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Careers in homeland security and emergency management are in high demand. If you want to advance your career as an emergency management professional, then Ball State’s certificate in emergency management and homeland security is the perfect option.

Earning this credential will advance your career in the fields of:

  • emergency management
  • homeland security
  • public safety
  • public health
  • emergency medical service
  • criminal justice
  • forensic science
  • nursing
  • political science
  • military science

What It’s Like to Earn a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management/Homeland Security at Ball State

Homeland security employment is available in every state, as well as in a number of countries abroad. Many of these jobs are with state, federal, or local governments, which typically offer competitive salaries and benefits. There is also a wealth of job opportunities with private companies and nonprofit organizations.

We value civic engagement and want our students to interact with both citizens and past alumni. Networking with alumni presents a unique opportunity to create connections that can lead to internships or jobs.

Our intimate class sizes mean you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention and mentoring from our distinguished faculty.

Certificate Requirements

This certificate consists of 15 credits in courses like hazmat, emergency response, arson investigation, terrorism, and more.


Total: 15


The course of study for this certificate includes 9 credits of required courses and a choice of 6 elective credits, allowing you to focus on one of three areas of specialization: general emergency management, biohazards, or national defense and homeland security.

  • EMHS 552 Science of WMDs and Technological Hazards
  • EMHS 589 WMD Awareness and Response
  • EMHS 550 Hazardous Materials Health and Safety


  • EMHS 669 Professional Practice
  • CS 547 Net Security
  • EMHS 593 Special Topics
  • GEOG 534 Atmospheric Hazard
  • GEOG 544 Adv Geog Info Systems Analysis
  • GEOL 516 Geol of Hazards & Env
  • ISOM 601 Intro Comp & Net Sec
  • POLS 545 National Defense Policy
  • POLS 694 Terrorism & Homeland Sec
  • PR 660 PR Theories and Applications

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Certificate in Emergency Management/Homeland Security?

The certificate program is designed to provide career advancements opportunities for professionals in the fields of emergency management and homeland security, public safety, public health, and emergency medical services.

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