Certificate Tracks


  • EM Certificate
  • UAS Certificate
  • Intel Certificate

Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Emergency management and homeland security is a growing field in the United States and around the world. This certificate gives students in just about any program of study a way to stand out from the crowd and learn real world approaches to solving complicated problems.

The certificate program includes courses on:

  • Emergency management, both domestic and international
  • EM policy development and planning
  • Homeland security policy
  • Terrorism, including international policy analysis
  • Public health
  • Public information
  • Technology and disaster management

Students complete a variety of classroom and real-world experiences and develop critical skills for working in the field of emergency management.

The certificate is offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management & Homeland Security

15 Credit Hours

This program includes skills and knowledge appropriate for practicing managers and all those interested in emergency management training. Students who have completed their undergraduate certificate from this program should contact our office before registering for classes as a graduate student. Successful completion of the courses applied to the EMHS Certificate is defined as a grade of C or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the EMHS certificate.

Core Courses (Required)

PAD 5397 Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD 5398 Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy

Elective Courses (Choose Three)

PAD 5373 Emergency Management Leadership and Communications
PAD 5376 Intro to Terrorism
PAD 5377 Advanced Topics in Terrorism (Prerequisite: Intro to Terrorism)*
* Can be substituted for PAD 5398 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy
PAD 5378 Disaster Systems (Prerequisite: Foundations in Emergency Management)
PAD 5388 Disaster Recovery and Mitigation
PAD 5828 NGOs and Disasters
PAD 5835 International Comparative Disaster Management
PAD 5935 International Conflicts and Terrorism
PAD 5845 Public Health and Emergency Management
PAD 5895 Homeland Security Policy and Practice
PAD 5388 Disaster Dollars: The Financing of Emergency Management Recovery
PAD 5079 Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management
PAD 5935 Emergency Management Studio
PAD 5837 International Terrorism Policy (Prerequisite: Intro to Terrorism)
PAD 5848 U.S. Intelligence Community
PAD 5935 Disaster Planning for Urban Poor Communities
PAD 5935 Global Security and Fusion
PAD 5849 U.S. Intelligence Policy
PAD 5896 U.S. Intelligence Analysis and Communication
URP 5445 Global Climate Change and Resillience

Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency Management & Homeland Security

12 Credit Hours

This program includes skills and knowledge appropriate for practicing managers and all those interested in emergency management training. Successful completion of the courses applied to the EMHS Certificate is defined as a grade of C or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the EMHS certificate.

Core Courses (Required)

PAD 4391 Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD 4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

PAD 4372 Emergency Management Leadership and Communications
PAD 4374 Intro to Terrorism
PAD 4375 Advanced Topics in Terrorism m (Prerequisite: Intro to Terrorism)*
* Can be substituted for PAD 4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy
PAD 4395 Disaster Systems (Prerequisite: Foundations in Emergency Management)
PAD 4833 International Comparative Disaster Management
PAD 4936 International Conflicts and Terrorism
PAD 4844 Public Health and Emergency Management
PAD 4890 Homeland Security Policy and Practice
PAD 4891 NGOs and Disasters
PAD 4382 Disaster Dollars: The Financing of Emergency Management Recovery
PAD 4936 Emergency Management Studio
PAD 4084 International Terrorism Policy (Prerequisite: Intro to Terrorism)
PAD 4075 Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management
PAD 4843 U.S. Intelligence Community
PAD 4936 Disaster Planning for Urban Poor Communities
PAD 4936 Global Security and Fusion
PAD 4842 U.S. Intelligence Policy
PAD 4841 U.S. Intelligence Analysis and Communication

EMHS Certificate with Honors

Completing an undergraduate certificate with honors is open to all students including honors and non-honors students. For more information on the Certificate with Honors program, please visit the Division of Undergraduate Studies website.

Certificate in the Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

State and local emergency managers have shown intense interest in what drones can do for the field of emergency management, particularly emergency response, recovery and mitigation. Trade associations estimate 15,000 new drones will be put into service by state and local agencies in the next 15 years.  However, experts in the field are rare, and few are cross trained in management of these systems and the fields in which they are applied.

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program has developed extensive UAS capability and expertise.  This includes practical ‘hands on’ usage of the technology as well as the regulatory frameworks, requirements, and realities of using this data in a variety of fields. EMHS has used drones in several disaster risk reduction projects in the Caribbean and is currently collaborating with the Florida Division of Emergency Management on integrating drones into emergency management and public safety.  Three faculty members from EMHS have acquired manufacturer certifications for specific aircraft and the program has received a Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly UAS for research and educational purposes.

