Homeland Security Leadership and Policy

Post-Master's Certificate
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This post-master’s certificate is designed to prepare senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for positions of executive leadership in the general field of homeland security. You will examine terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management and critical infrastructure security issues. You will also have the opportunity to apply theory and emerging concepts to real world issues through innovative approaches to complex problems.  

Basis of Admission

A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.


Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Course Description


Homeland Security and Terrorism

This Doctoral level course serves as an introduction to the study of homeland security and will provide an overview of the practical discipline including readings on the various government agencies involved in different aspects of homeland security. The course will also include an overview of the terrorist threat faced today and an examination of how that threat came into being.


Local Emergency Management and Civil Preparedness

In this course, students will analyze the operations and preparedness of local emergency management systems and their ability to respond to natural and manmade disasters. students will learn how the Incident Command System functions and use it to plan the use of emergency response organizations. students will explain and assess local community capabilities to maintain the safety of their populations and the processes through which local emergency response agencies can request assistance.


Aviation and Ground Transportation Security

In this Doctoral level course, students will closely examine the aviation, ground, and maritime transportation networks with regard to the security demands now placed on them. The course assignments include the exploration of the actual threat to each industry with regard to the appropriate counterterrorism measures within each component from a domestic and global perspective. Regulatory agencies, both domestic and international will be reviewed in conjunction with international treaties.


Strategy, Resiliency, and Coping with Fear

In this Doctoral level course students will have an opportunity to gain a conceptual understanding of the meanings of strategy, national interests, elements of power, and asymmetric threats. students also will explore the meaning of the concept of resiliency as well as how terrorists use fear to their advantage. An understanding of these concepts will aid any homeland security professional in performing their duties and protecting the populace.


Security of the Maritime Transportation System

The asymmetric threat posed by maritime terrorism has become an increasing concern to security experts throughout the world. This Doctoral level course explores the world of maritime terrorism. The course provides students an opportunity to analyze a variety of risk issues, key challenges, and both national and international strategies including the International Maritime Organization's International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code.


Homeland Security Leadership and Policy

The student will create a comprehensive research project that seeks to create a unique solution to a stated, real or hypothetical defined topic approved by the Mentor. Research scope and definitions must be declared before the specific approved project can commence. students will be assessed on demonstrated proficiency in designed assignments, which will culminate into a final research project.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Business and Technology Management's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $974
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,922
  • Program cost: $17,882
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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