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Foundations of Homeland Security

Undergraduate Certificate

Only transportation security officers with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may enroll in this program. The Foundations of Homeland Security undergraduate certificate is designed to provide broad knowledge of homeland security threats and to enrich knowledge previously gained in the university’s Airport Transportation Security undergraduate learning track. Topics include homeland security, emergency and disaster management, and intelligence analysis, with a focus on threats you may encounter during the course of your career as a TSA employee.

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students working for the TSA who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • List the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism.
  • Describe how the intelligence cycle relates to threats facing the United States.
  • Explain modern transportation and border security challenges.
  • Describe emergency operations center operations.
  • Compare the psychological and behavioral aspects of terrorism.
  • Explain the history of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons development and use.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • Only transportation security officers with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are eligible for this program.
  • Contact an AMU admissions representative at  855-731-9201 or partnerships@apus.edu to enroll in this program.
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*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 that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. 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

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

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.

School of Security & Global Studies


School of Security & Global Studies

This program resides in the American Military University School of Security & Global Studies where many of the university’s flagship programs were created by experts from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and private businesses throughout the world. The programs taught in the School of Security & Global Studies truly embody our Educating Those Who Serve motto because many of our students come from active-duty military and federal, state, and local government agencies.

The AMU faculty is committed to helping you apply educational theories to real-world challenges in preparation for leadership opportunities in criminal justice, public safety, public administration, national security, and more. Many of our professors are highly credentialed and respected leaders in their fields and currently work in the U.S. government.

At AMU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and service commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with classmates and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect – a strong benefit for deployed personnel.

We encourage you to browse the School of Security & Global Studies webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you