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Homeland Security

Significant attention focused on security, protection, and corporate response has emerged not only because of 9/11 and terrorists' activities, but also as a result of the severity of natural disasters in and around major population centers.

This certificate offers an opportunity to study core knowledge and skills that are essential to leaders in today’s world of corporate risk, security, protection, and operational response.

The Profession

Homeland security and corporate risk management professionals typically lead security, protection, and recovery identification and planning; resource management pre-disaster risk mitigation; post-disaster recovery, and “best practices” for protecting people, especially employees and assets.

Prepare for Your Career through Penn State Beaver

The Penn State Corporate Risk Mitigation & Response certificate prepares candidates for management and supervisory positions within this high-growth industry.

This certificate provides the core knowledge and skills essential to leaders in today’s world of corporate risk planning, security, protection, and operational response.

Penn State's world-class faculty is comprised of active industry or government professionals with up-to-date experience and knowledge, and the course work provides opportunities for hands-on experiences.

Penn State courses are designed to accommodate working adults. Classes are held in the evening at the Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Woods, Cranberry, PA.

Corporate Risk Mitigation & Response Certificate

This six-course professional certificate provides a comprehensive curriculum covering the core aspects of homeland security and corporate risk management theory and practice. Four required courses and two elective courses must be completed within a two-year period for a total of 18 credits. Candidates completing the requirements are awarded a certificate that bears the seal of Penn State University.

The curriculum is intended for:

  • Corporate leaders, managers, and human resource professionals.
  • Operations and process professionals dealing with finance, project management, communications, and facilities management.
  • Military personnel transitioning into civilian careers.
  • Current college students or recent college graduates seeking to distinguish their resume.

The Certificate Curriculum


  • SRA 211 - Threat of Terrorism and Crime
  • CRIMJ 200 - Introduction to Security and Loss Control
  • CRIMJ 304 - Security Administration
  • RM 301 - Risk and Decision

Electives - Corporate Track - 6 credits

  • SCM 310 - Introduction to Operations Management
  • RM 405 - Corporate Risk Management

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Monaca, PA 15061

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