2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: CRT
Department: School of Public Administration
Program Websites: https://ccie.ucf.edu/public-administration/emergency-management/certificate/

Program Description

This graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security provides intensive interdisciplinary graduate education for working professionals engaged in or seeking professional careers in emergency management and homeland security.

The curriculum focuses on managing security threats and crises, natural and man-made treats, disasters, or emergencies through the coordination of public, private and nonprofit sectors. In addition to covering the National Planning Frameworks and recent trends in policy and practice in this field, the program will focus on the Florida emergency management and public safety systems. Courses are held in the evenings and taught by experienced faculty members and professionals.


The certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security consists of 18 credit hours at the graduate level, including four required core courses and two electives (one from a planning emphasis and one from management/policy). The EMHS graduate certificate program is a face-to-face program; some courses are offered on-line, however, students admitted to the EMHS program are expected to attend each course in person face-to-face. Each face-to-face course is offered one night a week for three hours, on the main campus. 

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 12 Credit Hours

Students must achieve a grade of “B-” (80%) or better in every course. Grades ‘C’ or lower cannot be used to fulfill certificate requirements. Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All students must take the following courses.

Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours

Restricted: 6 Credit Hours

  • Select one course from Group 1
  • Select one course from Group 2
Group 1—Planning Emphasis

Group 2—Management and Policy Emphasis

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All applicants to this certificate program will be required to submit:

  • One official transcript meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5, in a sealed envelope, from each college/university attended.
  • Current professional résumé including experience in the field (paid or voluntary).
  • Goal Statement: The goal statement is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant’s ability to express himself or herself in writing.  The goal statement must be no longer than two pages double-spaced (500-800 words) and should address the following:
    • Personal background and career aspirations in emergency management.
    • Reason for pursuing graduate study in emergency management, including your future career goals and plans.
    • Specific areas of emergency management that interests you.

These documents must be attached to the application. All applications must be submitted by the established deadline date. Applications received after the established deadline may not be considered. Students are expected to be computer literate and have computer internet access upon entry to the program. Admission to this program is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission to this program.

Application Deadlines

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link below is the best that is available to us. This information represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to current and prospective students, as you make your career and educational choices.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Claire Knox PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Emergency Management Programs
Telephone: 407-823-0153

Nasrin Lakhani, MNM
Director, Graduate Advising and Student Support
Telephone: 407-823-0912

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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