Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Cybersecurity

Prepare Defend Respond Recover

The UNLV Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Cybersecurity is designed to prepare decision makers to address the growing challenges of managing effective cybersecurity practices and mitigating threats within private and public organizations.

The program is the first of its kind to offer an interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity including legal ramifications, technologies, risk assessment, response, and implementation in an organization. The overarching goal of the certificate program is to provide cybersecurity leaders with the skills to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical individuals at all levels of an organization.

The knowledge and skills gained in this program are intended to be applied to interdisciplinary business practices with high regulatory frameworks. Students will learn to develop business continuity and recovery strategies that identify mission essential functions, time critical tasks, and legal ramifications to address both attacks and natural disasters.

Learn Online and in Las Vegas

We know you're busy. That's why our fully online classes can be taken whenever and wherever you are. The Emergency Management Cybersecurity program combines the flexibility of online courses with a one-week capstone session in Las Vegas. The capstone experience brings together faculty, students, and industry in Las Vegas and includes attending a conference such as Black Hat or DefCon.

Important Dates & Deadlines


Application deadline: July 15


Application deadline: December 1

About Our Students

Students enrolling in this program are professionals in middle management to senior leadership positions as well as those who aspire to those roles. You will need to hold at least a bachelor's degree (in any field) and wish to be able to communicate, understand, and consider cyber vulnerabilities across, up and down within the context of a business, government or nonprofit.

About Our Instructors

The Emergency Management Cybersecurity graduate certificate program draws upon expertise of an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Lee Business School, and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

Our instructors and experts include:

Donette Gordon, PhD
Instructor, School of Public Policy and Leadership, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Gregory D. Moody, PhD
Lee Professor of Information Systems, Management and Information Systems, Lee Business School

Janet Merrill, ESQ
Instructor, School of Public Policy and Leadership, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

About the Program

Online Classes
Onsite Session


Students complete this professional certificate program in one year. The program is comprised of four 3-credit courses offered consecutively over two semesters for a total of 12 credits plus a one-week onsite session in Las Vegas.

SEC 700: Introduction to Cybersecurity
ECEM 702: Cyber Law - Digital Intellectual Property & Privacy
ECEM 710: Crisis & Emergency Management
ECEM 735: Concept Implementation & Cyber Lab

See the 2017-2018 admission & degree requirements for the most up-to-date information about the program curriculum.

Career Information

National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) has determined that one of the biggest skill gaps of today's cybersecurity professionals is the ability to understand the business they are charged with protecting.

Additional occupations related to cybersecurity include: Incident Responder, Security Analyst, Chief Information Security Officer, Penetration Tester, Security Auditor, Security Administrator, Security Director, Security Manager, and Vulnerability Assessor.

Tuition and Fees

The cost for students beginning the program in fall 2017 is $10,000. This covers tuition, university fees and the industry conference fee, not including meals and travel costs.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for purchasing their text books. They are also responsible for coordinating and paying for individual travel expenses, including hotel, transportation, and meals.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Request for withdrawal from the Cybersecurity Certificate program must be written and submitted one week prior to the start of a forthcoming module. The tuition refund will only reflect the amount paid for the forthcoming module for which the request was made. All refunds will be consistent with university policy.

Financial Assistance

Payment Plan

For your convenience a payment plan is available. If you would like to pay your tuition and fees in monthly installments, use the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan now available in MyUNLV self service. The payment option is available for a small non-refundable fee of $45 per semester. For more information please visit UNLV Cashiering and Student Accounts.