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The graduate certificate program in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is designed to prepare students with undergraduate degrees or previously completed master's degrees that did not train them directly or extensively for service in the fields of emergency preparedness, homeland security, and cybersecurity to be more competitive when seeking jobs in government, non-profits, and for-profit organizations. The curriculum was designed by University faculty in consultation with law enforcement, intelligence, emergency services, and public management experts to provide graduates with the foundation to become more effective homeland security and cybersecurity professionals and managers.

Program of Study

The Certificate consists of five graduate-level courses (minimum 16 credits).  Students may concentrate in one of three tracks: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security or Cybersecurity.

The following course is required of all students in the EHS certificate program, regardless of track:

  • PAD 557 (EHC 557) - Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security (4)

Emergency Preparedness Track

The following course is required of all students concentrating in the Emergency Preparedness track:

  • PAD 555 (POS 555/EHC 555) - Disaster, Crisis, and Emergency Management and Policy (4)

Students may then select three additional courses from the following list with the consent of their advisor:

  • PAD 504 - Data Models, and Decisions I (4)
  • PAD 505 (POS 505) - Data, Models, and Decisions II (4)
  • PAD 517 (POS 517) - Empirical Data Analysis (4)
  • PAD 518 (POS 518) - Regression Analysis (4)
  • PAD 545 (EHC 545) - Principles and Practices of Cyber Security (4)
  • PAD 546 (EHC 546) - Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management (4)
  • PAD 550 - Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management (4)
  • PAD 551 (CRJ 648) - Terrorism, Public Security and Law Enforcement (3)
  • PAD 553 (EHC 553) – Topics in Homeland Security and Terrorism (4)
  • PAD 554 (EHC 554, POS 554, INT 543) - Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism (4)
  • PAD 556 (EHC 556) - Homeland Security Intelligence (4)
  • PAD 559 (EHC 559) – Homeland Security: Building Preparedness Capabilities (4)
  • PAD 571 (EHC 571) - Military Forces in Support of Civil Authorities (4)
  • PAD 572 (EHC 572) - Disaster and Crisis Management in the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors (4)
  • PAD 585 (POS 585, INF 585) – Information Technology and Homeland Security (4)
  • PAD 610 – Organizational Theory and Behavior (4)
  • PAD 624 – Simulating Dynamic Systems (3-4)
  • PAD 636 – Cultural Analysis of Organizations (4)
  • PAD 637 – Social and Organizational Networks in Public Policy, Management, and Service Delivery: Theory, Methods and Analysis (4)
  • PAD 705 – Research Methods II (4)
  • POS 582 – Global Security (4)
  • CRJ 504 – Applied Statistics I (3)
  • IST 532 – Terrorism, Public Security and Information Analysis (3)

Homeland Security Track

The following course is required of all students concentrating in the Homeland Security track:

  • PAD 554 (POS 554/EHC 554/INT 543) – Political Violence, Insurgency, and Terrorism (4)

Students may then select three additional courses from the following list with the consent of their advisor:

