Graduate Certificate in Critical Infrastructure Protection

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Program Description

The online Graduate Certificate in Critical Infrastructure Protection is an 18-hour program catering to working professionals currently in law enforcement, public safety, private security, and other fields related to emergency management and homeland security. The certificate provides an opportunity for students to advance professional growth and career development while maintaining their occupational responsibilities. The certificate is structured to allow students to complete the program in one calendar year, enrolling in two courses per semester.

Completion of the online Graduate Certificate also puts students halfway to receiving an MS in Homeland Security Studies. 


Applicants seeking admission to the graduate certificate program in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. All official transcripts from colleges or universities attended
  4. An acceptable undergraduate GPA (Note: A prima facie acceptable GPA is a 3.0 for the final 60 baccalaureate credits)
  5. Current Resume
  6. Evidence of three years of employment as a professional in a field involving emergency management (e.g., law enforcement, public safety, private security) criminal justice professional
  7. Applicant Questionnaire
  8. Personal Essay

Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Critical Infrastructure Management
Specified Courses
SCST 5339Foundations of Homeland Secur.3
SCST 5348Critical Infrastructure Protection3
SCST 5344Unconventional Threats3
SCST 6362Critical Infrastructure Risk Management3
SCST 6364Cybersecurity3
Any SCST OR An approved non-SCST graduate course3
Total Hours18


Subject to action by the Board of Regents, The Texas State University System and/or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.