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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Graduate Certificate

The nation's growing homeland security issues have created the need for professionals trained in emergency management.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate designed for people who work or will work in all levels of government, or with government contractors, private firms, and nongovernmental organizations.

The program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of pre-career and in-service individuals. Graduate students in other disciplines can use the program to supplement their primary fields with coursework in homeland security and emergency management, possibly using the certificate courses as part of a graduate degree minor. Career employees of public and private-sector agencies seeking courses in homeland security and emergency management, especially those changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles, should find the certificate program beneficial.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management prepares you for such careers as:

  • Emergency management specialist 
  • Emergency preparedness coordinator 
  • Hazard mitigation officer 
  • Public safety director 
  • Transportation security officer 
  • Security screener 
  • Emergency communications officer 
  • US Customs and Border Protection officer 
  • Intelligence analyst 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, you must complete 15 credit hours of graduate coursework from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Emergency management core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • O'Neill elective courses (6 credit hours) 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts 
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement


  • SPEA-J 524Emergency Management3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 528Risk Analysis for Public Safety3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 531National and Homeland Security in America3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 520Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 586Public Safety in America3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 682 Planning and Management for Criminal Justice and Public Safety3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $456.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1368.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1207.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3621.00

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

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