What is a Homeland Security & Emergency Management Graduate Certificate?

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

This homeland security emergency management certificate will provide students the opportunity to gain knowledge related to leadership skills in emergency organizations, create plans for areas impacted by large-scale disasters, and build professional ethics into emergency management practice. Coursework for this graduate certificate includes leadership and organizations, emergency planning, economics and human issues, and law and legal issues related to emergency management.

Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management & Homeland Security From GCU

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is committed to providing a quality education based on the pillars of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurism. With an emergency management certificate from GCU you will learn to support people and organizations amid crises. This includes risk management and disaster response. With a homeland security cert, you will be able to put your desire for helping others to action with a meaningful career.

During the emergency management certificate program, you will learn to create plans for areas impacted by disasters. This includes considering resource management, exploring public sector roles in contingency planning, and considering the economic and political issues in disasters. By the end of the program, you will possess the skills necessary to effectively coach and mentor others within their organization and articulate vision that serves the greater good of all stakeholders.

Why Choose GCU for Your Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management & Homeland Security?

In GCU’s emergency management certificate, you will learn how to enact your knowledge in a career in the field. Students will gain knowledge through four classes:

  • Leadership and Organizations
  • Emergency Planning and Management
  • Economics and Human Issues
  • Law and Legal Issues
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In these classes, you will gain foundational knowledge for a career in emergency management. Some of the skills you will learn include:

  • Determining the public sector's roles in contingency planning and response
  • Evaluating the nature of natural and technological risk and emergency
  • Knowing what issues to expect in a disaster and how to plan accordingly
  • Developing a resource management plan
  • Identifying the federal, state and local legislation related to emergency management in various types of disasters and how that applies

In addition, GCU offers intentional integration of a Christian worldview perspective in its degree programs. Incorporation of Christian principles within the emergency management certificate provides a greater opportunity to be a force of good in today’s world. For example, students are challenged to address how they would handle an information technology ethical dilemma from a Christian worldview perspective.

How Do I Start a Career in Emergency Management?

The best way to start a career in emergency management is by earning an emergency management degree or certification. A good way to start an emergency management career is at a smaller scale such as a local director. To move up within the industry, a master’s in emergency management may provide additional opportunities. Graduates of this emergency management certificate only need to obtain five more classes (18 credits) to earn the master’s degree.

Total Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
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The University will accept one course of the total certificate requirements in transfer.
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Course List

16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach students the planning and management processes and the issues involved in large-scale emergencies. The nature of natural and technological risk and emergency are explored via case studies. Public sector roles in contingency planning and response are also discussed and assessed.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the strategic, political, economic, and human issues encountered in the management of disasters or major traumatic public events. This knowledge gives the emergency manager a realistic view of the issues to expect in a disaster, how to plan accordingly, and how to manage resources and people more effectively in emergency situations.

Course Description

This course analyzes the federal, state, and local legislation related to emergency management in various types of disasters. Guaranteed rights under the U.S. Constitution and the legal and ethical application of measures within the parameters of these rights in emergency situations are also discussed.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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