Colorado students who want to pursue studies in the homeland security field have the choice of undergraduate and graduate certificates as well as associate's and master's degree programs in the state. Individuals who want to secure employment in the field and those who already are employed in homeland defense can benefit from these programs. Topics covered include emergency management, interagency relations, terrorism, and infrastructure protection. Online classes may be offered by some schools.
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Colorado State University offers a Certificate in Homeland Security Studies through the political science program at its campus in Pueblo. This certificate program is open to students enrolled in a degree program as well as students who aren't interested in a degree, but who want to learn about homeland security. It is a 9-credit program that gives students an introduction to homeland security and provides instruction on critical incident management and terrorism. An 18-credit minor in homeland security is also available at this school.
Community College of Aurora
Located in Aurora, the Community College of Aurora offers a certificate in homeland security: tactical operations. Students in the certificate program must earn 16 credits in 6 courses to receive the certificate.
Pikes Peak Community College
Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs offers an associate's degree program that provides students with a background in homeland security and emergency management. The core curriculum in the degree program covers subjects like chemical and biological defense, critical infrastructure protection, exercise design, interagency operations, emergency management principles, emergency planning, mitigation and general education courses.
Regis University in Denver offers an undergraduate certificate program that provides students with the knowledge to work in the field of homeland security. Students complete 5 courses and earn 15 semester hours. The coursework covers homeland security, vulnerability and security, criminal justice, terrorism and homeland security legal and ethical issues. Students can choose to take this program either onsite or online.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
The University of Colorado offers undergraduate and graduate certificate programs at its Colorado Springs campus that prepare students for employment in the homeland security and defense field. Students must complete 3 courses to receive the Homeland Security Undergraduate Certificate: public administration and homeland security, first responder organizations and understanding terrorism. Four classes are required to receive the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership Graduate Certificate. The curriculum covers interagency relationships in homeland defense and security, infrastructure protection and understanding the threat in addition to homeland defense.
University of Colorado Denver
The University of Colorado in Denver provides a graduate certificate program in EMHS. Additionally, the Master of Public Administration and Master of Criminal Justice programs at this school offer students several concentration options, including one in EMHS. Students who want to earn the EMHS certificate are required to complete 15 credit hours in the EMHS program concentration courses. Students who choose the EMHS concentration in one of the master's degree programs must also complete 15 credit hours of EMHS coursework. The required courses include hazard mitigation and vulnerability assessment, disaster and emergency management policies and hazards management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Program Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Colorado State University - Pueblo||4-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in Homeland Security Studies||$10,408 in-state; $26,329 out-of-state*|
|Community College of Aurora||2-year, public; large city||Certificate in Homeland Security: Tactical Operations||$3,826 in-state; $14,914 out-of-state*|
|Pikes Peak Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Homeland Security/Emergency Management Associate of Applied Science Degree||$3,840 in-state; $14,928 out-of-state*|
|Regis University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Homeland Security Undergraduate Certificate||$36,810*|
|University of Colorado Colorado Springs||4-year, public; large city|| Homeland Security Undergraduate Certificate,
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership Graduate Certificate
|$8,523 (undergraduate) in-state; $20,067 (undergraduate) out-of-state; $13,206 (graduate) in-state; $25,022 (graduate) out-of state*|
|University of Colorado Denver||4-year, public; large city||Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security,
Master of Public Administration with EMHS Concentration,
Master of Criminal Justice with EMHS Concentration
|$8,017 (graduate) in-state; $23,821 (graduate) out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator