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Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense

The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense is for students who have an interest in and a desire to prepare for jobs related to homeland security and homeland defense. As employment opportunities expand in the private sector and at all levels of the public sector, alumni of this program will be well-positioned to serve as administrators, executives, analysts, and consultants in the growing homeland security/homeland defense field. The homeland defense courses have been offered to military, DOD employees, and defense contractors since August 2003. Beginning in the fall of 2004, the program became available to interested community members.

Entrance into this program requires a Bachelor's degree, and all courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in order to earn the certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense Brochure

A Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense consists of four required classes. These courses are designed to be taken in the order in which they appear below. For descriptions of courses see UCCS Academic Catalog.

Required courses include:

  • PAD/CJ 5950: Introduction to Homeland Defense
  • PAD/CJ 5951: Interagency Relationships in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
  • PAD/CJ 5952: Protection of Critical Infrastructure
  • PAD/CJ 5957: Understanding the Threat

Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of B- or better in each course counted toward a certificate.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) students may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the certificate only may apply these courses to the MPA or MCJ degree if admitted. However, only courses taken within six years prior to the semester of graduation may be applied to the degree.

These courses also may be used as electives toward the Master of Public Administration degree or Master of Criminal Justice degree at UCCS School of Public Affairs.

This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

To enroll in the certificate program, all students must:
• submit a one-page School of Public Affairs certificate application and official transcripts to the UCCS Office of Admissions

Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must also:
• submit a brief UCCS application and a $50 processing fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions to be admitted as a non-degree student
• submit official transcripts to the UCCS Office of Admissions

Gainful Employment Disclosures:

The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide the following information about each of our certificates.

Program Costs:
Program costs vary depending on each student's particular situation. For the 2014-2015 year, Colorado residents who complete all coursework on campus pay around $7,000 for their certificate, while on-campus nonresident students pay around $11,000. Distance and/or local students who complete all degree requirements online will pay around $7,665.
Students can estimate specific tuition costs by using the tuition calculator on the Student Financial Services website.

Related Occupations:
Related occupations for each certificate are listed below.

Emergency Management Directors

On-Time Completion & Median Loan Debt:
As this is a newly-approved program, the on-time completion rates and median student loan debt of program graduates are not yet available.