The WAU Difference


  • QUICK COMPLETION - six month duration rather than a year compared to other area schools.
  • UNMATCHED EXPERTISE – the Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s long-standing expertise in healthcare and disaster response uniquely positions WAU as the premier institution to study mass casualties and community health as well as the integration of public safety and service.
  • FLEXIBILITY - courses offered on an eight week schedule with flexible start times for any workforce in government or business.
  • CONVENIENCE – courses operate on a weekly schedule with flexible requirements to complete assignments and participate in class discussions.
  • SMOOTH CREDIT TRANSFER – WAU certificate credits are transferrable to our degree programs as well as to other schools.
  • CLASSROOM INTERACTIVITY - students participate in simulations exercises, case studies, and “real-world” problem solving with community leaders.
  • EXPERIENCED FACULTY - taught and guided by industry insiders who combine relevant theory with real-world experience.


Cyber Security Certificate


cybersecurityCyber attacks have grown in frequency and sophistication in recent years. Threats to computer systems and networks that could disrupt critical services in hospitals, businesses, and government agencies are also increasing in the marketplace. The demand to protect systems and networks from attacks is constantly growing which creates numerous job possibilities and career advancement options for individuals with education and training in cyber security.

The WAU Cyber Security Certificate prepares students to meet the high demand for specialists to combat cyber attacks and protect computer systems. It is designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and ethical framework needed to prepare response systems to a wide range of cyber threats and vulnerabilities for businesses, organizations, and government agencies. The WAU curriculum also provides a systematic approach for professionals concerned with the development and operation of secure systems and the protection of an organization’s assets. It builds a foundation for the development of critical thinking skills that are transferable to analyzing and responding to new cyber security threats. The WAU program allows working professionals to add a focus in cyber security to their careers or improve their skill sets.


The curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Assess the implications of cyber attacks to government, businesses, and organizations.
  • Develop strategies to respond to cyber security threats in government, businesses, and organizations.
  • Use an ethical framework to secure systems in the workplace.
  • Describe regulations to secure systems and collect evidence of criminal activities.
  • Integrate cyber security concepts and skills to the problem-solving of evolving threats.

Cyber Security Certificate Curriculum18 hours
HMCS 200 Cyber Security: Threats & Preparedness 3
HMCS 201 Computer Security 3
HMCS 300 Protecting High Value Assets 3
HMCS 301 Cyber Crime and Security 3
HMCS 400 Cyber Forensics 3
HMCS 401 Cyber Ethics & Law 3

Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response Certificate


respondersThere is an increase in the severity and frequency of natural and man-made disasters on the homeland. The WAU Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response curriculum’s focus is on emergency planning and response to mass casualties with an emphasis on community health. This certificate will increase students’ understanding of the needs of their local communities during disasters and equip them with the necessary knowledge and training for moral leadership and service. The curriculum embodies the spirit of service with its integration of simulations and assessments to ensure mastery in service areas that students can provide their community, country, and humanity in preparation and response to disasters. The program will also prepare students to meet workplace demands for employees with the training and skills for leadership and administration in emergency preparedness and disaster response. It also supports the professional development of practitioners in related fields and provides academic credentials in this growing discipline.


The curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Compare and contrast the various threats to public safety, including man-made and natural disasters.
  • Lead the preparations for emergency responders’ planning for mass casualties.
  • Take leadership and management roles in disaster preparedness and response.
  • Facilitate community and organizational emergency preparedness to national standards.
  • Design an emergency preparedness and a community response plan.
  • Use an ethical framework to analyze actions regarding the execution of disaster response and recovery.

Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response Curriculum18 hours
HMER 200 Emergency Preparedness & Planning 3
HMCS 200 Cyber Security: Threats & Preparedness 3
HMER 300 Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Disasters 3
HMER 301 Public Health Issues in Disasters 3
HMER 400 Disaster Relief Center Development & Management 3
HMER 401 Emergency Management 3

Homeland Security Certificate


handshomeIncreased threats and attacks to the homeland have created an urgent need for skilled professionals to prepare, protect, and respond to natural and man-made disasters. It is the purpose of the WAU Homeland Security Certificate to provide students with an understanding of the current security and public safely threats and to consider solutions, including personal service to the community during disasters. Our focus is on helping people and communities. The integration of peace-building, conflict-resolution, ethics, and service will prepare students to be moral leaders during natural and man-made disasters. This certificate will upgrade personnel skills employed in the field and enhance professional development as well as provide students a foundation in preparation for transferring to a specialty degree.


The curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Assess the range of threats and implications to the homeland.
  • Determine critical social, economic, cultural, religious, and psychological influences on extremism that threaten the homeland.
  • Evaluate current technology, methods, and programs to prepare and respond to attacks and emerging security issues.
  • Differentiate between ethical and unethical actions regarding the execution of homeland security practices.
  • Demonstrate skills to work collaboratively to solve security problems, engage in peace-building and conflict resolution, and practice diplomacy and negotiations.

Homeland Security Certificate Curriculum18 hours
HMSC 200 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
HMER 200 Emergency Preparedness & Planning 3
HMSC 300 Terrorism: Causes and Consequences 3
HMSC 301 Intelligence System & Operations in Homeland Security 3
HMSC 400 Critical Infrastructure Protection 3
HMCS 401 Cyber Ethics & Law 3

Homeland Security Frequently Asked Questions


What is Homeland Security?
Homeland security is focused on preventing, protecting, and responding to natural and man-made disasters and attacks on the homeland.

What academic program is WAU offering?
The WAU Homeland Security Program offers the following three certificates: Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response, Cyber Security, and Homeland Security.

How does the program fit with the university’s mission?
Consistent with WAU’s mission, this program seeks to increase students’ understanding of the needs of their local communities and equip them with education, training, and skills to be moral leaders and of service in disasters. The curriculum will allow students to seize opportunities in the nation’s capital for learning and enlarge the “perceived university campus” to allow them to benefit from the university’s remarkable location.

What is unique about the WAU academic offering in emergency preparedness?
The WAU Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response Certificate will offer the faith-based community a curriculum focused on service that employs ethical and Biblical principles in disaster preparedness and response. The curriculum, with its emphasis on mass causalities and community health, builds on WAU’s related emergency responders/health care offerings in radiology, respiratory care, and nursing. Those WAU programs provide experienced faculty, related courses, and foundational knowledge that help inform this new program. The Seventh-day Adventist denomination also has a long-standing history of responding to emergencies and disasters. The certificate builds on our denomination’s disaster response expertise, knowledge, and mission as a Church. Therefore, WAU is uniquely experienced as a Seventh Day Adventist and faith-based institution to integrate security and public safety issues with an understanding for service.

What is unique about WAU academic offering in cyber security?
The Cyber Security Certificate builds and expands WAU’s long-standing academic offerings in computer science and information systems. This new certificate aligns with WAU’s mission and continues the tradition of quality academic programs.

What is unique about WAU academic offering in homeland security?
Taught from the perspective of a faith tradition, Washington Adventist University will help prepare students to meet the increasing demand for skilled professionals dedicated to protecting the U.S. Using principles for peace-building, conflict resolution, and an ethical framework to meet homeland security objectives, it will train “competent and moral leaders.”

How long is the certificate program?
It is a six month program, the fastest program in the area. Students will take two courses every eight weeks. Each class meets once a week for three hours.