Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is an interdisciplinary program designed for working professionals or for those who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills related to the field.

Program Highlights
• 18 credit hours
• Evening classes
• Courses lead to FEMA Professional Development Series certificate

Program Director
Claire Connolly Knox
Associate Professor
claire.knox@ucf.edu
407-823-2604

Curriculum
The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security requires 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including two elective courses and the following four required courses. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, offering core courses from a public administration and management perspective. FEMA’s Professional Development Series is built into the curriculum, and students who complete those courses will receive a FEMA certificate of completion. For more information, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

PAD 6399: Foundations of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Through this course, students will analyze the policy and organizational design issues confronting managers of emergency management and homeland security programs.
Offered occasionally

PAD 6397: Managing Emergencies and Crises

Through this course, students will analyze and integrate the basic crisis management steps.
Offered occasionally

PAD 6716: Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners

This course cover the use of systems concepts, software and computers in contemporary public sector management and planning information systems.
Offered in fall and spring

PAD 6825: Cross-Sectoral Governance

Through this course, students will examine the structures, dynamics and processes associated with developing and delivering public services through networks and partnerships involving public, nonprofit, voluntary and private sectors.
Offered occasionally

Admissions and Advising
Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of emergency management interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 15 while the deadline to apply for spring admission is Dec. 1. For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.