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Security Management

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Security Management focuses on the principles and theories associated with various types of security, from industrial espionage, to cyber crime, to contemporary issues in security asset protection. In this online program, you’ll also study strategic decision making and the evaluation of security programs. Field work in the areas of executive protection and recovery, trade secret protection, background investigations, surveillance, IT security, and cybersecurity are but a few choices available in the security management field. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of security management 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:

  • Executive decision making and different management styles
  • Asset protection and loss prevention management
  • Public and private sector security programs evaluation
  • Contemporary issues in security management
  • Protective services history, development, and functions
  • Cybercrime and its legal, technical, and social issues
  • Industrial espionage
  • Principles and planning techniques of security architecture

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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:

  • Ascertain and evaluate the aspects of vulnerabilities, threats, and countermeasures, as they pertain to assets protection.
  • Analyze the security concepts in various programs, including personnel security, information security, and physical security.
  • Assess the methodologies of resource allocation as it pertains to applying appropriate security through the use of protective services.
  • Conduct risk assessment analysis of computer facilities, including identifying types of threats and probabilities of occurrences.
  • Describe and apply various security management plans and principles appropriate to crisis situations and distinguish the management approaches to threats.
  • Distinguish between industrial and economic espionage that present threats to either business or government organizations.

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.