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Homeland Security (Graduate Certificate)

Catastrophic prevention, preparation, communication, responsiveness and recovery are a unique and vital set of skills coveted in areas of public administration, particularly in civil security including emergency and crisis management, business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security. While the federal government's Department of Homeland Security and federal agencies may be among the largest employers of homeland security professionals, homeland security-related jobs can be found across the country as an ever-growing field and has the potential for huge employment growth. Due to the number of jobs in homeland security, individuals earning a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security can choose from a range of professional roles.

Homeland Security (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Homeland Security Certificate at ODU like?

Catastrophic prevention, preparation, communication, responsiveness and recovery are a unique and vital set of skills coveted in areas of public administration, particularly in civil security including emergency and crisis management, business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security. While the federal government's Department of Homeland Security and federal agencies may be among the largest employers of homeland security professionals, homeland security-related jobs can be found across the country as an ever-growing field and has the potential for huge employment growth. Due to the number of jobs in homeland security, individuals earning a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security can choose from a range of professional roles.

Program Highlights


What makes Homeland Security Certificate at ODU unique?

  • Program follows an “all hazards” approach and is adaptable to both public and private sectors

  • Assignments provide practical real-world skills that are applicable in the workplace

  • Program offered online: a perfect fit for those with busy work and family lives

  • Continue working in your current field as you earn the qualifications and skills for advancement or pursue other career opportunities

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Immigration and Customs Inspectors

$83,320

MEDIAN SALARY


Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.

Emergency Management Directors

$81,140

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

Public Relations Specialists

$67,990

MEDIAN SALARY


Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Homeland Security Certificate at ODU?

ENMA 724:
Risk Analysis


Approaches to the management of risk; probability assessment methods; risk modeling; use of software packages; extensions of decision analysis, including stochastic dominance and multiattribute methods; applications to project management, scheduling, and cost estimation.

PADM 712:
Emergency Management and Policy


Explores policy and regulatory issues of emergency management; intergovernmental responsibilities and relationships among local, state and federal agencies in an all hazards approach to preparing and responding to manmade and natural disasters. Examines challenges faced by local, state, and federal managers during a large scale disaster.

CYSE 600:
Cybersecurity Principles


This course provides an overview of the field of cybersecurity. It covers core cybersecurity topics including computer system architectures, critical infrastructures, cyber threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography, cryptographic protocol design, information assurance, network security, and risk assessment and management. Students are expected to become familiar with fundamental security concepts, technologies and practices, and develop a foundation for further study in cybersecurity.

CYSE 605:
Leadership and Management in Cybersecurity


This course introduces skills to manage technical professionals and lead strategic change in their organization. Based on the basic operations and functionality of cybersecurity systems, students will learn the management of cybersecurity technical professionals, including how to effectively lead and manage teams, how to launch and assess organizational change initiatives, and how to work effectively within an interdependent group to achieve common goals.

GEOG 573:
Geographic Information Systems for Emergency Management


Students will demonstrate advanced skills and techniques using spatial data to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from intentional, natural, and accidental homeland security threats and emergencies. This course demonstrates the importance of rapidly disseminating spatial information towards the prevention and response of various organizations to homeland security events. This course will provide students with the tools and experience required to collect, prepare and manage spatial data and enable students to be prepared to map and analyze the data to quickly and effectively create a coordinated response to real homeland security events.

ENMA 625:
Introduction to Homeland Security Logistics


This course introduces the student to essential concepts of Homeland Security and principles of all-hazards risk management. It emphasizes understanding (1) the right balance among different hazards in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; (2) the impacts of illegal and legal immigration on the economic and social stability of our communities; and (3) the emergence and evolving threats in cybersecurity, averting cybercrime, and shielding critical infrastructure. Participants will learn critical decision-making concepts and tools and techniques to improve decision-making in the interinstitutional homeland security decision space.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Homeland Security Certificate at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Homeland Security Certificate should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security will possess the fundamental aspects of national safety and security skills commensurate to those pursued for positions in various government and private agencies.

     

  • All degree-seeking applicants admitted to the certificate program must meet ODU requirements for graduate admission: an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. Those whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT.

     

  • Non-degree seeking students are required to have these same credentials, though documentation is not required. Ultimately, students must apply to the program in order to obtain the certificate.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Financial Aid for Graduate Students


Financial aid is available to graduate students at Old Dominion University. Financial aid may be available in the form of University fellowships, tuition grants, and research assistantships. In addition to the financial aid offered by the University, graduate students may be eligible for aid and student loans administered by other agencies. For information about part-time employment, scholarships, and student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Next Steps


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Phone Office:

757-683-3685


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International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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