Homeland Security Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

The curriculum consists of two required courses (6 credits) and two electives (6 credits). Students must achieve a GPA of 3.00 or above to be awarded the certificate.

Required Courses
HLS 811Fundamentals of Homeland Security3
HLS 404Homeland Security and Defense in Practice3
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods
Disaster Psychology
Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security
Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security
Emerging Threats to Homeland Security
U.S. Military's Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities
U.S. Homeland Security Law
In addition, students may choose one of the following courses as an elective:
Global Strategic Management
Managing and Leading People in Organizations
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the origins and organization of the Homeland Security Enterprise.
  2. Describe how relevant Congressional acts, Presidential directives, and national strategies influence decision making in homeland security.
  3. Identify the roles and shared responsibility of key agencies and partners at federal, state, and local levels, and of the private sector.
  4. Assess current situations and select scenarios.
  5. Evaluate the all-hazards and the whole-community approach.


Certificate Program Head: Alexander Siedschlag

Primary Program Contact: Lesa Stanford

Email: lis12@psu.edu

Mailing Address: 777 West Harrisburg Pike, 131W Olmsted Bldg., Middletown, PA 17057

Telephone: (717) 948-6050

Program Website: Homeland Security Graduate Certificate