Penn State Offers Online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security

Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security provides an excellent education for homeland security professionals and can shape future leaders in the field. Enrolling in the certificate program shows that you want to acquire the broad-based knowledge of homeland security issues and strategies at the local, state, and federal level as well as in the private sector. Graduates of the certificate can gain an understanding of:

  • major legislation shaping homeland security policy
  • key actors and their interactions
  • planning and organizational imperatives related to homeland security or emergency management
  • impact of catastrophic events on society and domestic and global economies

Why Penn State for Your Homeland Security Education? Penn State’s homeland security curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS); it reflects the input of that institution and the Department of Homeland Security. The certificate may serve as an avenue into Penn State’s online master’s in homeland security. Credits earned in the certificate may be applied toward the master’s in homeland security base program.

Who Should Apply? The homeland security certificate is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree. The certificate iseal for federal, state, and local emergency management officials, law enforcement personnel, members of the military, as well as employees connected with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies looking for a broad-based homeland security education. Individuals in the private sector, including finance corporations, insurance agencies, and security consultants, may find the program provides valuable and relevant skills.

Career Opportunities for Graduates As a graduate with this certificate, you can find work in such occupations as:

  • emergency management
  • facilities management
  • disaster recovery
  • education
  • administration/management
  • policy planning
  • community practice
  • research

Information for Military and Veterans Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

Online Education at Penn State Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.