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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 below. Students must achieve a GPA of 3.00 or above to be awarded the certificate.



HLS 404(3), HLS 540(3), HLS 558(3), HLS 802(3), HLS 804(3), HLS 811(3), HLS 832(3), HLS 875(3), PUBPL 475(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 575 U.S. Homeland Security Law (3)
  • HLS 832. U.S. Military's Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities (3)

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

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017


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