The bachelor's degree in homeland security at University of Maryland Global Campus is uniquely designed to provide you with an understanding of the homeland security sector. The curriculum covers international and domestic terrorism, emerging technologies, cyber threats, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness and response, private-sector partnerships, global pandemics, natural disasters, strategic planning, policies, intelligence operations, and international engagement. In this program, you'll develop the necessary critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, risk analysis, and communication skills to meet the professional demands of leadership and management in the homeland security profession.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Homeland Security Bachelor’s Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Distinguish policies and procedures in the homeland security sector that demonstrate leadership and management
  • Apply professional and ethical decision-making skills to increase knowledge of strategic and operational homeland security goals and interface with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assess the critical technologies essential for the protection and recovery of critical infrastructure and for ensuring the nation's cybersecurity against all hostile threats
  • Assess terrorist threats, cyber and insider threats, critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, and emerging asymmetric threats to U.S. national security
  • Evaluate the roles and relationships of homeland security partners and stakeholders supporting homeland security operations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify a homeland security issue
  • Analyze how the issue should be addressed
  • Present possible solutions, including implementation steps and recommendations

Homeland Security Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 310
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408
  • HMLS 414
  • HMLS 416
  • PSAD 410
  • PSAD 414
  • PSAD 416
  • HMLS 304
  • HMLS 495

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • IFSM 300

Vertical Pathway

Through a vertical pathway, students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for a master’s degree in Management with a Homeland Security Management specialization or Information Technology with a Homeland Security Management specialization.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management work in security risk assessments, operational recovery, and strategy development to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Public Safety Student Association encourages discussions on careers, current events, and topics within the public safety field. Previous activities have included webinars on related topics and careers.