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Who is eligible to apply to the Certificate Program?

The program is open to both post-bac students who wish to acquire specialized training to meet current or future job requirements in Homeland Security, and working professionals from the private and public sectors with an undergraduate degree in any area. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 units are encouraged to apply. All students should supply transcripts.

When are the classes offered? Do I attend on-campus classes, or are they offered online?

This program is conducted completely online, offering convenience and flexibility for those employed full-time but interested in career advancement, as well as students wishing to continue their education at the graduate level. No on-campus class meetings are required.

How long will it take me to complete the certificate requirements?

You may complete all four courses in two consecutive semesters.

How many units are required?

The Certificate consists of four three-unit classes for a total of 12 graduate units. The first cohort of classes begins in August, 2014.

What are the costs?

Tuition is $350/unit or $1,050 for each three-unit class. Fees are due upon registration for each class. Financial Aid is not available for this program.

I have additional questions about the Certificate Program. Whom do I contact?

You may contact the program coordinator, Dr. Keith Clement, by emailing him at or you may call 559.278.4427. Email is the most efficient method of contacting Dr. Clement.

How will the Homeland Security Certificate enhance my career or employment possibilities?

Students completing this online program will gain vital insight and competency relevant to the field of Homeland Security. This program will help balance the perspective of first responders, middle level supervisors, and executive managers and decision-makers on the many inherent challenges of societal protection from natural and human-caused disasters.

Do I need a specific undergraduate degree as a prerequisite?

The Certificate program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution.