Although the state of Arizona doesn't have any schools that offer degree programs in homeland security, students can find a variety of programs that include courses in the field. These programs can be found at 2-year colleges and 4-year universities that feature 18-credit certificate and 60-credit associate's degree options as well as bachelor's and master's programs. Various tracks may be included, and students might also complete internships.
Below are short overviews of four of the Arizona schools that offer courses in homeland security, as well as a comparison table showing tuition info and programs available. The program choices include:
- Homeland Security
- Cyber Intelligence and Security
- Administration of Justice Studies
- International Security Studies
Chandler - Gilbert Community College
This school is located in Chandler and offers a certificate in homeland security and an associate degree program in administration of justice with courses in homeland security. The 18-credit certificate program can be completed in eight months and prepares students to handle terrorism incidents and create emergency plans. Students in the associate degree program can focus their coursework on homeland security while still gaining a broad understanding of the justice system. Courses that may be of interest to homeland security students include international/domestic terrorism, emergency response to terrorism and crisis management.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott
This private school in Prescott offers a bachelor's degree program in cyber intelligence and security. In addition to learning about terrorism and intelligence, students also get to focus on homeland security, cyber security and transportation security issues. Students have the option to choose a standard track or Chinese track; the second option includes a study-abroad experience in China. The school allows students to choose electives from four concentration areas. Course options may include homeland security and technology, international security and globalization, information protection, emergency management/planning and global crime. Students have access to a forensic science laboratory, GSIS Eagle Operations Center and computer security/forensics laboratory.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona opened in 1881 in the city of Tucson. This school offers a Master of Arts in International Security Studies program that may include courses like intelligence and U.S. national security, gender in international security, terrorism and security, emerging global powers and terrorist networks. This 36-credit program is offered completely online. The school also has a graduate certificate program in international security studies, and all courses completed in the certificate program can count towards the master's degree if a student wishes to continue his or her education.
Located in Prescott, this school offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice degree program that requires 60 credit hours. Students can expect to study race and ethnic relations, criminal law, forensic science, criminology and constitutional law. The school offers a variety of courses intended for homeland security students; options include global crime, terrorism, global security, public safety and homeland security.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Homeland Security Program Options||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Chandler - Gilbert Community College||2-year; public; large suburb|| Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security,
Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice Studies
|$2,070 in-state (undergraduate); $7,854 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott||4-year; private, not-for-profit; rural fringe||Bachelor of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security||$35,654 (undergraduate)*|
|University of Arizona||4-year; public; large city|| Certificate in International Security Studies,
Master of Arts in International Security Studies
|$13,044 in-state (graduate); $33,393 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Yavapai College||2-year; public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice||$2,360 in-state (undergraduate); $8,998 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.