GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership is designed for law enforcement, public safety, and emergency first responders, as well as military personnel potentially interested in civilian security careers. This certificate will expose students to the threats to the United States, ranging from terrorism and natural disasters to climate change. Classes are taught by recognized experts, with extensive practical experience in leadership positions at law enforcement and emergency management agencies.
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.
A Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership 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: Major Issues in National and Homeland Security
- PAD/CJ 5960: Introduction to Homeland Security and All Hazards
- PAD/CJ 5970: Intelligence and Security Policymaking
- PAD/CJ 5980: Security and Emergency Management Leadership
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.
Current MPA or MCJ students must submit a Certificate Declaration to email@example.com.
Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student, and submit official transcripts and a $50 application fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions.
*Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently. It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses, you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying. Upcoming course schedules are available here.
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The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership.