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Institute for Rural Emergency Management

Humphreys Building 201D
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4971


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Frequently Asked Questions

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In what format is the Crisis & Disaster Management Degree offered?

1) On campus through traditional delivery. The core courses and the Emergency Management area are offered on a two-year rotational schedule.

2) Entirely online. The degree program is available to students in a wide variety of locations and work schedules. All the courses in the major and the four areas are offered online, at least one time a year.

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

The students enrolled in CDM are diverse and are attracted to this program of study because they have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Some have experience in public safety, fire, or emergency medical services. 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 successful after graduation it is critical that students 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 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.

The University of Central Missouri is preparing graduates for this growing field through its Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management degree. Students who participate in this program may concentrate in the areas of:

  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Management,
  • Emergency Services Management
  • Environmental Hazards

The BS in Crisis and Disaster Management facilitates individual professional development in a student centered learning environment. Its multidisciplinary curriculum focuses on the principles of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery in an integrated program of study. Students who seek this degree are required to complete a practicum which provides them with valuable experience in the field to complement their educational accomplishments.

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.

What if I decide a degree will take too long?

Each of the emphasis areas are now available as 12 hour online certificates.

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.

How much time on average does a student need to devote to an online class?

A 3 hour course typically meets 3 hours a week, so online classes have assigned readings and participation that require that much time to meet the minimal requirements. An additional 3-6 hours a week is expected to pursue additional reading and research to complete major assignments.

Will there be any classes I would have to take on campus?

All CDM courses are offered online, so you do not have to come to campus.

What if I am lacking some of the required general classes, are they offered online as well?

Not all general education courses are offered online. It is best to complete and Associate of Arts degree from a community college.

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.

Is it possible to get college credit for military training, professional training, or licenses?

Yes, military transcripts should be submitted for evaluation and credit will be posted. Professional training and licenses are reviewed by the academic

Are there specific FEMA classes I should take to further my education?  Do any of the CDM classes require specific FEMA classes?

There are some IS courses that are completed as assignments in CDM courses and students are encouraged to complete other for extra credit.

How much does it cost to complete the degree? How much to complete the certificate program?

For one 3 hour credit class online, see Cost Worksheet below:


Semester Costs

Instructional Fees


General Fees




This is the cost for Spring 2015

For a semester when a student takes 4 classes for 12 hours of credit, see Cost Worksheet below:


Semester Costs

Instructional Fees


General Fees




This is the cost for Spring 2015

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.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

The University of Central Missouri Office of Student Financial Services is very pleased to assist graduating high school seniors (as well as other new and continuing undergraduate students) who wish to apply for financial assistance to help them pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Click on the following links for information and instructions about how to apply for financial aid.

2015/2016 School Year New Students:

Apply and be fully accepted for admission to a degree program offered by the University of Central Missouri. Contact the UCM Office of Admissions if you need assistance or more information about applying for admission. You're welcome to apply for federal financial aid for 2015/2016 while waiting to be fully admitted to UCM. However, please be aware that individuals classified as 'visiting' or 'non-degree' high school students during the 2015/2016 school year, in accordance with federal regulations, may not receive federal aid.

All students:

  • Complete and submit a 2015/2016 FAFSA. Your FAFSA should be submitted prior to April 1, 2015 for you to be classified a 'priority' applicant. The 2015/2016 FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid for the 2015 fall and 2016 spring semesters, and is also needed for you to be considered for 2016 Summer Session assistance. When filing your 2015/2016 FAFSA, you're strongly encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process, information about which is available at
  • A portion of all FAFSA applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education each year to have their 2015/2016 FAFSA data verified. If chosen (UCM will notify you), be sure to promptly submit to the Office of Student Financial Services all document(s) and clarification that may be requested.
  • Be aware that full-time enrollment (12 or more undergraduate credit hours per semester) is normally required for a student to be disbursed SEOG grant, Perkins Loan, Access Missouri Grant and most scholarship aid. On the other hand, half-time enrollment (6 or more undergraduate hours per semester) is required to be disbursed Stafford (student) Loan and PLUS (parent) Loan funds.
  • Please remember that a 2015/2016 FAFSA cannot be accepted by the national FAFSA processing agency after June 30, 2016.


What types of careers could I have if I obtained a BS in CDM?

Administrative Aide

Hurricane Planner

Administrative Specialist

Insurance Claims Adjuster

Administrative Support

Intelligence Operations Specialist

All Hazards Planner


Anti-Terrorism Coordinator

Management & Program Analyst

Anti-Terrorism Program Analyst

Management Programs Specialist

Anti-Terrorism Program Manager

Mitigation Planner

Asst. Director for Plans

Network Manager

Business Continuity Planner

Operations Manager

Data Services Coordinator

Operations Officer

Deputy Director

Operations Planner

Disaster Services




Emergency Management Director

Public Information Officer

EMAC Planner

Public Safety Officer

Emergency Medical Technician

Radio Technician

Environmental Planner

Risk Manager

Environmental, Health and Safety Manager

Hazard Mitigation Officer

Exercise Officer

Training Officer


Systems Analyst

Fire Chief

Technical Hazards Specialist

Fire Prevention Officer

Training Coordinator

Hazardous Materials Manager

Transportation Security Screener

Does UCM offer a Master’s in CDM? Where could I obtain a Master’s in CDM?

Not at this time, but we are working on it. Graduate programs are explored as part of the professional development planning that will take place during the senior year.

Does UCM offer assistance with job placement after I complete the CDM program?

The Career Development center helps with resume writing, interviewing, and placement. There are two career fairs each year when more than a hundred employers come to campus

What is the employment rate for CDM major graduates?  

This is a hard question to answer since many CDM students are already working in the field before graduation.

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