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The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Political Science offers students the option of receiving a Certificate of Disaster Management. This 12-hour specialized course of study offers students focused instruction on dealing with emergency situations and disasters. 

The Certificate of Disaster Management program is designed to enhance analytic skills and emphasize the social, political and administrative aspects of disaster management. With human and economic asset exposures and vulnerabilities increasing, reducing the impact of emergencies and disasters is crucial to societal well-being and sustainability in the 21st century. Designed to complement the strengths of more discipline-based graduate degree programs, the certificate is a valuable addition to those programs but is also offered as a standalone certificate for non-degree students.

Coordinator: Alyssa Provencio, Ph.D.


Required Courses: 12 Hours

  • POL 5053, Public Administration Dynamics
  • POL 5193, Public Financing and Budgeting
  • POL 5383, Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • POL 5793, Managing Public Sector Crises


Admission Requirements (All Applicants)

  • Online application for admission
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree from an appropriately accredited institution, with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from appropriately accredited institutions.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if not a native speaker. See information on English Language Proficiency.

Other Requirements

  • Plan of Study. Each student must file a plan of study the Disaster Management Certificate program coordinator and the Jackson College of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester of graduate work. The plan must be signed and dated by the student and the Disaster Management Certificate program coordinator before it can be considered official.
  • Overall 3.00 GPA or higher.
  • 50% of course hours must be completed in residence.
  • No more than one “C” letter grade and no grade lower than a C.
  • Note: All graduate grades, whether repeated or not, will apply to the graduate GPA calculations. No grade of “D” or lower will apply to the degree requirements.