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Homeland Security

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Homeland Security provides you with a broad understanding of national security and defense, policies, planning, and programs, as well as the ability to expertly evaluate and improve current defense tactics. The curriculum is designed to improve your understanding of national security threats, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, intelligence, consequence management, and interagency government-related issues. This graduate program helps you to prepare for career advancement and leadership roles within the military services or homeland security field. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Homeland security elements, operational concerns, and policies
  • Weapons of mass destruction, including security and threats
  • Domestic terrorism and extremist groups
  • Intelligence community responses to homeland security threats
  • U.S. and global homeland security laws and policies
  • Research, analysis, writing, and communication

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Predict the need to conduct and/or contract for research related to high probability chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or energetic (CBRNE) events and their consequences in any community of interest.
  • Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of public, private and military efforts to reduce, patterned and non-patterned "warfare" by overt and covert means of both nation states and transnational terrorist groups.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.