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Crisis and Disaster Management

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Bachelor of Science Degree

This degree program facilitates individual professional development in a student-centered learning environment. Its multidisciplinary curriculum focuses on the principles of emergency or disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery in an integrated program of study.

Why choose Crisis and Disaster Management at UCM?

  • All CDM program requirements are available online or on campus in a face-to-face format.
  • Students in the CDM program may participate in one or more concentration areas; 1) emergency management, 2) emergency services management, 3)environmental hazards or 4) business continuity.
  • The field of emergency management has advanced in recent decades resulting in an increased demand for qualified CDM professionals.

What will I study?
Natural, technological, and man-caused crises and disasters. All-hazards mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery systems. Roles and responsibilities of government, non-governmental organizations, business, and industry.
Courses include:

  • CDM Core Requirements--24 credit hours
  • One of Four Areas of Concentration--12 credit hours
  • CHEM 1103 or CHEM 1104--3-4 credit hours
  • General Education requirements-42 credit hours
  • Free Electives--42 credit hours

Areas of concentration:

  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Services Management
  • Environmental Hazardous

What can I do with a degree in Crisis and Disaster Management?

  • Students graduating from the CDM program are able to meet the critical safety needs of a rapidly changing world, one in which emergency preparedness is an ever-growing requirement for organizations and businesses; regionally, nationally and globally in both the public and private sectors.
  • This degree prepares students as professionals in the field of emergency and disaster management for both government and private sector employment in areas such as public safety, emergency planners, community development and planning, public and private emergency responders, business continuity planners or hazardous materials managers.

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects. The International Emergency Management Student Association (IEMSA) is a student organization chartered in 1999, which helps promote academic excellence within the field of emergency management. Through effective and efficient communication, teamwork, and networking students can foster opportunities of employment and professional development, advocate the issues most important to the members, and expand personal growth and diversity.

In addition, students who seek this degree are required to complete a practicum which provides them with a structured field experience to complement their educational accomplishments, typically completed in or arount their local community.

About our Faculty:
The CDM courses are taught by two full-time faculty and several part-time (Adjunct) faculty. The full-time faculty are the Program's anchor; maintaining the University support services including recruitment, advisement, mentoring and collaboration with other UCM departments.

The part-time (Adjunct) faculty are immersed in real world issues facing emergency management progessionals and represent a wide range of academic disciplines and professinoal affiliations. These dedicated professionals share their knowledge and exerpience with students, providing a real-time depth of content no textbook can match.

Learn more about Crisis and Disaster Management at UCM
Department of Crisis and Disaster Management
660-543-4971

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