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Crisis and Disaster Management BS

About the Program

Earn your Bachelor of Science Degree or a stand alone certificate


This program will give you the tools you need to succeed.  The emergency management and business continuity fields require practical knowledge and experience with planning, incident command, and response strategies.  Whether you are an incoming freshman or a professional already working in the field, you will learn the industry standards, earn training certificates, and have the opportunity to put that knowledge and training into action.

The core courses for the bachelor’s degree introduce students to the four phases of emergency management, technologies that are used in the field, and the complexities of organizations then move on to ensure students can demonstrate and apply these concepts.  

Courses offered within the Crisis and Disaster Management B.S. program 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 manufacturing


Choose a focus area:

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Crisis & Disaster Management offers four Certificates that can be earned independently or as part of the Bachelor of Science degree:

Be sure to declare your certificate so it appears on your transcript and diploma! (ask your Success Advisor for assistance)


Get Started Today!

  • Your Success Advisor is your best resource for planning your academic future.  All Advisors can be reached at 660-543-4721. 
Alex Kent                                                  Last names A - G
Julie Carman                                Last names H - O
Kerri Jensen                 Last names P - Z
Natalie Peirce                 Senior/Lead Advisor
  • Look over the Crisis & Disaster Management 2019 Student Handbook for more information.  If you need a copy of the handbook, contact your Success Advisor or Lynn Urban (

CDM Student Handbook


Course Rotations and Calendars 


Information on Completing the Practicum:

  • 150 hours of service learning (not necessarily an internship)
  • Required
  • Contact the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies Internship Coordinator, Derrick Gill ( 660-543-8432) for an application and more information.



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. 

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 is the Warrensburg Fire Department Student Resident Program?

UCM has partnered with the Warrensburg Fire Department to provide an opportunity for college students to gain work experience while going to school.  Perks of the program include:  dorm style room (rent free), access to kitchen, laundry, computer, and fully equipped fitness room.

Students will complete 48 hours of ride time per month under the direction of the Captain and be included in all the activities of the crew they are assisting.  Compensation is possible for certain calls depending upon student qualifications and needs at the scene.

Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and maintain a 2.0 GPA.  

For more information see the Warrensburg Fire Department website:

What if I already have a degree?

You will not need 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.


Awards & Recognitions

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Ranked #4 by The Best Schools 2019


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Ranked #32 online program for 2019


Top 50 Best Value Logo 2017

Ranked #5 by ValueColleges 2017



CDM Advisory Board

Professionals Supporting Our Program

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. 

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Still have more questions?

Great! We’d love to help you. Please contact Dr. Lynn Urban at or 660-543-4950.


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