Security Organizational Leadership

Online Security Organizational Leadership Graduate NanoCert®

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About This Program

The University’s Security Management NanoCert® programs provide a broad understanding of major security threats affecting government, public, and private leaders and organizations, as well as security related entities. 
This program offers government, military, and private security professionals and leaders an opportunity to advance their knowledge of measures to minimize threats and associated risks thereby ensuring safety and security, regardless of the security environment. 

This graduate NanoCert may be of interest to those who wish to pursue a future graduate degree. The courses in this NanoCert are designed to bring you closer to completion of the following degree: MA in Security Management.
NOTE: Completion of this program does not award any professional certifications but can be applied toward graduate coursework ultimately leading to a master’s degree. 

What You Will Do

  1. Compare and contrast the functions of a manager and a leader
  2. Evaluate a solution that requires use of cross-functional collaboration or crisis leadership
  3. Synthesize an ability to use proven methods, concepts, and theories to develop unique solutions to problems associated with rapidly changing social, economic, and technological situations
  4. Examine new paradigms of the art of management and the security director/Chief Security Officer (CSO)

Program at a Glance

Number of Credits
Cost Per Credit
$455 | $290*
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Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 2597

This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the security industry. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as sexual harassment, professionalism, and industry standards are discussed.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/25/24 - 08/30/24 09/02/24 - 10/27/24 Summer 2024 Session D 8 Week session
06/24/24 - 11/29/24 12/02/24 - 01/26/25 Fall 2024 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 4586

This course will provide an overview of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) graduate certificate program while focusing on the knowledge and skills required to function at the senior corporate level of management. Students will develop an understanding of how to communicate security’s value to the C-Suite. Students will learn how to identify, build and use metrics to measure success or risk. Students will develop an understanding of the need for cross-functional collaboration and leadership.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/24 - 10/04/24 10/07/24 - 12/01/24 Fall 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 2603

The course provides the graduate-level security professional with the tools necessary to effectively plan for, implement, monitor, and administer a security organization in a modern, global, and technologically advanced security program. Upon completion of the course, the student demonstrates expertise in administrating a security program from the following aspects: fiscal, human resource management, change management, global talent management, and resource management perspectives. Students will also assess the concepts of return on investments (ROI) including cost-benefit aspects of asset protection and liaison with other management officials in the organization.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/25/24 - 08/30/24 09/02/24 - 10/27/24 Summer 2024 Session D 8 Week session
06/24/24 - 11/29/24 12/02/24 - 01/26/25 Fall 2024 Session D 8 Week session

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Jul 1
Register by Jun 28

Admission Requirements

  • All APU master's degree/graduate certificate programs require a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA®).
  • Please read all graduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application for this program. View steps to apply.

CHEA® is a registered trademark of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $85 per course 

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*Cost Per Credit Hour

The Preferred Military Rate is $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate and $290 per credit hour for master's-level courses. This rate is available to all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, including parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.
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