The Post 9/11 world recognizes that modern leaders all play an important part in ensuring the security of their personnel, their organization and the public at large. To enhance our security skills it is important to have a greater understanding of the nature of the threat of domestic and transnational terrorism. This 18-credit, 6-course certificate provides a balance of courses employing action steps organizational managers can take to enhance their security capabilities.These credits can also be applied to the Master of Administrative Science degree program.

Choose six of the following courses:

  • MADS 6617 Emergency Management and Safety Administration [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6634 Community Threat Assessment & Risk Analysis [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6636 Global Preparedness for Catastrophic Emergencies [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6648 Disaster Recovery & Organizational Continuity [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6698 Special Topics:  Current Issues/Terrorism & Security
  • MADS 6701 Special Topics:  Intro. To Computer Network Security
  • MADS 6705 Homeland Security & Constitutional Issues
  • MADS 6715 Global Terrorism & Emergency Management

Course Descriptions

  • MADS6617 This course will provide an in-depth analysis of planning and administration for emergency management in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, the need for emergency planning, recovering losses from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies due to catastrophic events, identification and allocation of resources, incident command procedure, safety in the working environment and federal Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) and state Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSHA) regulations. Students evaluate their environment and prepare a safety plan that is presented to the class.

  • MADS6634 An analytic course that is designed for public safety officers, elected officials & business community leaders for developing collaborative approaches to counter - terrorism and other security threats. Topics include vulnerability assessments, hazard mitigation, best practices, emergency planning, physical security surveys, networking of experts and community policing. Students will conduct a vulnerability assessment survey within their organization and community and present a comprehensive response plan.

  • MADS6636 This course, taught by international experts, covers the following topics in a lecture/seminar format: Emergency Management, Hazardous risk analysis, social dimensions of disasters, disaster recovery and organizational continuity, the psychology of terrorism, counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, bio-defense mobilization, and cyber security and forensics.

  • MADS6648 This course examines the differences between accidents and disasters, the response for disasters, those "players" that will become involved in disaster response and recovery, the disaster cycle and how to maintain operations, whether civilian or military, to ensure organization contnuity. A key element in disaster recovery is the concept of isomorphism, where there is the opportunity for one organization to learn from the experiences of another organization and this course seizes the opportunity to fully capture what has been learned dealing with previous events.

  • MADS6698 This course provides an in-depth analysis of terrorism, the ideological forces and psychology behind terrorism and its worldwide network. Discussions and class assignments will focus on what government leaders can do to prepare their communities for the effects of a catastrophic event including assessing their security plan, its design and construction, agency policies, procedures, and various types of security staffing.

  • MADS6701 This course provides a detailed review of the network security field, including essential terminology, the history of the discipline, and practical techniques to manage implementation of network security solutions. After an overview of information, network, and web security, students will explore network perimeter defense technologies and methods, including access controls, firewalls, VPNs, and instruction detection systems, as well as applied cryptography in public key infrastructures, wireless security, and web commerce. Assessment of network security, professional careers in the field, and contingency planning are also covered. The course gives knowledge and ability to students for helping organizations protect critical information assets and secure their systems and networks, both by recognizing current threats and vulnerabilities, and by designing and developing the secure system of the future.

  • MADS6705 This required course provides an overview of constitutional issues, statutes, and case law that govern Homeland Security professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Social, ethical and political implications of actions intended to preserve the safety and security of the citizens are studied in relationship to the legal constraints placed on the systems. This course will utilize case studies.

  • MADS6715 Terrorism and its impact on governmental, social, legal and financial organizations is the basis of this course. Various measures to stem the growth of terrorism and to prevent it through intelligence, legislation and international collaboratives will be fully explored.