Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Homeland Security

An online bachelor’s degree in homeland security program may provide students with the skills and training to help protect the country’s land, property and citizens. Students enrolled in these four-year programs may study domestic and international terrorism, intelligence approaches to national security, and multi-jurisdictional coordination. Coursework within an online baccalaureate-level program in homeland security may combine general education requirements along with electives and major-specific courses, such as public safety research, criminal investigation, and emergency management.

Graduates may either pursue entry-level employment or further their education and enroll in graduate-level programs in homeland security. Bachelor’s degree graduates may find career opportunities working for federal, state, and local governmental agencies.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 21% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online baccalaureate-level program in homeland security may combine several general education requirements alongside major-specific courses and electives. In these four-year programs, students may learn how to manage public security pertaining to federal resources. Core online homeland security courses may include the following:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Emergency Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Corrections
  • Justice, Crime, and Ethics
  • Public Safety Research
  • Criminal Law

Career Options

Graduates of online bachelor’s-level programs in homeland security may seek career opportunities in federal, state, and local security or enforcement agencies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those seeking a career as a private detective and investigator are expected to increase by 21% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Immigration Officer
  • Security Specialist

Continuing Education

Graduates of online bachelor’s degree programs in homeland security may continue their education and enroll in a master’s-level program in homeland security. These upper-level programs may include courses on public health preparedness, geospatial intelligence, and agricultural biosecurity.

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

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