Beginning in the Summer of 2016, EMHS is offering a new certificate program titled, "Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems". This certificate program gives students another way to differentiate themselves from their peers as well as provides unique and desirable educational and practical experiences.

The certificate program is available at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and is open to all majors.  Students may take the UAS courses without being enrolled in the certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in the Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

15 Credit Hours

The graduate certificate in the Application of UAS requires 15 credit hours selected from the list below. The three core courses are required, while the remaining credit hours may come from anywhere on the list. Successful completion of the courses applied to the Application of UAS certificate is defined as a grade of C or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the Application of UAS certificate.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

  1. Successful students will be able to describe and discuss the operational components of an unmanned aircraft system.
  2. Successful students will demonstrate the planning process for the operational use of a UAS.
  3. Successful students will be able to utilize and implement the integration of UAS operations into existing public safety programs and systems.
  4. Successful students will describe the policy implications of UAS integrations and use, including privacy issues, cost issues, and liability issues.

Core Courses (Required)

PAD 5079 Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management
PAD 5078 Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Prerequisite: UAS in EM)
PAD 5935 Policy and Implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Prerequisite: Application of UAS)

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

PAD 5397 Foundations of Emergency Management
PAD 5378 Disaster Systems (Prerequisite: Foundations in Emergency Management)
GEO 5414 Geospatial Data and Analysis GEO 5377 Natural Resource Assessment and Analysis
GIS 5034 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GIS 5010 Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5400 GIS Applications for Social Sciences
PAD 5848 US Intelligence Community
URP 5101 Planning Theory and Practice
URP 5429 Planning for and Mitigating Global Climate Change

Undergraduate Certificate in the Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

12 Credit Hours

The undergraduate certificate in the Application of UAS requires 12 credit hours selected from the list below. The two core courses are required, while the remaining credit hours may come from anywhere on the list. Successful completion of the courses applied to the Application of UAS certificate is defined as a grade of C or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the Application of UAS certificate.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

  1. Successful students will be able to describe and discuss the operational components of an unmanned aircraft system.
  2. Successful students will demonstrate the planning process for the operational use of a UAS.
  3. Successful students will be able to utilize and implement the integration of UAS operations into existing public safety programs and systems.

Core Courses (Required)

PAD 4075 Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management
PAD 4072 Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Prerequisite: UAS in EM)

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

PAD 4936 Policy and Implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Prerequisite: Application of UAS)
PAD 4391 Foundations of Emergency Management
PAD 4395 Disaster Systems (Prerequisite: Foundations in Emergency Management)
GEO 4162 Spatial Data and Analysis
GEO 3015 Map Analysis
GIS 4043 Gegraphic Information Systems
GIS 4035 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GIS 5400 GIS Applications for Social Sciences
URP 3000 Introduction to Planning and Urban Development
URP 4423 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Resource Management

UAS Certificate with Honors

Completing an undergraduate certificate with honors is open to all students including honors and non-honors students. For more information on the Certificate with Honors program, please visit the Division of Undergraduate Studies website.

A FAQ on the UAS program is available on our Current Students page

Certificate in U.S. Intelligence Studies

The focus on the practice and community surrounding the intelligence field in the United States has placed new importance on training analysts and decision makers. This certificate gives students in just about any program of study a way to stand out from the crowd and learn real world approaches to solving complicated problems. The concepts and methods are as relevant in business, psychology, and the arts as it is to national security.

The certificate program includes courses on:

  • Analysis methods
  • Critical thinking
  • Plain-language writing
  • Policy development
  • National Security
  • Terrorism and Conflict
  • Ethics

The certificate program also allows students to hone knowledge of regions and cultures for better analytical skills, useful in the world's current climate. These regions include:

  • Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Russia
  • Middle East
  • East Asia, specifically China

The certificate is offered at the graduate and undergraduate .

Graduate Certificate in USIS

15 Credit Hours

This program includes skills and knowledge appropriate for practicing analysts and those within the community as well as all those interested in intelligence training. Students who have completed their undergraduate certificate from this program should contact our office before registering for classes as a graduate student. Successful completion of the courses applied to the USIS Certificate is defined as a grade of C or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the certificate.

