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Homeland Security


Homeland security programs teach people security policy and how to protect the US territory, assets, and infrastructure from external threats.

Homeland security programs include topics such as:


In homeland security programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several career and technical schools as well as several community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in homeland security. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Several colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in homeland security. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete. Some schools offer this program as a concentration in a criminal justice program.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in homeland security. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Most programs require you to pass a background criminal check. In addition, you usually have to be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in a relevant field such as criminal justice or sociology.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Cascadia College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Highline College

Northeastern University - Seattle

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Brandman University - Bremerton

Brandman University - Whidbey Island

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Tacoma Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

West Side Area

Olympic College (Shelton Campus)

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College