Information for Students

Thank you for your interest in taking courses with the Center for Homeland Security at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The following is some general information about admission, registration and course access.

Your instructor is the best source of information for course content to include the syllabus, textbooks and expectations; however, the CHS website contains valuable information about classes, seminars, and continuing education opportunities.

Courses and Certificates

Courses are accredited through individual colleges across the CU-system and credit may be applied to several Bachelor's and Master's degree programs including public administration, criminal justice, and engineering to name a few.

You may earn an undergraduate or graduate certificate in the following areas:

Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security

Undergraduate Certificate in Disaster Public Health

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense

Graduate Certificate in Security Intelligence

Graduate Certificate in Disaster Public Health

Admission and Registration

Please visit the admission or registration page for details.
For student's pursuing a Graduate Certificate, an OFFICIAL college transcript showing a conferred degree (minimum of a Bachelor's degree) must be sent to:

Center for Homeland Security
Attn: Transcript Processing
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

E-Mail and Communications

The UCCS email address you receive upon admission is automatically set as default and any email correspondence from CHS or UCCS will be sent to that address. UCCS requires that students use this account for all university business.

Online Courses

CHS courses are offered both online and in-residence. Courses may be cancelled for reasons such as low enrollment, instructor unavailability, etc. If a course is cancelled, you may be asked if you wish to transfer your enrollment to another class (Ex: You are registered In-residence and it is cancelled, thus you may be asked to transfer to the online version.)

Online courses are conducted through the UCCS Blackboard support system. Blackboard may also be used to support an in-residence course by providing the instructor with a convenient method of sharing extra reading materials and submitting assignments.

For more information regarding Blackboard, please go to our Blackboard Resources page.

Instructor Contact

You should receive an email from your instructor at least one week prior to class start. This is to confirm enrollment in his/her class and to provide details regarding the course syllabus and reading material, if applicable. If you do not receive an email one week prior to the start of your class, please visit the CHS Faculty page to send your instructor an email.

Course Completion and Awarding of Certificate

Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of the program series, but the Graduate Certificates will only be noted on the student's official transcript once the CHS office has received an official transcript from a college or university that shows a conferred Bachelor's or Master’s Degree.

Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate requires receipt of a B- or better in each course.
Successful completion of an Undergraduate Certificate requires receipt of a C or better in each course.

Because certificates are mailed to the primary address listed in the Student Information System within 30 days, it is important that you ensure that your address is current. Go to the Student Portal to update your address if necessary.

Payment for Courses

There are a variety of payment options to take courses at UCCS. For more information, please visit our Paying for Courses webpage.