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Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management

Applicants to the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management must meet the following requirements for admission. Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Application for Admission
  • A bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited college or university or successful completion of another Master's degree. Applicants who have attended institutions outside the United States must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. The Homeland Security Management Institute recognizes that many highly motivated experienced and qualified homeland security professionals may not have fulfilled all the requirements for a bachelor's degree. The program will consider special accommodations for exceptional applicants who have not completed their bachelor's degree and wish to enroll in the Advanced Certificate program. Exceptional applicants typically possess outstanding expertise and credentials, a unique level of practical experience, or a particularly exceptional skill set. The Institute's policy is to carefully monitor these students and their progress, and special requirements may be imposed to ensure their academic success.
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

NOTE: If you have been accepted to the M.S. in Homeland Security Management program, you do not need to re-apply for admission if you wish to pursue the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management.

Submitting an Application for Admission

It is recommended that an Application for Admission to the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management program be submitted at least one month prior to the start of classes. All applications and requested materials (i.e., transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement) should be submitted to the LIU Riverhead Graduate Admissions Office.

To apply for admission, please follow these steps.

1. Long Island University Online Application for Admission

Applicants must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission. The application can be obtained by clicking on the above link or selecting the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. A print version of the Application for Admission can be downloaded from our website in the Forms & Documents section. You can also request that a graduate application be mailed to you by calling 631-287-8010 or e-mailing riverhead@liu.edu.

2. Transcripts

Submit official undergraduate and/or graduate transcript with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants who will have not completed their degrees prior to admission should submit a transcript without the final semester's grades. Such applicants may be accepted pending receipt of their final degree noted transcripts. Submit one copy of official transcripts from all other institutions attended, including other graduate programs.

International students should refer to the International Admissions website for transcript requirements.

3. Letters of Recommendation

Submit two (2) professional letters of recommendation utilizing the Homeland Security Management Institute's Letter of Recommendation form. This form may be found and downloaded from the Forms and Documents section of the website. The two professional letters of recommendation should address your potential for success in the profession and your ability to complete a graduate program. Letters of recommendation should be from an academic source, preferably a professor or academic official who is familiar with your academic history and achievement. If you have been out of school for several years, recommendations may come from your employer or supervisor. The references should be given the Letter of Recommendation signed by you, along with a stamped envelope addressed to:

Office of Admissions
LIU Riverhead
Long Island University Building
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, New York 11901-3499

4. Personal Statement/Essay

You may use the essay portion of the online application to address your reasons for pursuing the program and what you expect to gain from it. Please include information about your background and professional experience in the essay. You may submit this statement as part of the Online Application for Admission, or follow at a later date as a hard copy. Contact the Office of Admissions at 631-287-8010 or riverhead@liu.edu to make arrangements if you prefer submit your personal statement/essay via email or mail.

5. International Students

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5. International students whose native language is English, or who have attended for at least two years an accredited College or University where the only medium of instruction is English, may have the English Language proficiency requirement waived. The waiver is determined on an individual basis following a review of the student's application.

Need Help With Your Admissions Application?

If you have any questions about the admissions application process or requirements, please contact the graduate program coordinator, Jeffrey Rapess at jeffrey.rapess@liu.edu or call 631-287-8279. You can also contact the main LIU Riverhead office at 631-287-8010 or via email at riverhead@liu.edu.

Arrange to submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended to:

Office of Admissions
LIU Riverhead
Long Island University Building
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, New York 11901-3499