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Business Continuity Certificate

Natural disasters are on the rise, and the pandemic exposed vital weak points in disaster planning within nearly every industry. In such unprecedented times of uncertainty, businesses need to be prepared for disasters and disruptions more than ever. Adding the University of Central Missouri’s Business Continuity certificate to your undergraduate degree is a great way to make a positive impact on the world by joining an exciting and rapidly growing industry of experts.

UCM’s Business Continuity certificate is designed for those who want to help businesses prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from disasters. Over the course of the undergraduate certificate program, you’ll learn to identify the risks, security strategies and public relations needs associated with events that disrupt businesses such as severe weather, power and technology outages and more. 

A high-quality and accessible undergraduate certificate

Thanks to our 100% online courses, you can earn your Business Continuity certificate on your terms in just one year. Create the schedule and learning environment best suited for you and start helping others soon.

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Laurel Hogue, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Online and Learning Engagement
Humphreys 410
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4984

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies

Crisis and Disaster Management

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What you will study

We believe great learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. You’ll start the undergraduate certificate program exploring a range of topics, including crisis and disaster management, business continuity planning, critical infrastructure and crisis management. Then you’ll apply your knowledge to develop skills while working with existing organizations to identify risks and develop business continuity programs that prepare them for disasters. Gain real-world experience that will attract employers while building a lasting professional network. By the time you graduate, you’ll know how to:

  • Analyze the impact of disruptions and disaster scenarios on critical business functions and processes
  • Design, develop, implement and manage business continuity plans to ensure safety
  • Help countries protect their critical infrastructures


Excellence in Business Continuity

  • #1: Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Missouri (College Factual, 2021)
  • #1: Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #5: Best Emergency Management Degree - Best Certificate Program (Intelligent, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in business continuity

As you earn your Business Continuity certificate at the University of Central Missouri, experiential learning and extensive opportunities for professional development will help you build your career network and add experience and accomplishments to your resume.

  • Hands-on experience: Apply the theories and methods you learn to real-world examples. Our undergraduate courses are led by experts in their fields who appreciate the importance of practical experience for success in the job market and in your future career.
  • Professional networking: As you graduate and enter the job market, the network you’ve established will be invaluable. That’s why we host several summits and conferences to provide you with many opportunities to meet and learn from professionals. 
  • Assisting communities: The skills and knowledge you gain from UCM’s Business Continuity undergraduate certificate program will let you give back to the community in so many ways. For example, we collaborate with the Institute for Rural Emergency Management to provide you with ample opportunities for service projects and volunteer work. You will add experience to your resume while helping out your community.


What can you do with a certificate in Business Continuity from UCM?

Earning UCM’s undergraduate certificate in Business Continuity prepares you for a variety of careers in exciting and growing fields, such as:

  • Public safety: emergency management, fire, police, EMS and dispatchers
  • Institutional emergency planning: schools and hospitals
  • Community service: American Red Cross, relief organizations and disaster recovery
  • Business continuity planning: banking, corporations, insurance and manufacturing

Professionals with a business continuity certificate are in high demand

Completing the Business Continuity certificate program at the University of Central Missouri can help you qualify for careers in nearly every industry. Use the tool below to explore career paths, salary potential, employment trends and other career data for graduates with experience in business continuity.




Financial assistance options for your Business Continuity undergraduate certificate

Nothing should stand in the way of your goal to help others, especially not the cost of your education. That’s why the University of Central Missouri provides you with a variety of options to help finance your undergraduate education. In fact, UCM was recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranking university for low student debt.  

We also offer many scholarships exclusively for students in certain majors. Check out your major’s program page to learn about the scholarships available to students in your bachelor’s degree program. You can also learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to business continuity.

UCM offers other undergraduate certificates similar to Business Continuity to suit your interests:


Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and prioritize critical business functions and processes, their priorities, and interdependencies;
  2. Assess organizational risk including threat, vulnerabilities and consequences;
  3. Analyze impacts to critical business functions and processes resulting from disruptions and disaster scenarios and identify techniques that can be effectively deployed to quantify and qualify such impacts;
  4. Design, develop, implement and exercise business continuity plans;
  5. Identify the three phases of a crisis and describe strategies for reducing the impact;
  6. Gain a broad strategic perspective of the Critical Infrastructure Protection efforts of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security;
  7. Explore quantitative metrics derived from economic interchange and business relationships.


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