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Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Online | 6-month program

Keep Your Community Safe and Your Career Secure

Ensuring the safety and security of a nation’s infrastructure, economy—and most importantly, its people—is essential for our society’s success. This certificate program will educate you about the threats posed by domestic and international terrorism and the best strategies for countering them.

Through innovative coursework melding research, critical thinking techniques, and real-world case studies, you will build your skills and develop emergency and disaster plans that can be employed in the face of both man-made and natural threats.

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this graduate certificate program.

Fast Facts:

Complete the certificate in as few as 6 months

This advanced certificate can be earned as a valuable stand-alone credential or as part of Excelsior’s MS in Criminal Justice program.

Emergency management directors are in high demand for communities seeking ways to plan for natural and civil challenges


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Online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program Details

Risk Assessment in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Learn about national infrastructure protection policy, sector-specific agencies, public-private partnerships, and the emerging issues of cybersecurity, interdependencies, and climate change. Enhance your ability to recognize and evaluate risks associated with human-caused, natural, and technological disasters through a myriad of risk management approaches.

Overview: Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Explore the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations and the impact of current issues on these entities in the United States. Expand your management acumen, analytical skills, and how to navigate diverse stakeholders in the public arena.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Gain an overview of the causes, methods, motivations, and historical lessons surrounding terrorism and the United States’ response through three perspectives: intelligence, law enforcement, and international relations. Develop critical thinking and writing skills to critique research and policy decisions and discuss your findings.

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Download the Graduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

  • Emergency Management Director
  • Senior Emergency Plans Officer
  • Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Border Patrol Agent GL-7
  • Chief of Operations Emergency Management

Alumni Spotlight

Steve Carriere joined the Coast Guard in 1989 and for 27 years was involved in various emergency aid missions such as responding to 9-11 and hurricane aftermath clean-up efforts. He found his calling in emergency management, and after earning his degree from Excelsior, he’s gone on to join and make a difference with Team Rubicon, a volunteer disaster relief organization serving others in times of crisis.

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5011) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.