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Foundations of Homeland Security

Undergraduate Certificate

Only transportation security officers with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may enroll in this program. The Foundations of Homeland Security undergraduate certificate is designed to provide broad knowledge of homeland security threats and to enrich knowledge previously gained in the university’s Airport Transportation Security undergraduate learning track. Topics include homeland security, emergency and disaster management, and intelligence analysis, with a focus on threats you may encounter during the course of your career as a TSA employee.

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students working for the TSA who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

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:

  • List the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism.
  • Describe how the intelligence cycle relates to threats facing the United States.
  • Explain modern transportation and border security challenges.
  • Describe emergency operations center operations.
  • Compare the psychological and behavioral aspects of terrorism.
  • Explain the history of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons development and use.

Admission Requirements

  • Only transportation security officers with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are eligible for this program.
  • Contact an APU admissions representative at  855-731-9201 or to enroll in this program.
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$270 through 12/31/2019
$250 with military grant*

$285 effective 1/1/2020
$250 with military grant**

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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 $250 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

Undergraduate Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.