In the graduate certificate program in homeland security management at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll gain practical experience in performing security risk assessments, planning for and managing operational recovery, and developing strategies to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.

Your coursework covers issues in emergency management, cybersecurity, bioterrorism, and energy security, as well as business management. You'll use real data from real crises in assignments and projects and practice making executive-level decisions.

About the Homeland Security Management Graduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tackle the five mission areas in homeland security as defined by the Department of Homeland Security
  • Perform risk assessments
  • Conduct resilience planning and preparedness for disaster response and recovery
  • Apply risk methodologies to the energy industry
  • Make decisions using statistics and financial information
  • Use organizational theory, effectiveness measurement, and systems thinking
  • Manage intercultural environments

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use one of the Department of Homeland Security's daily summaries of current critical infrastructure issues to write hypothetical article
  • Write a job description for a chief risk officer, including the resilience, response, and recovery skills required for the job
  • Analyze one of the critical infrastructures designated by DHS and make recommendations on ways to protect and assure continued availability of services from this infrastructure, providing your judgments together with experts' opinions

Homeland Security Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • UCSP 615
  • HSMN 610
    (must be taken as one of the first two credit-bearing courses in the program)
  • HSMN 625
  • HSMN 630
  • INFA 660
  • EMAN 620

Overall Certificate Requirements

Initial Requirements

  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Overall Graduate Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You may pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate.
  • No more than 6 credits may be earned through transfer from other schools.
  • You must satisfy all required prerequisites for certificate courses. You may need to fulfill some prerequisites before beginning certificate coursework.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all courses.
  • Certificate courses may not be taken pass/fail.
  • Graduate students may only complete certificates at the graduate level.

Time Limits for Graduate Certificates

You must complete the requirements for a graduate certificate within five consecutive years. The time limit is calculated from the term in which you successfully complete the first credit course that applies to the program.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management work in security risk assessments, operational recovery management, and strategy development to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is designed for midcareer professionals or those new to the field. We recommend you have strong writing and analytical skills. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

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