The University of Miami's College of Arts & Sciences offers a joint MD/Certificate in Security Management through the Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) degree program's partnership with the Miller School of Medicine.

The MD/Certificate in Security Management is designed to prepare students to meet the various multidimensional security challenges that have faced our planet in the last two decades: from the aftermath of 9/11 to the most recent crisis of COVID-19.  For future physicians, understanding the sociocultural and geopolitical threats posed by violent human actions, natural disasters, and pandemics, is essential.  Transformational leadership in times of acute crisis demands a unique array of insights and skills.

The MD/Certificate in Security Management program is grounded in an academic, theoretical, understanding of security problems and emergency management strategies. It also emphasizes the development of the practitioner’s arts within the strategic, tactical and operational realms of international security administration.  

*The certificate program is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment for further assistance.

Admission Requirements

Students must first be accepted to the University of Miami's MD Program.  First year MD students should then apply separately to the Certificate in Security Management through this process:

  • Completed application for admission submitted through CollegeNet
  • Statement of purpose
  • A current resume
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (may be duplicates from the student's MD application)
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required as proof of English proficiency for international  applicants who did not receive a degree in the United States or a foreign country where English is the primary language. The following minimum score is required for admission to a graduate business degree program.
    • TOEFL - 94 or above (iBT only)
    • IELTS - 7.0 or above

Upon receipt of the student's application, an admissions interview will be scheduled with the MAIA director or another designee from the MAIA program.


Please contact the College of Arts & Sciences' Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies at (305) 284-8783 or by email at maiaadmissions@miami.edu

MD/Certificate in Security Management Curriculum Requirements

MD Requirements136
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Certificate in Security Management12
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Total Credit Hours148

MD/Certificate in Security Management Sample Plan of Study

Certificate in Security Management Plan of Study

MAIA courses are integrated into the NextGenMD curriculum to allow for MD students to complete both programs simultaneously.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SpringCredit Hours
IGS 647 Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance 3
 Credit Hours3
Summer I
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 644 Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability 3
 Credit Hours3
Summer II
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 645 Human Security: Prevention Mitigation 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Two
IGS 646 Civil Security Preparedness and Management 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours12