Certificate in Homeland Security

Program Director

Dr. Christopher M. Bellas
1420 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-2167



The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security provides Criminal Justice Graduate Students at YSU the opportunity to gain a more in depth understanding of how to prepare and respond to disasters at the local, regional, national or international level. Students will also gain knowledge concerning the politics, policies and theoretical basis regarding Homeland Security issues.

Admission Requirements

Students must formally be admitted to the Graduate School at YSU, and in the Masters in Criminal Justice program ( face to face or online) before the student can begin the coursework necessary to complete the Homeland Security Certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Students desiring to pursue the Certificate in Homeland Security must complete 12 hours from the following.

PHLT 5810Agents of Mass Casualty3
PHLT 5812Crisis Management in Public Health3
CRJS 5840Critical Incidents and Homeland Security3
CRJS 5841Terrorism and Countersurveillance3
CRJS 6957Readings in Criminal Justice1-4
CRJS 6960Program Planning and Evaluation3
CRJS 6985Grant Writing3
CRJS 6990Criminal Justice Public Policy Seminar3

The Certificate in Homeland Security requires 12 semester hours from above.  Applicants for this graduate certificate must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at YSU. Not more than 9 semester hours in the thesis option or 12 semester hours in the non-thesis option of a student's total course work for the M.S. degree may be taken from course offerings below the 6900 level. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluation: Students will demonstrate knowledge on how to evaluate programs, policies, theories, and research related to the issues involving Homeland Security.
  2. Administration: Students will demonstrate knowledge on how to use key CJ concepts to administrate programs that deal with Homeland Security both domestic and international.
  3. Research: Students will demonstrate knowledge on how to perform their own research related to investigating, preparing and responding to Homeland Security situations.