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Homeland Security ,Certificate

Homeland Security, Certificate

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Homeland Security, Certificate


Cybersecurity, Disaster, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Planning, Public Safety, Risk Management, Terrorism

Uncover the ways terrorism, financial crime, gangs and organized crime threaten the United States and learn how law enforcement agencies, the military and other aspects of our national security system collaborate to provide defense against these threats.


The 21 credit hour homeland security certificate program provides students with the skills and credentials necessary to prepare them to enter fields specializing in homeland security. Students receive extended education in topics such as domestic and international terrorism, cyber-terrorism and advanced crime.

At a Glance
Program Requirements

Required Courses -- 15 credit hours
Elective Courses (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all coursework.
Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice majors who are also pursuing the Homeland Security certificate may not use CRJ 412: International Terrorism, CRJ 417: Cyber Terrorism, CRJ 419: Domestic Terrorism, CRJ 422: Violence in America, CRJ 455: Police and International Terrorism, CRJ 456: Etiology of Martyrdom, CRJ 462: Gangs, CRJ 463: White Collar Crime, and CRJ 464: Organized Crime toward both their major and the certificate. These courses will only be used toward the certificate requirements.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements other than those required for admission to ASU. Students should meet with an academic advisor from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to formally add the certificate to their degree plan.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the homeland security certificate program find a strong job market in the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities exist in supervisory and management positions in criminal justice agencies (federal, state and local) including Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local and state-level law enforcement departments. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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