Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This certificate is designed for students who wish to work, or currently work, in the field of emergency management and homeland security. The program applies an interdisciplinary approach to education, emphasizing high-level skills of critical thinking, learning, adaptation and policy analysis.

Application​ deadlines

Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Students completing the Graduate Emergency Management and Homeland Security Certificate will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage a broad range of hazards and disasters and to understand the policy environment in which emergency management occurs.

Students interested in obtaining a concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security within a Master of Public Administration or Master of Criminal Justice program must apply and enroll in one of these programs within the School of Public Affairs and must adhere to all master degree program requirements.

Program requirements

  • The Graduate Emergency Management and Homeland Security Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

View course descriptions.



Required courses

Students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 credit hours:

  • CRJU/PUAD 5650: Public Service in Emergency Management & Homeland Security (3 credit hours)

In addition, students must complete at least one course from the list below:

  • CRJU/PUAD 5655: Principles of Emergency Management (3 credit hours)
  • CRJU/PUAD 5720: Public Policies for Hazards & Disasters (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

Additionally, students must complete two elective courses for a total of 6 credits. View the program completion plan for a list of approved electives. Other electives may be taken with approval from the concentration director. The elective courses may be drawn from the student's particular area of interest, such as policy and management, spatial analysis and quantitative assessment, or public safety.

  • CRJU 5510: Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5130: Collaboration Across Sectors (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5271: Managing Conflict & Change (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5320: Public Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5350: Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5440: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5631: Seminar in Environmental Politics & Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5632: Seminar in Environmental Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 6620 - Crisis & Emergency Communication (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6645 - Disaster/Climate Change Planning (3 credit hours)

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Max Transfer Credits:0

Max Credits Per Year:In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean.

Required Credits for Completion:12 Credits

Admission Requirements

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