Core Courses (Required)
PAD 5849 U.S. Intelligence Policy
PAD 5896 U.S. Intelligence Analysis and Communication

Elective Courses (Choose Three)

PAD 5848 U.S. Intelligence Community
PAD 5895 Homeland Security Policy and Practice
PAD 5935 Global Security and Fusion
PAD 5376 Introduction to Terrorism
PAD 5377 Advanced Topics in Terrorism
PAD 5935 International Conflict and Terrorism
PAD 5837 International Terror Policy
PAD 5935 Terrorism and Security in Africa
REL 5195 Ethics of Torture
RLG 5397 Torture and Human Rights
REL 6176 Law and Ethics of Torture
INR 5507 International Organizations
INR 5935 National Security Transformation
INR 5936 National Security Issues
INR 5935 Human Rights and National Security Law
INR 5036 International Political Economy
CPO 5934 Politics of Terror
POS 5723 Game Theory
POS 5727 Advanced Game Theory

Regional Specialization: Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Russia

CPO 5934 Conflict in Balkans
HIS 6934 Seminar: US and Cold War
EUH 5578 19th Century Russia
RUW 5930 Zizek's Politics
RUW 5930 Nationalism in Eastern Europe
RUW 5930 Critical Approaches to Nabokov
RUW 5930 Russian Culture and Civilization
ASH 5266 Central Asia since the Mongols
RUS 4XXX 4000-level Russian language course

Regional Specialization: Middle East

INR 5936 Political Econ of Middle East
HIS 6934 Seminar: Minorities in the Middle East
HIS 6934 Islamic Law and Society
REL 5305 Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Law
REL 5365 Islam in N. America
RLG 6596 Islamic law and society
FRE 5900 Islam and Identity
CPO 5407 Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East
ARA 4XXX 4000-level Arabic language course

Regional Specialization: East Asia, specifically China

ASN 5935 Modern China
INR 5936 Communist China
INR 5936 History of Asia
HIS 5935 US &East Asia 1850 to present
REL 5332 Modern Hinduism
REG 5354 Chinese Religion
CHI 4XXX 4000-level Chinese language course

NOTE: Other Regional Specializations may be permitted with program director approval.

Each admitted student will develop a course of study covering all requirements. This course of study will be approved by the certificate program director or associate director prior to the student beginning coursework. Any changes to the course of study must be approved by the certificate program director or associate director.

Undergraduate Certificate in USIS

12 Credit Hours

This program includes skills and knowledge appropriate for practicing analysts and those within the community as well as all those interested in intelligence training.  Successful completion of the courses applied to the USIS Certificate is defined as a grade of C or higher. Students who receive grades lower than a C in any courses must repeat that course if they wish to have it apply to the certificate.

Required Courses

PAD 4842 U.S. Intelligence Policy
PAD 4841 U.S. Intelligence Analysis and Communication

To complete the USIS certificate, students must choose 2 elective courses from within one of the elective groups below. Students may not mix and match electives from separate groups.

Elective Group: General

PAD 4843 U.S. Intelligence Community
PAD 4890 Homeland Security Policy and Practice
PAD 4XXX Global Security and Fusion
PAD 4374 Introduction to Terrorism
PAD 4375 Advanced Topics in Terrorism
PAD 4XXX International Conflict and Terrorism
PAD 4084 International Terror Policy
PAD 4XXX Terrorism and Security in Africa
PHI 2100 Reasoning and Critical Thinking
IFS 3130 Making the Argument: Symbolic Logic and the Forms of Good Reasoning
INR 4102 American Foreign Policy
INR 4334 American Defense Policy
SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations
SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality
CPO 4057 Political Violence

Elective Group: Regional Specialization: Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Russia

ECS 4333 Transition of Soviet and Eastern European Economies
GEA 4554 Russia and Southern Eurasia
RUT 3504 Modern Russian Life
CPO 3615 Post-Soviet Politics
RUS 4XXX 4000-level Russian language course

Elective Group: Regional Specialization: Middle East

ECS 4504 Economics of the Middle East
GEA 4635 Geography of the Middle East
CPO 3403 Comparative Government and Politics: The Middle East
INR 4274 Studies in International Politics: The Middle East
REL 3363 The Islamic Tradition
REL 3367 Islamic Traditions II: Islam up to the Modern World
ARA 4XXX 4000-level Arabic language course

Elective Group: Regional Specialization: East Asia, specifically China

ECS 3200 Economics of Asia
CPO 3520 Emerging Democracies in Northeast Asia: Korea, Taiwan, Japan
CPO 3541 Politics of China
REL 2350 Religions of East Asia
CHI 4XXX 4000-level Chinese language course

*Other Regional Specializations may be permitted with program director approval.

Each admitted student will develop a course of study covering all requirements. This course of study will be approved by the certificate program director or associate director prior to the student beginning coursework. Any changes to the course of study must be approved by the certificate program director or associate director.

USIS Certificate with Honors

Completing an undergraduate certificate with honors is open to all students including honors and non-honors students. For more information on the Certificate with Honors program, please visit the Division of Undergraduate Studies website.