A homeland security certificate is an undergraduate or graduate program that graduates may use for pursuing or advancing careers in the homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement and other related fields, notes Penn State World Campus. The certificate program features courses that teach about homeland security policies, how to plan for emergencies and how to handle catastrophes on a domestic or global scale.
A homeland security certificate can also be used as a stepping stone to a degree program in a related field, suggests Texas A&M University. In addition, the certificate may exist as an add-on to a degree. Since students' career interests vary, school sometimes offer some flexibility in the courses taken in the certificate. For example, those interested in policy management may be able to take courses emphasizing the topic.