Online Graduate Certificate inHOMELAND SECURITY

Earning a graduate-level homeland security certificate from Eastern Kentucky University can help you gain the knowledge and skills to combat the internal and external security issues facing the U.S. While our 12-credit hour online graduate certificate uses the exact same curriculum and is taught by the same faculty as our Master's in Safety, it can be completed independently of a degree program. Use your newfound knowledge to pursue opportunities across the various local, state and federal agencies that help keep our country safe, or explore the growing security frontier in the private sector. This credential can not only help you assume more responsibility in the workplace, but can also be your stepping stone to our Master's in Safety program.

Earn your certificate in 1 year or less.

Complete coursework 100% online.

Learn from a veteran faculty of safety professionals with public and private sector experience.

Benefit from EKU’s interactive course delivery and discussion boards.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top colleges and universities.
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Ranked 7th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.
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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.
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What you can learn

Examine the roles and responsibilities of leadership in all levels of security through the Homeland Security Certificate program. Take an in-depth look at the Department of Homeland Security and analyze the legislation and policy associated with it, such as the Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. Examine how politics and organizational factors play into various roles within a homeland security team, and sharpen your ability to detect critical threats and hazards.

At the heart of our homeland security certificate program is teamwork. Study the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in rising to the challenge of thwarting a threat to the nation’s infrastructure and its citizens.

EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Topics of study include:
  • National Response Plan
  • Threat Appraisal
  • Policy Analysis
  • Infrastructure Protection and Systems
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Agency Operations
  • Terrorism
  • Threats and Hazards
  • Domestic Security
  • Agency Operations
"I've been here for about 14 years. I've only been a professor for three of those. For the other 11 years, I was a federal contractor of the Department of Homeland Security and a federal contractor to the Department of Justice. I've been in the field; I've talked to these folks. I understand what they need from students. I've brought that experience to the classroom so that I could share that and make these students very successful for their potential employers."Ryan Baggett, Homeland Security Instructor
Online Graduate Certificate in

Homeland Security Courses

HLS 800 Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Organization, missions and critical issues in US homeland security and emergency management. Focuses on developing professional skills in critical thinking, policy analysis and ethics.
HLS 810 Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis
Foundations for providing security and resilience to the nation’s critical infrastructure with an emphasis on risk management.
HLS 820 Terrorism and Intelligence
Prerequisite: HLS 800 or department approval. Causes of terrorism and the application of intelligence support for preventing terrorist attacks.
HLS 830 Natural Hazards and Threats to the Nation
Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, accidents, epidemics, technological failures and terrorism.