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Terrorism and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

If you want to pivot in your career or advance in the law enforcement field, the Terrorism and Homeland Security graduate certificate at the University of Central Missouri can help you get there.

This graduate certificate enhances your resume by providing vital knowledge about terrorist groups and their operations, international relations and critical incident management. Stand out to current and future employers who want candidates skilled in managing this important global issue.

At UCM, learn from faculty who lead the field in research and bring decades of real-world experience to the classroom. Understand how to approach issues of homeland security and terrorism from professionals who have applied the skills they teach.

A flexible graduate program certificate that fits your lifestyle

Earn your graduate certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security anytime, anywhere — at a speed that works for you. You don’t have to put your life on hold to get powerful credentials.
Take classes fully online, in person at our Warrensburg campus near Kansas City or via a hybrid format that combines both. You can also use these graduate courses as a first step toward a master’s by applying the credits to an MS degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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Scott Chenault, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Humphreys, Room 300
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4951

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies

School of Public Services

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What you will study

In the University of Central Missouri’s Terrorism and Homeland Security graduate certificate program, you’ll acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about terrorism and people who commit acts of terror. 

In as little as one year, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the various aspects of homeland security, including preparedness, security strategies, reducing the impact of an attack and recovering from a terrorism event. You’ll also gain a better grasp of the agencies in charge of homeland security, as well as their responsibilities.

In addition to building skills on how to practice homeland security, you can study criminological theories about terrorism, especially within the context of different countries around the world. Further, you’ll examine criminal justice policy and how it’s developed based on responses to terrorist acts from the public and legislatures.

Complete this graduate certificate’s program requirements through the following courses:

  • Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminal Justice Philosophy and Policy
  • Homeland Security
  • Terrorism


Excellence in Terrorism and Homeland Security

  • #1: Best Value College for Homeland Security in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #2: Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Online Homeland Security Schools (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5%: Most Popular Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in the Plains States Region (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College for Non-Traditional Students in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in the Terrorism and Homeland Security graduate certificate program

Get educational experiences outside the classroom to enhance your course material in the Terrorism and Homeland Security graduate certificate program at the University of Central Missouri.

  • Graduate research: Take a deeper dive into the subject matter by partnering with a faculty member on a research project. Build a better understanding of how to perform research in the field, and get the chance to co-author a peer-reviewed publication.
  • Faculty mentorships: Build your educational goals, discuss a career plan and get help finding a job with faculty guidance. Your faculty mentor may also be able to write you a letter of recommendation that speaks to your skills and qualities when you apply for a new career opportunity.


What can you do with a graduate certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security from UCM?

Use the skills learned in the University of Central Missouri’s Terrorism and Homeland Security graduate certificate program to stand out in the job market for entry-level positions in the law enforcement field. If you already bring experience with a law enforcement agency, this graduate certificate gives you the credentials to set yourself apart from your coworkers for career advancement opportunities.

If you’re looking to change positions, UCM’s graduate certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security prepares you for a career in a large metropolitan law enforcement agency, emergency management or one of the following organizations:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Capitol Police
  • U.S. Secret Service

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Financial assistance options for your Terrorism and Homeland Security graduate certificate

Adding a graduate certificate to your professional resume is within financial reach at the University of Central Missouri. We offer a range of university scholarships, grants and other financial aid options to make sure that money isn’t a reason you can’t go to college. In fact, our extensive funding assistance remains the reason LendEDU ranks UCM as a top university for low student debt.

Students in a graduate program may have access to additional scholarships. Check the program page for your graduate program to find certain scholarships reserved for students in your program. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the UCM graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the university level and completed a Bachelor’s degree.    

A maximum of three units of transfer credit may be applied toward requirements in the Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security.  Courses taken toward the graduate certificate program may be applied to a UCM Master of Science degree.


Use the Program of Study to see required courses and course descriptions and the Calendar of Course Offerings to see when classes are offered.



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