Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Co-Chair: Dr. Shaoming Cheng, MPA Director
Co-Chair: Dr. N. Emel Ganapati

The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is designed to provide critical analytic skills to “first-responders” and those in related fields. The certificate will help professionals navigate a complex intergovernmental policy framework with an eye to best practice allocation of scarce local and regional resources devoted to preventing or mitigating the potential impacts of natural and manmade perils. Coursework will focus on the roles and responsibilities of public, nonprofit, and private organizations in the context of South Florida’s vulnerable operating environment. The content of this certificate is aligned with FIU’s urban mission of providing engaged learning in its service are as well as the Departmental mission of our accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program which primary student body is in the local government sector.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have an upper division GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered if they submit a GRE, LSAT or GMAT Score. Students must be admitted to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to start taking classes.

Note: Those students who apply for and are admitted to the Master of Public Administration degree program may have certificate courses credited toward the MPA degree provided each course has a grade of “B” or higher and the student is admitted to the master’s degree program prior to the completion of no more than 12 Graduate Certificate credits.

How to Apply

In order for you to be officially considered for admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application online:
  2. Submit an application fee. A $30.00, non-refundable, application fee payable by check, money order, or credit card is required;
  3. Submit official transcript/s. Transcripts of all degree granting institutions must be sent directly from each college or university either electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Admissions Office (Note: If your undergraduate degree was from FIU you don’t need to do this because your student records are accessible by computer from the Department);
  4. Submit resume to the Graduate Admissions Office

Use the Graduate Certificate Application to keep track of the courses you complete. When you have completed all certificate courses, turn in this form to the Department of Public Administration. You will receive your Certificate by mail after completion of the MPA program.

General Requirements

Students must complete their program of study within three years from the date of admission and earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. All course grades must be "C" or better.

Curriculum (18 credits)

Required Courses: (9 credits)

URP 5426 Emergency Management and Planning 3
PAD 6399 Homeland Security Management for State and Local Government 3
PAD 6379 Homeland Security Risk Assessment 3

Elective Courses: (9 credits)

PAD 6315 Intro Urban Planning and Growth Management 3
PAD 5443 The Public Administrator and Media Relations 3
PAD 5043 Government and Minority Group Relations 3
PAD 6605 Administrative Law 3
PAD 6710 IT and E-government 3
PAD 6717 GIS Applications for Urban Management 3
CPO 6771 Politics of Disaster 3
DSC 6020 Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
EVR 5122 Natural Disasters and Social Vulnerability 3
GIS 5935 Topics in Geographic Information Systems 3
INR 5066 Global and Human Security 3
INR 6067 Human Security 3
MAN 6706 Crisis Management (MA) 3
PHC 6251 Disaster and Emergency Epidemiology 3
PHC 6374 Environmental Disasters and Human Health 3
SYG 6932 Special Topics in Disaster Studies 3
PAD 5934* Contemporary Issues in Public Administration 3
PAD 6946 Internship 3

Students may take up to two electives outside the Department. These electives must be selected from a list of approved electives or must be approved by Certificate Co-Chairs.

*Depending on the topic of the course and pending MPA Program approval, PAD 5934 (Contemporary Issues) may be counted as a certificate elective

Tuition and Fees

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Contact Us

Shaoming Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration &
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus,
11200 S.W. 8th Street, PCA 350A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-0432
Fax: 305-348-5848