March 2, 2011 | | Leave a comment Texas A and M's George Bush School of Government and Public Service recently announced that it will offer a homeland security certification program, according to the school's website. Officials said that students do not meet in a classroom. Instead, because of their diversified locations across the U.S., formal studies will be conducted online. Students will have face-to-face conversations with professors and peers through web-based discussion boards. The program "enables our students to gain an understanding of the importance of national security in the context of the main challenges facing us around the world and at home," said Ryan Crocker, dean of the school, quoted on the website. The certification consists of a 15 credit-hour, graduate-level curriculum. Enrollees must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the course of their studies. Officials noted that the certificate program combines a broad understanding of homeland security issues and strategies at the national level with key problems that affect state and local government bodies as well as private business.