Corporate Security Management (CSM) - Certificate

The field of corporate security demands superior management skills, as well as the academic and experiential credibility that earns the respect of employees, peers, and supervisors. Become more marketable as a manager of security personnel in a corporate setting through this unique 5-course certificate program approved by NYS State.

  • Gain an advanced understanding of some of the most complex challenges found in the corporate security environment.
  • Learn from coursework designed in consultation with top corporate security executives from some of the largest companies in Rochester, NY.
  • Master core competencies aligned with industry standards set by security professionals and organizations, such as ASIS International.

Three Program Options

Earn a NYS Approved Certificate in less than 6 months

Add a credential that will help you move up.

Take 1 or all 5 courses for Professional Development

Reduced tuition rate available when taking courses as non-credit.

Complete a specialized bachelor's degree in as few as 21 months

The CSM certificate can be combined with Organizational Management (OM) as a concentration.


5 Courses (not available online)

Business Continuity | BUS 240

This five week course will examine and provide an understanding of the ten Professional Practices in Business Continuity Management. The course will review each Professional Practice. With each Professional Practice the student will establish the body of knowledge necessary to build organizational resiliency. Participants will study organizational threats, the risk of those threats and how to mitigate risk. Topics will include building Business Continuation Plans, Risk Analysis, Business Impact Analysis and Tabletop Exercises. Strategies will be introduced that allow an entity to continue mission critical operations in the event of a crisis. The concept of crisis management and crisis communication will be also be covered.

Professional Investigations | CRJ 215

This course will examine the fundamentals of security investigations. The course will compare public and private sector investigation processes and emphasize types of crimes, policies, and procedures more likely to be found in the private sector. A portion of the course will be dedicated to exploring investigative management competencies as well as the common types of security investigations such as fraud, internal and external theft, domestic disputes, contraband in the workplace, and unauthorized access and trespassing. Topics are likely to include qualities of the investigator, discovering covert crimes, interview techniques, evidence, and written statements.

Dynamics of Targeted Violence | SOC 309

This course will examine recent efforts to integrate explanations of intended violence across several disciplines. The course will explore facets of psychology and sociology that can help explain why certain individuals ascend the pathway to violence and others reject violence as a justifiable resolution to perceived grievances. Topics are likely to include psychosocial dimensions of terrorism, interpersonal targeted homicide, honor-based homicide, and workplace and school mass killings. Participants will be exposed to the history and fundamental concepts and principles of threat assessment investigations as developed by leading threat assessment practitioners and scholars in law enforcement and forensic psychology. Key concepts of warning behaviors, personality traits, and psychosocial factors consistent with past mass shooters and other perpetrators of intended violence will be covered in depth. Fact and evidence gathering strategies will be offered as tools to enhance preventative threat assessment investigations relating to threats of intended violence.

Ethnic & Social Diversity | SOC 205

This foundation course is designed to provide students with knowledge of human diversity and social and economic justice in our nation and the world. Its goal is to help produce a culturally sensitive professional by increasing one’s cultural awareness, promoting one’s knowledge acquisition, and assisting in one’s skill development. A goal is for students to complete this course with a better understanding of themselves and of the diverse groups that will be examined.

Ethical Practices in Criminal Justice | CRJ 401

This course will focus on the importance of ethics as it relates to practitioners within the criminal justice system. The problems of unethical and deviant behavior among the police and other criminal justice professionals will be explored in the context of case studies. An emphasis on Christian ethics and philosophy to counteract current unhealthy trends and to insulate future criminal justice practitioners from acting in an unethical manner will be fostered throughout this course.

NOTE: All courses are 5-weeks long and are taken 1-night a week. Courses are not available online at this time.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students will be admitted to the Certificate program if they have 30 transferable college credits, including a writing course. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis by the Director of this program and the Pathway Program Director. In making these decisions, consideration will be given to previous work experience as well as to persons underrepresented in this field.

Tuition and Fees

  • Certificate Tuition (for credit): $1,236 per course ($412 per credit hour)
    • Includes processing fees, parking and other administrative fees
  • Professional Development (non-credit) Tuition: $450 per course

Upcoming Start Dates

The Corporate Security Management courses are offered in the spring and summer semesters only. See Pathway schedule for datesNOTE: classes for this concentration are NOT available online. If you are interested in applying to the Organizational Management (OM) program and taking CSM as a concentration, see the upcoming OM start dates here.

To learn more about the CSM concentration for Organizational Management, register for our next information session or webinar. (Choose the Organizational Management option).

To register for classes, contact:

Karen Snook, Pathway Program Coordinator
Office Phone: 585-594-6905