The online undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security provides you with skills and credentials that will prepare you to enter career fields specializing in Homeland Security.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

This program covers topics such as Domestic and International Terrorism, Cyber Terrorism and advance crime courses.

With a Homeland Security degree or certificate, you will be well-equipped for career opportunities established as a result of the events of September 11th, 2001 and the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. Along with public law enforcement, many private companies have created new and highly effective security systems or expanded existing ones.

This program will be affiliated with the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice and will also be available to non-CRJ majors. The certificate will enhance the bachelor's program by incorporating an additional credential to ASU Online students. It will also supplement non-CRJ majors as it provides students with additional Criminology courses not required for their primary degree.

Twenty-one credit hours are required for the certificate, including five required courses and two electives chosen from a selection of pre-approved courses. This certificate requires a grade of “C” or better for all upper division courses.

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Graduates with an ASU Online homeland security undergraduate certificate have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Written statement of career and educational goals
  4. Proof of English proficiency

Students not admitted to a graduate degree-granting program at ASU (nondegree-seeking students) must also submit two letters of recommendation and a current resume.

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Students from related fields, such as public policy, political science, psychology, sociology, as well as other social science degrees, might be interested in this program; however, all eligible students will be considered. Although most students would most likely come from the aforementioned degree fields, there is no specific undergraduate degree major required for admission; the school will accept applicants with undergraduate degrees from all educational backgrounds.

There are no required admission examinations for this program.

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