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This program has moved to the College of Engineering. Please contact Mercedes Moultrie, mm342@drexel.edu, 215-571-3939.

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Management

As proven by the events of September 11, 2001, a centralized Department of Homeland Security is necessary for the successful coordination of local and state, as well as federal and private security units. Interagency cooperation, coupled with the proper dissemination of information, is what leads not only to the successful response to domestic disasters, but also to the prevention of such tragedies. Drexel University’s Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Management strives to create leaders prepared to answer this call.

Government careers related to homeland security include immigration services, U.S. customs and border protection, intelligence, transportation security, secret service, federal law enforcement, nuclear detection, narcotic enforcement, and emergency management. However, homeland security jobs are not just in government. Many government agencies and private-sector employers seek workers who have or are eligible to obtain a security clearance, especially those working in information technology. The Homeland Security certificate provides, in a concentrated format, the most contemporary knowledge and skills needed in this important area for students who do not wish to pursue a master's degree, but who would value a credential that demonstrates their learning.

Students in this certificate program will develop competencies and knowledge relating to:

  • Homeland security strategy and policy development
  • National security issues in terrorism
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • National security intelligence
  • Land and maritime border and port protection
  • Developing technologies in homeland security

Specifically, graduates of this program will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Recognize terrorist groups’ proclivities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation-state.
  • Develop policies, procedures, and protocols to allow seamless agency integration from prevention to incident response scenarios.
  • Recognize the multidisciplinary nature of homeland security functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.

Students who may benefit are those in federal, state, and municipal government, especially those involved in law enforcement, facilities, emergency medical personnel, fire personnel, and concerned citizens. Prospective graduate students at Drexel that are likely to be interested in courses in this program include construction management, architecture, and engineering (all disciplines).


The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Management is comprised of 18 credits of courses that empower our graduates with the most contemporary knowledge and skills needed in this important area.

Download a detailed view of the curriculum. (PDF)


If you are interested in starting or completing this online certificate, please review the admissions Criteria noted for your specific program and follow the application procedures on Drexel Online's admissions page.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call 1-877-215-0009.