  • PAD 504 – Data Models, and Decisions I (4)
  • PAD 505 (POS 505) – Data, Models, and Decisions II (4)
  • PAD 517 (POS 517) – Empirical Data Analysis (4)
  • PAD 518 (POS 518) – Regression Analysis (4)
  • PAD 545 (EHC 545) - Principles and Practices of Cyber Security (4)
  • PAD 546 (EHC 546) – Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management (4)
  • PAD 550 – Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management (4)
  • PAD 551 (CRJ 648) – Terrorism, Public Security and Law Enforcement (3)
  • PAD 553 (EHC 553)– Topics in Homeland Security and Terrorism (4)
  • PAD 555 (POS 555/EHC 555) – Disaster, Crisis, Emergency Management and Policy (4)
  • PAD 556 (EHC 556) – Homeland Security Intelligence (4)
  • PAD 558 (EHC 558/INT 542) – Intelligence & US National Security Policymaking (4)
  • PAD 559 (EHC 559) – Homeland Security: Building Preparedness Capabilities (4)
  • PAD 571 (EHC 571) - Military Forces in Support of Civil Authorities (4)
  • PAD 583 (POS 583) – Global Governance (4)
  • PAD 585 (POS 585, INF 585) – Information Technology and Homeland Security (4)
  • PAD 610 – Organizational Theory and Behavior (4)
  • PAD 624 – Simulating Dynamic Systems (3-4)
  • PAD 625 (POS 626) Bargaining and Negotiation (4)
  • PAD 636 – Cultural Analysis of Organizations (4)
  • PAD 637 – Social and Organizational Networks in Public Policy, Management, and Service Delivery: Theory, Methods and Analysis (4)
  • PAD 705 – Research Methods II (4)
  • POS 550 – Field Seminar in Comparative Political Systems (4)
  • POS 566 – Ethnic Conflict (4)
  • POS 567 - Contentious Politics: Theory and Research (4)
  • POS 570 – Field Seminar in International Political Systems (4)
  • POS 582 – Global Security (2)
  • CRJ 504 – Applied Statistics I (3)
  • IST 532 – Terrorism, Public Security and Information Analysis (3)

Cybersecurity Track

The following course is required of all students concentrating in the Cybersecurity track:

  • PAD 545 (EHC 545) – Principles and Practices of Cybersecurity (4)

Students may then select three additional courses from the following list with the consent of their advisor:

  • PAD 504 – Data Models, and Decisions I (4)
  • PAD 505 (POS 505) – Data, Models, and Decisions II (4)
  • PAD 517 (POS 517) – Empirical Data Analysis (4)
  • PAD 518 (POS 518) – Regression Analysis (4)
  • PAD 546 (EHC 546) – Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management (4)
  • PAD 549 (EHC 549) - Cyber Security: Long Term Planning and Risk Management (4)
  • PAD 550 – Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management (4)
  • PAD 553 (EHC 553) – Topics in Homeland Security and Terrorism (4)
  • PAD 569 (EHC 569) - Cyber Threats and Intelligence (4)
  • PAD 572 (EHC 572) - Disaster and Crisis Management in the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors (4)
  • PAD 583 (POS 583) – Global Governance (4)
  • PAD 585 (POS 585, INF 585) – Information Technology and Homeland Security (4)
  • PAD 624 – Simulating Dynamic Systems (3-4)
  • PAD 636 – Cultural Analysis of Organizations (4)
  • PAD 637 – Social and Organizational Networks in Public Policy, Management, and Service Delivery: Theory, Methods and Analysis (4)
  • PAD 705 – Research Methods II (4)
  • POS 582 – Global Security (2)
  • CRJ 504 – Applied Statistics I (3)
  • IST 532 – Terrorism, Public Security and Information Analysis (3)
  • ITM 604 – Data Communications, Computer Networking and Computer Security or ITM 644 – Introduction to Information & Cyber Security (3)
  • ITM 640 – Information Security Risk Assessment (1-3)
  • ITM 641 – Security Policies (1-3)
  • ITM 642 – Computer Forensics (1-3)
  • ITM 643 – Incident Handling (1-3)
  • ITM 645 – Psychology & Information Security (3)
  • ITM 646 – Mathematical Models for Information Security (3)
  • ITM 647 – Security Implementation (3)
  • ITM 691 – Field Study in Information Technology Management (3)
  • CSI 516 – Computer Communication Networks (3)
  • CSI 524 – Information Security (3)
  • CSI 526 – Cryptography (3)
  • CSI 628 – Cryptographic Protocols (3)
  • FOR 610 – International Cyber Conflicts (3)
  • FOR 611 – Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) Forensics (3)
  • FOR 613 – Multimedia Forensics (3)
  • INF 503 – Advanced Networking and Security (3)
  • INF 504 – Advanced Systems and Security (3)
  • INF 552 – Computer and Network Security (3)
  • INF 553 – Information Security and Privacy (3)
  • INF 554 – Human Aspects of Cyber-security (3)
  • INF 555 – Prevention and Protection Strategies in Cyber-security (3)