CPAP offers a graduate certificate in homeland security policy focusing on domestic security and emergency management issues. The certificate serves either as a stand-alone credential of advanced educational achievement for non-degree students or as a supplement to a masters or doctoral degree. Taking four homeland security courses will introduce students to the complexity of the homeland security environment, from analyzing the terrorist threat, to considering questions of hazard mitigation, preparedness, and resilience, to investigating response and recovery strategies.
Taught by a mix of scholars and practitioners, the certificate addresses issues of homeland security strategy, policy design, planning, operations, managing across and among networks, and implementation.
The certificate is comprised of four courses (12 hours of graduate coursework). The core courses focus on 1) the threat (PAPA 5254), 2) prevention (PAPA 6264), and 3) response and recovery (PAPA 5354). A fourth course is selected from specified electives.
The certificate is open to non-degree students as well as degree seeking graduate students across Virginia Tech. MPA students may use the certificate as their concentration and reflect upon the certificate and homeland security issues in their portfolio or internship. Ph.D. students may use the certificate as a foundation for dissertation research in homeland security policy and management.
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- U.S. Government Employees: This program helps fulfill federal government requirements for advanced education in homeland security policy for mid-career and senior level employees.
- State and Local Officials: This program meets the high demand among state and local officials for education that de-mystifies the federal government’s homeland security policies and programs and offers insight into homeland security planning and execution at the state and local levels.
- Private Sector: Contractors and consultants who provide support for federal, state and local homeland security and emergency response programs can further their professional development and competitive advantage. Business executives who seek creative ways to improve both business efficiency and security without adding significant costs to their businesses will also benefit from the program.
- Advanced Degree Students: Students enrolled in master and doctoral programs acquire the skill sets needed to develop homeland security as an academic discipline and to make valuable contributions to the theory and practice of homeland security as a critical component of public administration and policy.
- Briefed a former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security
- Engaged guest speakers including the state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the emergency manager of Arlington County, VA
- Visited the Virginia Emergency Operations Center in Richmond, VA
- Worked in groups to use structured decision-making techniques to develop a proposal for post-Sandy recovery and mitigation projects in New York City
To obtain the certificate, fill out this form for the VT graduate school:
Interested students must submit an official copy of their college transcript or diploma documenting receipt of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an acceptable grade point average mailed to the Virginia Tech Graduate School as part of the application process.
Application deadlines for domestic students are as follows:
Fall: April 1st
Spring: November 1st
Students who complete the graduate certificate are encouraged to continue their studies on their own in a master’s program at Virginia Tech. The credits earned as part of this certificate may be applied to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree upon admission to the degree. CPAP offers the MPA Program in Blacksburg, Alexandria, and Richmond, Virginia.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Patrick S. Roberts
Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration and Policy
School of Public and International Affairs
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
To obtain the certificate, fill out the form for the VT graduate school here.
Benefit from the collective expertise of a dynamic and experienced faculty. Students will interact with scholarly professionals practiced in the craft of developing and analyzing homeland security policy for a variety of government, academic, and nonprofit organizations.