USC Price School of Public Policy

Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy

This graduate certificate program provides students with a foundation in homeland security and public policy. It is designed to provide expertise to individuals working the field with an interest in refining their risk and security analysis skills as well as others with interest in the field. The certificate develops risk analysis skills and provides students the knowledge needed to understand the issues surrounding the increasingly important issues of homeland security and public policy. This program may be taken in-person or online.

The certificate in homeland security and public policy consists of 15-16 units of graduate course work depending on the course selected.

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

Choose three of the following (11-12 units)
Students will select three courses from the following list which will total either 11 or 12 units depending on the selection.

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 only need 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 for the Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy who have not matriculated at USC must make a formal application at the USC Graduate Admissions website: http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. official transcripts from ALL institutions attended directly to our office listed below:

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

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

Deadlines:
Spring 2014 – November 1, 2013
Summer 2014 – April 1, 2014
Fall 2014 deadline – July 1, 2014

Please contact the USC Price Office of Admissions at uscprice@usc.edu for more information.