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Business Essentials for the Security Executive

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Business Essentials for the Security Executive is a concentrated program that bridges an education and skills gap for security officers who are required to manage personnel, budgets, and operations, but who may lack a business background. This certificate helps prepare you for management and leadership roles within public safety organizations including police, fire, and emergency management, as well as within security divisions for corporations, government contractors, or federal agencies. This online certificate is useful for graduate students in the security fields who want to expand their business management skills without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Synthesize information from multiple disciplines in order to solve business problems.
  • Evaluate various economic indicators and how they depict the state of the economy.
  • Justify the use of financial accounting information in making informed and ethical business decisions.
  • Identify the types of data and appropriate methods that are specific to managerial decision making.
  • Examine differences between leaders/managers and analyze perspectives that shape roles and align norms to maintain a healthy organization.
  • Analyze the responsibilities of leaders through lenses of ethical and moral decision making, use of authority, power, and individual leadership style.
  • Analyze the role of cross-cultural management.

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
 
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.