Homeland Security

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security


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120 Credit Hours

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Make a Positive Impact in Your Community and Protect Your Country

EKU’s 100% online homeland security degree focuses on the three pillars of homeland security: disaster management, intelligence studies, and security operations. The program prepares students with the critical skills needed to begin or advance a fulfilling career in homeland security.

Career Outlook

Protective service occupations are expected to grow 2 percent from 2021 to 2031, which will result in about 72,600 new jobs.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Common Job Titles for Homeland Security Graduates

Homeland security offers a diverse a range of employment opportunities.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Business Continuity Specialist
  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Criminal Investigator/Detective
  • Critical Infrastructure Analyst


Where Have EKU Homeland Security Graduates Worked?

Graduates of EKU’s online homeland security program have a competitive edge in the job market and are prepared to work in a number of private and public sectors.
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Employers Include:

  • Marathon Petroleum-Marine Transportation
  • Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Miami County Emergency Management Agency
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

EKU Online Career Services

Career planning is tough, but with EKU you don’t have to tackle the process alone.

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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*Special rate for active duty military and their spouses.


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Minors & Certificates
Dual Degree Option
Benefits of EKU Online

EKU provides a comprehensive degree program that leads to a solid understanding of homeland security management and disaster preparedness. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as emergency management, physical security, critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis, homeland security technology, and disaster preparedness and response.

Program benefits include:

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • No application fee
  • No campus visits required
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Study anytime, from anywhere
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees
Minors & Certificates

Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors can vary based on your career goals, so talking with your advisor is recommended.  Some online options for homeland security include:

  • Disaster Management
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested certificates for those interested in homeland security include:

  • Security Management
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Social Intelligence

View the full list of certificates available for completion as you earn your degree

Earn Your Bachelor’s & Master’s in as few as 5 Years

The 3+2 BS in Homeland Security program offers an accelerated pathway to complete the MS in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management degree through 3+2 enrollment!


  • Enroll in up to nine hours of graduate courses that will apply to both your undergraduate and graduate degree
  • Pay undergraduate tuition rates for the graduate coursework
  • Gain advanced knowledge in the desired subject area


EKU’s online homeland security curriculum prepares students for a variety of rewarding career options at the local, state and national level. Course topics include emergency management, physical security, critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis, homeland security technology, and disaster preparedness and response.

Degree Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate.

View the homeland security program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of credit from accredited institutions. Please note that a minimum of 30 credit hours in this degree program must be completed at Eastern Kentucky University.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

HLS 301 – Critical Infrastructure Protection (3)
Identification, prioritization, and protection of critical infrastructure including information technology, telecommunications, chemical, transportation, energy, water, medical, emergency services, postal and shipping. Impact on personal safety and economic performance.

HLS 391 – Risk Analysis (3)
History and process of risk analysis and management (VRA) as it relates to the protection of critical assets and infrastructure. Instruction in common techniques used in both the public and private sectors.

HLS 441 – Homeland Security Technology (3)
Broad overview of homeland security technology. Technology as a tool to support homeland security regardless of functional specialty. Contribution of technology to deterrence, preemption, prevention, protection, and response.

HLS 465 – Unconventional Threats and Responses (3)
The course addresses concepts, theories, laws and authorities, principles, programs, and requirements associated with unconventional threats to our nation that most likely would result in mass casualties, and pose large-scale responses and cascading threats.


Chris Adkins

Chris Adkins

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Chris Adkins for information about the EKU Online Homeland Security Degree program.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

Aunjane Rodgers

I have two boys who are 11 and 13, so I couldn’t live on campus. I work full-time. I’m a single mom. I’m 33 years old. A traditional college degree wouldn’t make sense for someone like me, but online definitely did.

AunJane' RodgersEKU Online Homeland Security Graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

Heath Bergmann
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “The EKU faculty were great and were able to answer all my questions.” – EKU Online Homeland Security student Dane Haukedahl
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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