The market for homeland security jobs is growing in the public and private sectors. Earning a Certificate in Homeland Security at Great Bay can provide emergency response professionals the skills and expertise necessary to effectively plan, prepare, and respond to terrorist attack or natural disaster. Students pursuing a criminal justice degree may also take the Homeland Security Certificate to enhance their potential employment opportunities.

Why Great Bay?

The program offers a strong academic curriculum taught by faculty with extensive experience in the field of homeland security.

Career Options

  • Law Enforcement
  • Military Service
  • Emergency Management
  • Corporate Security
  • Risk Management

Related Degrees

Core Requirements

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
HMSC110G Introduction to Homeland Security 3 0 3
HMSC115G Crisis Planning, Operations, and Management 4 0 4
HMSC120G Introduction to Terrorism 3 0 3
Total Credits 10

Students must select two additional courses from the following list:

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
CRMJ121G Criminal Procedure 4 0 4
CRMJ123G Criminal Law 4 0 4
CRMJ150G Criminology 3 0 3
POLS220G Public Administration 3 0 3
IST161G Introduction to Information Assurance 2 2 3
Total Credits 6-8

Total Overall Credits : 16-18

Program Specific Requirements

Applicants should be aware that thorough background checks are completed by potential employers prior to obtaining any position with arrest or detention powers, and typically, even before being accepted for an internship. Applicants who have had involvement with the law may not be employable. Due to the possible negative impact on future employ ability applicants are strongly advised to discuss any concerns with the department chair prior to applying to the program.

To be successful in the homeland security field, one must demonstrate the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor. One must also be able to establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers and clients. Overall opportunities within homeland security will be favorable for individuals who meet psychological, physical, and personal qualifications.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the homeland security certificate at Great Bay, graduates will be able to:

  • Examine the historical and evolving concept of homeland security within the broader political and national security system of the contemporary nation-state.
  • Recognize the detailed mitigation, planning, response, and recovery phases to and from a homeland security incident.
  • Differentiate among the various homeland security threats to include those that are man-made, technological, and natural.
  • Discuss the strategic, operational, and tactical threats presented by chemical, nuclear, and biological agents to include agent characteristics and delivery systems.
  • Distinguish among and assess the various homeland security approaches, techniques, and processes, such as analytics, indications, warnings, and forecasting.
  • Explain the key administrative and command and control elements of the evolving homeland security relationships among the intelligence community, Department of Homeland Security, interagency processes and institutions; federal, state, and local intergovernmental relations; and a comprehensive U.S. homeland security strategy
  • Be able to assess the risk of threat and utilize crisis management strategies to develop a plan and minimize organization and community vulnerability


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu