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Certificate in Homeland Security Online Advanced Counterterrorism Graduate Courses

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Advance in Homeland Security

  • $637 per credit for 12 credits
  • Complete in as little as 6 months
  • Start your path toward an advanced career in homeland security
  • Upskill for the job you want
  • 24/7 access to your coursework
  • Learn from experienced professionals

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Program Overview

The Advanced Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate online at Southern New Hampshire University introduces you to the key challenges, strategies, principles and theories used to help keep the U.S. safe from terrorism, natural disasters and other threats.

Taught by experienced professionals who are up to date on the latest technology, trends and tactics in the industry, our courses provide a broad foundation to help you enter the field or further your studies. The homeland security graduate certificate examines techniques such as intelligence analysis, threat management, advanced surveillance and anti-terrorism.

Upon completion of this certificate, you'll have the knowledge base and skill set to help you compete for jobs in emergency management, infrastructure protection, border patrol, law enforcement, intelligence analysis and other related professions.

Career Outlook

With the ever-looming threat of terrorist attacks and natural disasters, a certificate in homeland security helps prepare you to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals dedicated to protecting the U.S. citizenry.

Whether you already have experience in homeland security or you want to develop a new skill set, earning your homeland security certificate online can help you carve your spot in the counterterrorism and defense realm. After completing this program, you might look into roles like:

  • Customs and border patrol officer. Identify and stop threats to national security at the nation's border. Your work will focus on terrorism detection while also preventing drug smuggling, enforcing immigration laws and ensuring trade compliance.
  • Emergency management specialist. Coordinate relief for disasters ranging from hurricanes and forest fires to terrorist attacks. You'll be in charge of assessing resources and ensuring individuals and communities impacted by disasters receive immediate assistance.
  • Law enforcement information systems specialist. Detect and identify threats at the border using technology. Analyzing live surveillance video and other intelligence, you’ll provide actionable intelligence to border patrol agents in real time. Create reports to support ongoing investigations.
  • Mission support specialist. Assess intelligence using sources and documentation to verify its credibility. Using extreme attention to detail and an analytical mindset, you'll be in charge of explaining errors or inconsistencies.

Note: Candidates for law enforcement positions may need to meet additional training and eligibility requirements.

Duties within homeland security will differ depending on your job. This means your earnings are dependent on factors such as your role, seniority and experience. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that emergency management directors earned a median annual wage of $79,180 in 2022, while police and detectives earned $69,160.1

Overall, government employment is known for its stability, great benefits and opportunity for career advancement. But it's also worth noting that the counterterrorism knowledge you gain from this program can help prepare you for work in the private sector. Industries with sensitive properties – like aerospace, chemicals, cybersecurity and transportation – could use your expertise.

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Advanced Counterterrorism Certificate

Courses & Curriculum

The certificate in homeland security online coursework gives you a broad sense of the on-the-job challenges faced by counterterrorism and homeland security professionals. Throughout your courses, you'll learn about emergency management planning, threat assessments, constitutional rights and civil liberties, and the role elected officials play in shaping public policy dealing with counterterrorism.

Each class in this 4-course certificate will help you master fast and thorough analysis, decision making and action steps that can have life-saving consequences:

  • Global Terrorism. Explore the influence geopolitics and terrorist attacks have on our everyday lives. In this course, you'll examine historical events while learning about existing misconceptions surrounding terrorism. Finally, you'll learn how to appropriately address global terrorism.
  • Terrorist Techniques and Counterterrorism. Dissect common biases and mindsets involving terrorism. Learn how to deter acts of terrorism by employing counterterrorism techniques used today in the U.S. and abroad. You'll gain an extensive understanding of extremist thought and the motivations behind terrorism.
  • Threat Assessment. Learn how to determine the validity and seriousness of terrorist threats. After assessing the context of various situations, you'll explore and identify appropriate responses. Understand how to better verify intel in order to properly deter a terrorist act.
  • Intelligence Collection and Analysis. Analyze data using practices homeland security professionals employ every day. Learn various methods for examining intelligence as well as how to communicate your findings to an array of audiences. You'll gain a good understanding of what techniques should be used to produce the intel you need in order to address terrorism.

Whether you have your bachelor's degree and want to try advanced-level coursework or you already have a master's degree and want to supplement your education, the certificate in homeland security is a great option for building expertise in the field of counterterrorism.

Tuition & Fees

At SNHU, we’re committed to making education more accessible, by making it more affordable.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more. U.S. service members, both full and part time, as well as the spouses of those on active duty are also eligible for a 25% tuition discount.

This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking alternatives to federal financial aid can explore tuition assistance, grants and scholarships, as well as private loans. To learn more about private loans, visit our Funding Your Education with Student Loans page.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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