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Homeland Security
Certificate Program

Learn skills to help protect the nation
More than ever, there is a demand for occupations that address safety and security concerns in all aspects of society.


Cost per course: $740.00

The Berkeley College Homeland Security Certificate program will introduce you to a world where emergency preparedness and response skills are essential to business continuity and national security. The program is ideal for:

  • Students considering Justice Studies or National Security majors, who are also interested in entering into emergency operations
  • Working individuals seeking professional development to acquire an external certification

You’ll benefit from Berkeley’s proven track record of excellence in the criminal justice and national security fields, as well as Berkeley’s accomplished faculty, many of whom have extensive relevant professional experience.

The 12-credit program consists of four courses of three credits each. The courses in the Homeland Security Certificate Program can be taken Online or at any New Jersey campus where the courses are offered.

Credits may be applied toward a B.S. in Justice Studies or National Security. The program can be completed in two semesters.

Adults with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll for this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Semester 1

  • NTS2215 Introduction to Emergency Management (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • JUS3302 Homeland Security (15-week | 3 Credits)

Semester 2

  • JUS3314 Introduction to Intelligence (15-week | 3 Credits)
  • JUS3315 Terrorism (15-week | 3 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Presents the basic principles of effective emergency management as they have developed over the past six decades, including the rapid evolution of the field in this century.

Introduces the emerging issues of Homeland Security and potential terrorist threats. Course topics include the history of terrorism, the National Security Act, the events of September 11th, and overall public safety challenges.

Considers the intelligence function within the context of the Patriot Act. Topics include the use of informants, issues in police interrogation practices, Miranda warnings, electronic eavesdropping and surveillance, and the civil rights implications of electronic evidence.

Examines the history and causes of terrorism. This course concentrates on the structure and function of major terrorist groups and the response of democratic governments in combating terrorism. Includes an investigation of terrorist activities, legal viewpoints, and media responsibility.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education Certificate programs are not eligible for Berkeley College grants and scholarships or free career assistance upon completion of the courses.