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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

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

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.

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

Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must also:
• submit a brief application and a $25 processing fee to the UCCS admissions office to be admitted as a nondegree student
• submit official transcripts to the School of Public Affairs

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. Click the links below to view occupational profiles.

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.