Diploma Requirements


UWDMC is no longer accepting new candidates in the Diploma program.  Those already registered and active will be able to complete their studies.

For successful completion of the Disaster Management Diploma Program, you must earn 60 Continuing Education Units (CEU)–equivalent to 600 study hours– within a five-year timeframe. There are no residency requirements. You may study anywhere in the world.

There are three basic educational components required by the diploma: Core Courses, Professional Electives, and the Professional Study Project. The CEU requirements for each component of the curriculum are listed below. All requirements are subject to modification.

1. Core Courses (25 CEU)

Complete this requirement using self-study courses offered through the UWDMC. Only the Aim and Scope of Disaster Management (AA02) and the Principles of Management (AA04) courses are required. Choose from more than 20 courses on a variety of topics to complete the core course requirement.

2. Professional Electives (25 CEU)

CEU for professional electives may be earned from workshops seminars and courses conducted by other institutions, colleges, government agencies, UN agencies, and other non-profit organizations. Any course taken no more than five years before your registration as a Diploma Candidate can be proposed as an elective.  University courses are allowed if not already part of a completed degree program.

After completing the core courses, you submit an elective form with courses you propose to meet the elective requirement. Along with the form you provide proof of completion and an official course description. UWDMC will review all of this information and award an appropriate number of CEU.

Electives are in two categories:

Disaster Management Electives (15 CEU required)

Gain credit for training and coursework from other disaster management organizations on specific disaster management topics. It is also possible to enroll in additional UWDMC courses to fulfill this requirement.

General Electives (10 CEU required)

Language training, communication courses, leadership workshops, and more may apply toward completing this requirement. UWDMC will review courses that you submit for this category and award the appropriate number of CEU.

Both evaluated and non-evaluated courses may apply toward the UWDMC Disaster Management Diploma. An evaluated course includes a written or oral examination, report, project, graded lessons, or other personal evaluation. A non-evaluated course could be a continuing education seminar, workshop or short course.

3. Professional Study Project (10 CEU)

The Professional Study Project (PSP) is meant to be a practical paper rather than an academic thesis. The goal of the PSP is to combine what you learn from core courses and professional electives into a practical, field-oriented document that may even be part of your actual work activities.

The PSP involves 100 hours of research and writing and can be on whatever subject you choose as the culmination of your individualized study program.  Some candidates have prepared a detailed case study based on a particular disaster or emergency experience. UWDMC will provide guidance for the PSP after all your coursework is completed.