This 18-credit, 6-course certificate is designed to provide an introduction to the area of homeland security. These credits can also be applied to the the Master of Administrative Science degree program.

Choose six courses from the following:

  • MADS 6617 Emergency Management and Safety Administration [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6636 Global Preparedness for Catastrophic Emergencies [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6648 Disaster Recovery and Organizational Continuity [National Guard Bureau Approved Online Course]
  • MADS 6697 Current Issues in Cyber Forensics
  • MADS 6698 Current Issues in Terrorism and Security
  • MADS 6705 Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues
  • MADS 6715 ST: 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.

  • 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.

  • MADS6697 This analytic course will cover the use of computers and modern digital technologies in forensics investigations. Students will analyze contemporary cases in forensics and cyber forensics where digital devices played a significant role. The impact of context (corporate/homeland security/criminal) on digital investigations will be reviewed. The course will survey the new technologies that are used in capturing, safeguarding, and analyzing electronic and physical evidence evidences. The impact of loT devices and other modern digital technologies on the forensics process will be thoroughly examined. Relevant legal concepts like court admissibility of evidence and issues of privacy and surveillance will be discussed to define the legal requirements of a forensics investigation in corporate, homeland security, and criminal forensics investigations. Guidelines on establishing and licensing forensics lab will be introduced.

  • 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.

  • 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.