Not open to students who select this as a concentration in the MA - National Security Studies.

The graduate certificate in Homeland Security provides you with a broad understanding of national security and defense, policies, planning, and programs, as well as the ability to expertly evaluate and improve current defense tactics. The curriculum is designed to improve your understanding of national security threats, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, intelligence, consequence management, and interagency government-related issues. This graduate program helps you to prepare for career advancement and leadership roles within the military services or homeland security field. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Predict the need to conduct and/or contract for research related to high probability chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or energetic (CBRNE) events and their consequences in any community of interest.
  • Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of public, private and military efforts to reduce patterned and non-patterned "warfare" by overt and covert means of both nation states and transnational terrorist groups.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

HLSS500Research Methods in Homeland Security3
HLSS502Homeland Security and Defense3
HLSS522Weapons of Mass Destruction and the New Terrorism3
HLSS523Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups3
INTL613Intelligence and Homeland Security3
LSTD516Homeland Security and the Law3
Total Semester Hours18