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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

Career Pathways - Emergency Management

What does a career in Emergency Management look like?  Check out these descriptions, minimum requirements, and necessary skills to see entry level, mid-career, and executive expectations.

 

Career Pathways - Emergency Services Management

What does a career in Emergency Services Management look like?  Check out these descriptions, minimum requirements, and necessary skills to see entry level, mid-career, and executive expectations.

Emergency Services Educator

Emergency Management Supervisor

Director-Emergency Management Agency

Career Pathways - Business Continuity

What does a career in Business Continuity look like?  Check out these descriptions, minimum requirements, and necessary skills to see entry level, mid-career, and executive expectations.

Intern

Business Continuity Planner

Director of Business Continuity Planning

Career Pathways - Environmental Hazards

What does a career in Environmental Hazards look like?  Check out these descriptions, minimum requirements, and necessary skills to see entry level, mid-career, and executive expectations.

Intern

Emergency Services Resource Coordinator

Work, Health, & Safety Specialist

Environmental & Health Coordinator

 


 

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                        kent@ucmo.edu                                    Last names A - G
Julie Carman                          jacarman@ucmo.edu                Last names H - O
Kerri Jensen kjensen@ucmo.edu                 Last names P - Z
Natalie Peirce npeirce@ucmo.edu                 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 (urban@ucmo.edu)

CDM Student Handbook

 

Course Rotations and Calendars 

  • Check the Calendar of Courses to see when all classes will be offered - core and certificate, both face to face and online.

 

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 (dgill@ucmo.edu 660-543-8432) for an application and more information.

 


Faculty

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:  https://warrensburg-mo.com/207/Fire-Department-Student-Resident-Program

What if I already have a degree?

You have proven your commitment to your education, now you are ready to take the next step.

The UCM undergraduate catalog contains several Transfer Guides that can help you map out your bachelor's degree plan.

The courses you must take at UCM will depend on the degree you have.  Typically, 100% of courses taken at any regionally accredited college or university will transfer and count towards your bachelor's degree.  Your Success Advisor can assess your transcripts and help you create a firm completion plan (see the table above to find your Advisor!)

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree typically fulfills all General Education requirements, so all you will need to take at UCM is your Crisis & Disaster Management core and focus area.

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree typically does not include enough courses to fulfill all General Education requirements, so you will need to consult with your Success Advisor about which classes you still need.

The CDM program requires CHEM 1103 or CHEM 1104 as part of the General Education curriculum.  If you have questions about this requirement or have taken a different general education science with or without a lab, contact the program coordinator.

Would a certificate in one of your four focus areas help me to advance at my current employer?

Each certificate will provide you with knowledge of specific roles and responsibilities and the processes and skills needed to apply the knowledge. This should enable you 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.

See the Crisis & Disaster Management Student Handbook above for more information.

I am transferring from another institution; how do I know if my credits will transfer?

Typically, 100% of courses taken at any regionally accredited college or university will transfer and count towards your bachelor's degree.  Your Success Advisor can assess your transcripts and help you create a firm completion plan (see the table above to find your Advisor!)

The UCM undergraduate catalog contains several Transfer Guides that can help you map out your bachelor's degree plan.

If you already have an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, this typically fulfills all General Education requirements, so all you will need to take at UCM is your Crisis & Disaster Management core and focus area.

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree typically does not include enough courses to fulfill all General Education requirements, so you will need to consult with your Success Advisor about which classes you still need.

The CDM program requires CHEM 1103 or CHEM 1104 as part of the General Education curriculum.  If you have questions about this requirement or have taken a different general education science with or without a lab, contact the program coordinator.

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

 

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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 urban@ucmo.edu or 660-543-4950.

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