The public safety executive leadership certificate is designed to meet the demand for leadership education at the Federal, state, and local government levels, as well as throughout the private sector. This certificate program is tailored toward the needs of current and future professionals and officials in a variety of public safety fields, including planning, legal affairs, public policy, research and technology, leadership, and contemporary public safety practice.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Public Safety Executive Leadership Undergraduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Implement contemporary public safety practices

  • Conduct strategic and operational inter-agency planning in public safety emergencies

  • Understand legal and public policy issues faced by public safety administrators

  • Incorporate technological innovation in public safety administration

  • Develop leadership skills and techniques for understanding media

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Produce risk assessment, risk management, and hazard identification plans

  • Create a public safety budget, including resource allocation, that relates to an identified strategic plan

  • Construct an executive brief arguing the merits of a significant change in a public safety policy

  • Identify and evaluate contemporary technologies appropriate to specific public safety emergencies

  • Analyze an individual public safety leadership inventory and develop a leadership development plan that addresses strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats

Public Safety Executive Leadership Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 18

  • PSAD 304

  • PSAD 306

  • PSAD 408

  • PSAD 410

  • PSAD 414

  • PSAD 416

Overall Certificate Requirements

Review the overall undergraduate certificate requirements on the certificates overview webpage.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help current and future public safety professionals develop essential job-ready leadership skills they can apply across public safety industries.

Additional Information

The certificate consists of five courses (15 credits) that can be applied toward UMGC bachelor's degree programs in public safety administration and homeland security.