Online Associate Degrees in Homeland Security

An online associate degree in homeland security may provide individuals with the skills and training necessary to respond to domestic incidents. In this two-year program, students may learn how to detect explosive devices, monitor security operations in an organization, and identify hazardous materials. Program coursework may include select general education requirements along with major-specific courses including emergency management, disaster management, and terrorism.

Upon completion of the program, students may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a baccalaureate degree. Associate-level graduates may gain employment in emergency management departments, airport screening, border patrol, government intelligence, and the military.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level homeland security degree programs may include select general education requirements alongside core classes. These classes may teach students how to respond to man-made and natural disasters, coordinate preparedness resources, and make decisions during a crisis. Core online homeland security classes may include the following:

  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Terrorism
  • Public Administration
  • National Incident Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Information Technology

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may seek career opportunities in airport screening, emergency management, border patrol, intelligence, and public administration. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in emergency management is projected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Transportation Security Screener
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Chemical Security Inspector
  • Explosive Detection Agent

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete an associate degree may have the opportunity to further their education by transferring to a baccalaureate program. A bachelor’s degree in homeland security may provide the student with enhanced leadership and decision-making skills.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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