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Certificate Programs
Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a 15-credit-hour program of study. The certificate 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 course work in homeland security and emergency management, possibly using the certificate courses as part of a doctoral or master's 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.

Admission Eligibility

The student must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply.


An online application and information may be obtained from the Web site, www.spea.iupui.edu. Students should apply to the SPEA admissions office on the IUPUI campus. Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.

Program Restrictions
  1. Students enrolled in a certificate program must complete 15 credit hours of approved SPEA course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the certificate program.
  2. Transfer credit, course substitutions, or course waivers are not accepted for meeting certificate requirements.
  3. Students admitted to SPEA's MSCJPS graduate degree program are not eligible for admission to the HSEM certificate program or eligible for the awarding of the certificate.
  4. Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to a SPEA graduate degree program.
  5. Students enrolled in the certificate program who apply to SPEA’s graduate programs must meet all existing admission requirements. If a student has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the completion of the certificate, the student can request a waiver of the GRE requirement in applying to the MPA or the MSCJPS.
Certificate Requirements (15 credit hours)
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
  • SPEA-J 524 Emergency Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 528 Risk Analysis for Public Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 531 National and Homeland Security in America (3 cr.)
Electives (6 credit hours)

Two additional SPEA graduate courses that cannot include independent research studies, readings, or internship classes.

  • SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 682 Planning and Management for Crimina Justice and Public Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 581 Public Safety Law (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 654 Public Program Management and Contracting (3 cr.)