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Graduate Degree Programs

Homeland Security

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D., Chair, Homeland Security Programs
Professor of Homeland Security and Public Health Sciences
W160M Olmsted Building
Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-4326

In this 12-credit graduate certificate program, students will learn about the origins and organization of the Homeland Security Enterprise, including relevant Congressional acts, Presidential policies, and national strategies, as well as the roles and shared responsibility of key agencies and partners at federal, state, and local levels, and from the private sector. They will apply that knowledge to current situations and select scenarios based on an all-hazards and whole-community approach.

The certificate program offers a viable opportunity for those who seek advanced education but do not wish or have not yet determined if they are ready to pursue a full master's degree program. For students in the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS), this program may be pursued to earn an embedded certificate as an additional credential.

The curriculum consists of two required courses (6 credits) and two electives (6 credits). The two prescribed courses are HLS 811 (Fundamentals of Homeland Security) and HLS 404 (Homeland Security and Defense in Practice). Two electives must be chosen from the courses listed in the Elective Courses section below. Students must achieve a GPA of 3.00 or above to be awarded the certificate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission . Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin . International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement .

Applicants are expected to have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their undergraduate work.



HLS 811. Introduction to Homeland Security (3)
HLS 404. Homeland Security and Defense in Practice (3)


Choose 6 credits from the following:

  • HLS 802. Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security (3)
  • HLS 804. Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security (3)
  • HLS 540. Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods (3)
  • HLS 558. Disaster Psychology (3)
  • HLS 875 U.S. Homeland Security Law (3)
  • HLS 832. U.S. Military's Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (3)
  • PUBPL 475. Critical Infrastructure Protection (3)

Effective Date: Fall Semester 2017
Expiration Date: Fall Semester 2020

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017


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