Security, Safety, and Risk Management (Certificate)

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The Master of Public Administration program at Stuart School of Business offers certificate programs specifically designed for mid-career professionals who want to enhance their expertise with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and tools.

The Certificate in Security, Safety, and Risk Management is intended for professionals who want to acquire cutting-edge security strategies and leadership techniques to successfully manage public safety or public or private sector emergency preparedness programs. Students can customize their course of study, with choices among courses addressing public safety, homeland security policy, crisis management, information systems security and cybercrime, and more.

Students in this certificate program take four semester-length courses, learning alongside degree-seeking students and benefiting from the same expert faculty and master’s degree curriculum that is attuned to leading-edge business practices and technologies.

Convenient for busy professionals, courses are scheduled in the evening and most are held at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Campus.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Security, Safety, and Risk Management is intended for professionals who want to acquire cutting-edge security strategies and leadership techniques to successfully manage public safety or public or private sector emergency preparedness programs.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Security, Safety, and Risk Management is attuned to management and administrative professionals in the public or private sectors at local, state, and federal levels who want to apply the most current and effective strategies and techniques to their areas of responsibility.

This certificate program combines rigorous instruction with a practical orientation. A minimum of four semester-length courses (12 credit hours total) are required, which the student selects from among a list of courses related to security, safety, and risk management offered through the Master of Public Administration program. Each course meets once a week for 15 weeks. Use the link below for a list of courses and descriptions. 

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  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Three to five years of related work experience
  • Depending on previous academic coursework, the applicant may need to take additional prerequisite courses that may not count toward the certificate

Stuart School of Business certificates are:

  • Targeted: Get the education you need now to propel your career forward
  • Convenient: Evening class schedule, with most courses taught at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Campus located a block west of Union Station in Chicago
  • Flexible: Take one or more courses at a time

Use certificate credit toward a master’s degree

The Master of Public Administration degree program includes the option for a Security, Safety, and Risk Management specialization.

Certificate students who later apply and are admitted to a master’s degree program at Stuart may apply all approved certificate coursework with a grade of “B” or higher to a master’s degree. A certificate is typically equivalent to one-fourth to one-third of the credit hours required for a degree. Students have the option of transferring to the master’s program in any semester.

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Roland Calia
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Joanne Howard
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Bruc Gockerman
Industry Assistant Professor of Public Administration