USC Price School of Public Policy

Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy


The USC Price graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy attunes students to the expanding opportunities for application of evidence-based research and analysis to public safety efforts.  The program is designed for individuals interested or working in the field, who want to refine their risk and security analysis skills. This program may be taken in-person or online.

The Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy requires 15-16 units of graduate course work, depending on selected courses.

Required Core Course (4 units)
PPD 683 — Homeland Security and Public Policy (4)

Choose three of the following (11-12 units)
PPD 501ab — Economics for Policy, Planning, and Development (4)
PPD 557 — Modeling and Operations Research (4) or
ISE 530 — Introduction to Operations Research (3) or
ISE 562 — Value and Decision Theory (3)
PPD/ISE 587 — Risk Analysis (4)

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Current USC Graduate Students — Applicants for the Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at USC (and are in good standing with a 3.0 GPA ) need only to submit the appropriate paperwork for adding the certificate program, which may be obtained from the student services advisor in RGL 102.

Prospective Applicants — Applicants who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admissions website:

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended sent directly to our office:

    Office of Recruitment and Admissions
    650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
    Los Angeles, CA 90089

  2. Resume (upload via online application)
  3. Letter of Recommendation (uploaded via online application)

July 1 – Fall Semester
November 1 – Spring Semester
April 1 – Summer Semester

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at for more information.