized attention and mentoring. In addition to diverse backgrounds and experience in their fields of expertise, several faculty members hold professional certification. They are also active participants in research, writing and presentations at state, national and international professional conferences.

Other sources of departmental strength include working relationships between program faculty, the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the corresponding state level agencies.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to participate in professional organizations.

The Institute for Rural Emergency Management, a division of the Missouri Safety Center, at UCM offers an opportunity for service learning to students by assisting rural communities and high-risk organizations to prepare for the inevitable emergency and potential disaster. These real-world experiences are vital to prepare students for the challenging careers that await them.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at

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