Develop the skills to build stable, resilient communities in the University of Central Missouri’s Crisis and Disaster Management BS program. Unlike most emergency management programs that focus only on how to respond to and recover from disasters, UCM’s Crisis and Disaster Management degree program also teaches you how to build community preparedness through proactive planning. Our degree is one of the oldest of its kind in the country and was the first in the state of Missouri.
You’ll learn risk, crisis and disaster management skills from dedicated faculty members who have firsthand experience working in the field. In addition to teaching undergraduate program classes, Crisis and Disaster Management (CDM) program faculty members mentor you to help you develop professional skills, such as networking and career planning.
An accessible bachelor’s degree for working adults
The University of Central Missouri makes it easy for you to go to college to advance your career — or take it in a new direction. We offer Crisis and Disaster Management degree courses fully online. Allowing you the time, flexibility and support to achieve your educational and professional goals.
#1 best online program in the country
#11 in affordable emergency management
#1 in Missouri for returning adults
#5 in best value emergency management
One of the first CDM degrees in the U.S.
Earn FEMA Independent Study credentials
Prepare to help your community through times of difficulty by developing a deep knowledge of risk, crisis and disaster management. At the University of Central Missouri, you can select dynamic classes that cover the application of technology in the field, safety practices for emergency responders, catastrophic readiness and more. Choose from one of four areas to focus your studies in:
Courses focused on practical experience
As part of our Crisis and Disaster Management degree program curriculum, you’ll take three classes that focus on experiential learning opportunities: Technology Application Study, Field Exercise Project and Practicum in CDM. Through UCM’s available partnerships with local organizations, the real-world experience you’ll gain prepares you for professional success and gives you job experience to demonstrate on your résumé.
EMT Certification partnership
In partnership with the Johnson County Missouri Ambulance District, UCM offers opportunities for you to take undergraduate courses that double as requirements for the Emergency Medical Technician certification. This means you can earn your bachelor’s degree and your EMT certification at the same time.
Gain vital field experience and industry knowledge by getting involved outside the classroom at the University of Central Missouri.
Courses on risk, crisis and disaster management will provide you with the skills you need to enter the field or advance in your current organization. Specifically, the University of Central Missouri prepares you to succeed in roles that encompass:
To that end, graduates of UCM’s Crisis and Disaster Management degree program have excelled in these positions at a wide range of organizations, including financial institutions, state and national government agencies, local fire departments and EMS companies and corporations.
You can also choose to continue your education in graduate school to better position yourself for specialized leadership roles. Many CDM students enter master’s programs such as Sociology or Occupational Safety Management.
Careers with a Crisis and Disaster Management degree
Interact with the tool below to learn more about how risk, crisis and disaster management skills can help strengthen your career path. Explore job opportunities, salary expectations, the field’s growth potential and more.
The University of Central Missouri works with you to make sure cost isn’t a barrier to earning your bachelor’s degree. Our affordable tuition puts college within reach, and our wide range of options to finance your undergraduate education ensures you don’t graduate with a large financial burden.
In fact, LendEDU recognized UCM as a top-ranked university for low student debt. We offer a wide variety of financial aid options, including:
You can learn about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Our Crisis and Disaster Management degree program, in particular, has been recognized by college ranking websites for its value. It often ranks highly for being one of the most affordable programs for risk, crisis and disaster management in the state and country.
Take your degree further.
Continue your education at UCM to specialize in an area related to crisis and disaster management or better prepare yourself to take on a leadership role in your career.
Make yourself more marketable.
Earn a related minor or undergraduate certificate to supplement the risk, crisis and disaster management skills learned in UCM’s Crisis and Disaster Management major.
Explore programs related to crisis and disaster management.
If you’re interested in the risk, crisis and disaster management topics covered in this bachelor’s degree program, you may also be interested in one of these undergraduate majors at UCM.
Through a partnership with Gallaudet University (GU), the University of Central Missouri is creating a diverse and ethical future for the crisis and disaster management profession.
As a UCM student, you may get to work alongside GU representatives to provide them with rural and Midwestern perspectives on risk, crisis and disaster management. At the same time, you’ll learn from Gallaudet students about the barriers to emergency responses for special populations, such as those who are deaf or who have difficulties with mobility.
Together, you’ll work to plan emergency response strategies that take everyone’s safety needs into account.