Associate Degree

Homeland Security & Emergency Management

An affordable path to prepare for employment with a state or local emergency management agency, private security firm, law enforcement agency, corrections, or the TSA. This associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.


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Associates Degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Management

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management program educates students on terrorism studies, homeland security law and policy, emergency management, intelligence and counter-intelligence, strategic planning and risk analysis through excellence and innovation in education and research. The demand for employees with knowledge and experience in security and emergency management fields is high and only increasing. Consequently, the employment prospects for students who graduate with a degree in homeland security are very positive. Graduates of our Homeland Security degree program will be prepared to continue their education at a four-year university and eventually work in a variety of settings and capacities such as private businesses, emergency management, safety management, intelligence analysis, private security, airports, law enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Air Marshals, customs investigators, special agents, military service and border patrol.

Estimated Annual Cost: $7,785

Cost estimate based on enrollment in 45 annual quarter hours with current Tuition and Fees. Cost includes fees for textbooks and materials.


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What You Will Learn:


Students will be able to explain the various theories related to Homeland Security.

Students will be able to identify and articulate the various agencies involved in Homeland Security.

Students will be able to evaluate the role of Homeland Security within the state, federal, and local governments.

Students will be able to develop a literature review.

Program Benefits:

The field of Homeland Security is varied, incorporating jobs ranging from disaster preparedness to terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security is one of the largest Federal agencies, employing over 183,000 workers – this does not include state and local support staff nor does it include homeland security jobs in the private sector. Those students receiving an associate degree in homeland security will be prepared for employment with state and local emergency management agencies, private security firms, law enforcement agencies, corrections, and the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA). Employment requiring a minimum of a bachelor’s degree would include: cyber security professional, intelligence analyst, air marshals, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Program Costs:

One of our goals is to offer the highest quality college education at some of the most affordable tuition rates. To understand our tuition rates, please visit the Tuition and Fees Basics Page on our website. Keep in mind that total costs for the program will depend not only on tuition rates, but the amount of quarter hours students must take in order to complete the degree.  This will include courses both in the core and in the major.

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