Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

This certificate program is designed as an intensive interdisciplinary educational program for working professionals who either have emergency management and homeland security as part of their current job description or who are interested in expanding their understanding and skills to enter the emergency management and homeland security field.

The graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security provides an interdisciplinary graduate education for people engaged in, or seeking professional careers in, emergency management and homeland security. The curriculum focuses on managing security threats or crises, natural or man-made disasters, or emergencies through the coordination of public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The National Response Framework, previously National Response Plan, places strong emphasis on coordination and collaboration at all levels of government and between private and nonprofit sectors. The courses in this certificate program focus on that collaborative effort. Courses are held in the evenings and taught by experienced academics and professionals. FEMA’s Professional Development Series is built into the curriculum. Students who complete FEMA’s PDS receive a certificate of completion for their participation in the series.

The program’s course work is interdisciplinary, offering core courses from a public administration and management perspective. Electives are diverse and come from various departments. They include such topics as Regional Planning and Design, Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism, Health Care Decision Sciences and Knowledge Management,; Seminar in American Security Policy, and Seminar in Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The EMHS certificate program curriculum consists of 18 credits. Students complete a core of four courses (12 credits) and two electives (6 credits).

Admission requirement for the EMHS certificate is completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

For the most complete, up-to-date program requirements, please see the official UCF graduate catalog.

Application Process

Applications are accepted in fall and spring. Apply online.