Degree/Certificate Programs

CREATE developed a homeland security specialization for a master’s degree program currently offered by USC: The Masters of Public Policy and a five-course university graduate certificate that fits succinctly into diverse masters’ programs at USC.

MPP Specialization: Homeland Security and Public Policy

Suggested management elective:

  • PPD 545 – Human Behavior in Public Organizations

Suggested analytic elective:

  • PPD 587 – Risk Analysis

Sample electives may include:

  • PPD 683 – Homeland Security and Public Policy
  • ISE 530 – Introduction to Operations Research (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
  • ISE 562 – Value and Decision Theory (Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy

With growing opportunities to employ research and analysis in public safety efforts, the USC Price graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy is a rigorous program for those who are interested or already working in the field. The certificate develops risk analysis skills and provides students the knowledge needed to understand the issues surrounding the increasingly important issues of homeland security and public policy.

The Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy requires 15-16 units of graduate course work, depending on selected courses.

Required Core Course (4 units)
PPD 683 — Homeland Security and Public Policy (4)

Choose three of the following (11-12 units)
PPD 503 — Economics for Public Policy (4)
PPD 557 — Modeling and Operations Research (4) or
ISE 530 — Optimization Methods for Analytics (3) or
ISE 562 — Value and Decision Theory (3)
PPD/ISE 587 — Risk Analysis (4)

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