Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security

College of Liberal Arts

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The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security is designed to educate students using an all-hazards emergency management model and is meant to prepare future public administration professionals to cope with all natural, accidental and man made hazards. Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies for a broad range of natural hazards, technological hazards, and terrorism.
  • Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
  • Analyze terrorist groups’ proclivities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation-state, our state and our region.
  • Develop policies, procedures, and protocols to allow seamless agency integration from prevention to incident response and recovery scenarios.
  • Recognize the multidisciplinary nature of homeland security functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 7 Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 December 3 Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
    • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

    Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • A 300-500 word essay/personal statement describing work experience, educational goals, professional goals, languages spoken and any other material that would be relevant. The essay should also address the reasons and motivations for seeking a graduate certificate.
  • Resume

Submit supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Students who elect to obtain a graduate certificate in Homeland Security will take the following required classes (9 sem. hrs)

  • PADM 5301 - Theory and Practice of Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5302 - Policy Making and Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5380 - Homeland Security and Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.

In addition to the three required classes listed above, students must select two of the following courses, with one of which to include PADM 5381 or PADM 5382.

  • PADM 5308 - Administrative Law 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5360 - Strategic Planning 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5377 - Grant Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5381 - Modern Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5382 - Emergency Management and Disaster Planning Practicum 3 sem. hrs.
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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Beth Rauhaus