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Post-Master’s Certificate
in Homeland Security:
Leadership and Policy

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Business, Homeland Security: Leadership and Policy


Ever since the events of 9/11, homeland security has taken on a heightened status in the defense of our nation. The field offers unique career opportunities to help secure our borders, airports, and waterways; research and develop the latest security technologies and analyses; and respond to natural disasters or terrorist assaults.

This post-master’s specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, emergency medical care, and disaster preparedness agencies for positions of executive leadership in the field of homeland security. The coursework covers topics such as terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues. With innovative approaches to complex security problems, the program provides senior-level homeland security professionals with the opportunity to apply theories and emerging concepts to real-world issues.

Admission Requirements 

  • A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Course Details

For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Business with a specialization in Homeland Security: Leadership and Policy, you must complete 18 credit hours, including five required courses and one School of Business doctoral level elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 14 months.

Required Course Listing

This course serves as an introduction to the study of homeland security and provides an overview of the practical discipline and the various government agencies involved. The coursework takes a broad view of the terrorist threats we face today and examines how these threats came into being.

An examination of the operations and preparedness of local emergency management systems and their ability to respond to natural and manmade disasters. You’ll learn how the National Incident Management System functions and use it to plan the use of emergency response organizations. You’ll explore and assess the capabilities of local communities to maintain the safety of their populations, and you’ll learn the processes through which emergency response agencies can request assistance.

This course examines the security demands now required of both domestic and global transportation networks. With both a local and international perspective, you’ll explore the threats to each industry, the measures needed to secure them, and the agencies and agreements that protect against them.

A critical look at the integration of intelligence operations and law enforcement in the realm of homeland security. The course examines the composition of the U.S. intelligence community, the roles of their various agencies, and the issues they face. You’ll learn to use strategic intelligence effectively in areas of law enforcement and public safety.

This course provides a conceptual understanding of strategy, national interests, elements of power, and asymmetric threats. You’ll explore the meaning of resiliency and how terrorists use fear to their advantage. A thorough understanding of these concepts will aid you in performing your duties and protecting the populace as a homeland security professional.

* National University’s Post-Master’s Certificate program allows you to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit your personal and professional goals. You must complete a minimum of three credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered by the NU School of Business.

Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

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National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.