The Crisis and Disaster Management (CDM) program at the University of Central Missouri can be completed two ways:
- On campus through traditional delivery. The core courses and the Emergency Management area are offered on a two-year rotational schedule.
- 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.
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 courses offered in Crisis and Disaster Management are designed for:
- Public safety personnel (emergency management, fire, and police)
- 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)