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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

William V. Pelfrey Jr., Ph.D.
Program Chair and Associate Professor
(804) 828-8467

Admission requirements summary

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

of entry:

All semesters

None – rolling admissions


The Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness was developed for current and prospective homeland security and emergency preparedness practitioners to develop managerial competencies supporting these evolving professions. The graduate certificate program requires 15 credit hours, comprised of five three-credit courses delivered through a combination of online technology, and one on-campus session (three days) as described below. The courses offered in the certificate program are the same as those taken by students in the master’s program and, with grades of “B” or better and upon acceptance into the master’s program, are fully transferable to the Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program.

Student learning outcomes

Online study

Web-based course delivery in an asynchronous format is designed around each course’s own Blackboard site.

On-campus study

During the final week of the semester, the class will have a three-day in-class session from Thursday to Saturday. It will feature presentations and discussion of student projects/papers, as well as lectures, seminar sessions and exercises. (Exceptions will be made for students who are unable to attend these sessions, such as active-duty military personnel or emergency managers involved in ongoing operations).


HSEP 501 Institutional Challenges of Security Preparedness
HSEP 502 Survey of Terrorism
HSEP 601 Emergency Management: Response Planning and Incident Command
HSEP 602 Government, Private Industry and Community Strategic Planning
HSEP 603 Risk Assessment

All courses are required for the program.



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