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Crisis and Disaster Management BS

About the Program

The diverse students enrolled in CDM have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Some have experience in public safety, fire, or emergency medical services, while 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 after graduation it is critical that you 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 courses offered in Crisis and Disaster Management are designed for:

  • Public safety personnel (emergency management, fire, police, EMS, and dispatchers)
  • Institutional emergency planners (schools, hospitals, and facilities)
  • Community service providers (Red Cross, relief organizations, and disaster recovery)
  • Industrial emergency responders (fire, rescue, and hazardous materials)
  • Business continuity planners (banking, corporations, insurance, and manufacuring)

Click here for a PDF flyer of the CDM Bachelor of Science degree program overview.

For more information about the CDM degree program contact the Institute for Rural Emergency Management at or 660-543- 4971.



CDM Advisory Board

The CDM program benefits from the involvement of an outstanding group of professionals from a broad base of public and private sector organizations that possess diverse academic backgrounds and experience. This board provides review, support, and advice to develop and maintain the CDM program at UCM as a high quality academic preparation for professionals with emergency management responsibilities. Members of the Advisory Board were nominated by faculty, alumni, and emergency management professionals. The board developed and approved by-laws that guide their operations, and meets two times a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

I already work in the Emergency Management field, why would I need a degree?
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.

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.

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.

Is it possible to get college credit for military training, professional training, or licenses?
Yes, military transcripts, professional training and licenses should be submitted for evaluation and credit will be applied.

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.

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.

Have more questions? Great! We’d love to help you. Please contact Dr. Dianna Bryant, Associate Professor at or call 660-543- 4971.


Faculty and Administration

The Crisis and Disaster Management courses are taught by 16 part-time and two full-time faculty members. The full-time faculty maintains the university support services, including recruitment, academic advisement, and collaboration with other departments on campus. The part-time faculty, often referred to as adjunct faculty, are immersed in the real world issues facing emergency management professionals and represent a wide range of academic disciplines and professional affiliations.


Dr. Dianna Bryant, CIH, CSP

Associate Professor
Humphreys Suite 200
660-543- 4971


Jeffery A. Hartle, CFPS, MIFireE, CBCP

Assistant Professor
Humphreys Suite 200
660-543- 4544

Awards & Recognitions

15 Best Online Emergency Management Programs

CDM Program Online Ranked #2!

The Crisis & Disaster Management Degree Program at UCM has been identified as one of the top colleges (ranked #2) for online emergency management bachelors degrees by

The article can be found here: The 15 Best Online Emergency Management Programs 2017

Online Emergency Management Programs 2017

CDM Program Online Ranked #4!

The Crisis & Disaster Management Degree Program at UCM has been identified as one of the top colleges (ranked #4) for online emergency management bachelors degrees by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide

The article can be found here: TOP 10 Emergency Management Bachelors Degrees Online 2016-2017

Top 50 Best Value Logo 2017

CDM Program Online Ranked #5!

The Crisis & Disaster Management Degree Program at UCM has been identified as one of the top colleges (ranked #5) for online emergency management bachelors degrees by

The article can be found here: Top 50 Best Value Online Bachelors of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for 2017



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