Homeland Security

Undergraduate Certificate in Security Management


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Assess and Improve Security in Public and Private Settings

EKU’s online security management certificate provides students with the skills needed to assess security needs and implement, improve and ensure security for both public and private sector entities. Rapidly evolving technology and increasing domestic and foreign threats have created a wealth of opportunity for individuals with credentials in security management. The program gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market and complements a variety of backgrounds.

Career Outlook

Protective service occupations are expected to grow 2 percent from 2021 to 2031, which will result in about 72,600 new jobs.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Common Job Titles for Homeland Security Graduates

Homeland security offers a diverse a range of employment opportunities.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Business Continuity Specialist
  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Criminal Investigator/Detective
  • Critical Infrastructure Analyst


Where Have EKU Homeland Security Graduates Worked?

MPA programs provide essential skills for today’s work environment and allow you to bring your on-the-job experience into the classroom, helping you make your mark as a public servant.
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Employers Include:

  • Marathon Petroleum-Marine Transportation
  • Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Miami County Emergency Management Agency
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

EKU Online Career Services

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The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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*Special rate for active duty military and their spouses.


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Benefits of EKU Online

Rooted in best practices and evolving technology, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as physical security, critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis and emergency management.


EKU’s security management curriculum provides the skills needed to assess security threats and use evolving technology to implement needed security measures.

Certificate Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required to graduate.

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Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

HLS 210 – Cyber and Physical Security (3)
Principles of cyber and physical design and application to include assessments and subsequent identification of countermeasures as well as policy development and implementation in an effort to safeguard life and critical infrastructure.

HLS 310 – Personnel Security (3)
Examines employee and contractor integrity through background screening, security awareness, ethics programs, and audits. Analyzes special programs to protect key personnel, employees in high risk environments and workplace violence mitigation.

HLS 350 – Workplace Investigations (3)
Overview and management of criminal, civil, administrative, and internal investigative processes in the workplace, to include interviews, reports, and ethical and legal considerations related to investigations.

HLS 391 – Risk Analysis (3)
History and process of risk analysis and management (VRA) as it relates to the protection of critical assets and infrastructure. Instruction in common techniques used in both the public and private sectors.


Chris Adkins

Chris Adkins

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Chris Adkins for information about the EKU Online Homeland Security Degree program.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

Homeland Security Grad Andrew Dunbar

My dream job is to work as an intelligence analyst, and with my credentials, I’m set for that. It’s been phenomenal. EKU brought me to where I want to be, and the job outlook is great!

Andrew DunbarEKU Online Homeland Security Graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

Heath Bergmann
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