Oct 26, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Homeland Security Certificate

Certificates in Public Administration

Graduate Academic Certificate Programs In Public Administration

  1. Role of Academic Certificate Programs in Public Administration at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
    The Public Administration Program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi offers academic certificate programs for graduate credit. The graduate academic certificates enhance existing bachelor’s or master’s degrees in ways that will make Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi a life-long center of graduate education for the citizens of Texas, the nation, and the world.

    The Public Administration graduate credit certificate programs are an option for individuals who do not need a master’s degree, or who wish to combine a specialization in public administration with master’s degree they have already earned or will earn. Students may want to earn certificates in public administration in order to enhance their careers with government and/or non-profit organizations.
  1. Application Process
    Students applying for graduate certificate programs in public administration must submit the following:
    • A Texas Uniform Application for Graduate School for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
    • Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts
    • Two letters of evaluation attesting to the applicant’s potential for success in this program of study.
    • A two page statement explaining the student’s reasons for applying
  1. Admission Standards
    Students applying to Certificate programs have the same admissions requirements as for those applying for admission to the MPA Degree. This includes those that have been accepted into another regionally accredited graduate studies program or have received a graduate degree. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduate students outside the MPA program may apply for admission into the certificate program if they have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and if they submit the following:
    • Current graduate transcripts
    • Application for Admission Form for Certificate Program
    • Brief essay outlining reason for seeking admission into the program
  1. General Prerequisites for the Graduate Certificate
    1. Writing Competency: Students must demonstrate a minimum writing ability suitable to graduate work early in their course work toward the graduate certificate in. Students must have completed ENGL 3301, Technical and Professional Writing, or ENGL 5376 , Professional Writing, or equivalent course before being admitted into the program. Writing competency will be assessed by the student essay submitted during the application process and by a review of the student transcripts. Students judged deficient in writing skills can meet this requirement through successful (“B” or better) completion of an approved composition course. This basic writing requirement is in addition to the 15 hour program of graduate courses leading to the certificate.
    2. Political Science Competency: Students must have a basic understanding of U.S. government and politics. Thus, students must have completed POLS 2305, U.S. Government and Politics or its equivalent in the past five years before being admitted into this program.

      At the discretion of the Program Coordinator, applicants lacking the basic proficiencies described above may be required to complete up to 9 semester hours of upper-level undergraduate credit before being admitted to the program.

After earning the Certificate, if students wish to continue taking credit hours they must change their status to seeking an MPA degree so they can continue registering in graduate public administration courses.

Current Certificate Program offered by the MPA program is “Homeland Security.”

Homeland Security Certificate

The Homeland Security Certificate is designed to educate students using an all-hazards emergency management model and is meant to prepare future public administration professionals to cope with all natural, accidental and man made hazards. Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies for a broad range of natural hazards, technological hazards, and terrorism.
  • Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
  • Analyze terrorist groups’ proclivities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation-state, our state and our region.
  • Develop policies, procedures, and protocols to allow seamless agency integration from prevention to incident response and recovery scenarios.
  • Recognize the multidisciplinary nature of homeland security functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.

Students who elect to obtain the Homeland Security Certificate will take the following core classes (6 sem. hrs)