Homeland Security Degree in Houston, TX with Course Overviews

The Houston, Texas, area has six schools that offer homeland security programs. Learn about the courses, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 50 miles of downtown and make an informed education decision.

Houston-Area Schools with Homeland Security Courses

Students interested in a career in homeland security can frequently find related courses offered through criminal justice programs. This article looks at three Houston-area schools that provide homeland security courses through a variety of programs. Two of the schools are very close to downtown Houston, and the other is about 55 minutes away. This article also includes a table of information for prospective students, such as school size, tuition and the graduation rate.

  • The University of Houston - Downtown is in Houston's central business district, just a mile from the city center. It provides several bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice with homeland security courses, including an online completion program.
  • Just two miles from downtown is Texas Southern University. It offers a Master of Science in Administration of Justice degree as well as an online Emergency Management and Homeland Security Certificate program.
  • About 48 miles from downtown Houston is Prairie View A&M University, which offers a homeland security/emergency management certificate.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are deciding what college to attend need access to a great deal of information about the schools they are considering. This table presents some important statistics about each institution.

University of Houston - Downtown Texas Southern University Prairie View A&M University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 13,919* 10,237* 9,219*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Distant town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $6,470 in-state; $16,430 out-of-state* $9,173 in-state; $21,623 out-of-state* $9,959 in-state; $23,488 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 91%* 94%* 95%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 84%* 67%* 79%*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017) 72%* 57%* 71%*
Graduation Rate (for students beginning in 2011) 21%* 23%* 35%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Houston - Downtown

At the University of Houston - Downtown, topics in homeland security are covered by courses offered through the undergraduate and graduate criminal justice degree programs.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice is a transfer program for students with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in criminal justice. All B.A.A.S. students take a curriculum that includes criminology, the ethics of social control, and a senior seminar in criminal justice. Students who take classes in domestic terrorism and international criminal justice study topics related to homeland security.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice is open to non-transfer students. Core courses cover crime and society, the police, corrections and court systems, and research methods in criminal justice. Homeland security topics are covered in elective classes such as security and the law, security management, domestic terrorism, and international criminal justice.

Texas Southern University

The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University provides students with graduate opportunities to learn about homeland security within the context of public planning and policy development. Students may utilize resources at the Barbara Jordan Institute, which analyzes and proposes public policy for urban regions, or the Mickey Leland Center, which studies how to promote global peace and security.

Bachelor of Science Emergency Management and Homeland Security

This political science degree requires the completion of 121 credits including 46 hours in general education and 30 units of required courses in the major. Topics include natural hazards, terrorism, technological hazards, preparedness and planning and legal issues associated with homeland security. Students will also complete a three-credit internship.

Master of Science in Administration of Justice

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Administration of Justice is a criminal justice-based program that includes interdisciplinary courses in homeland security, race, and criminology, public policy, and information technology. Core courses in the program include criminology research, race and class issues in the United States, and ethics in justice. Elective courses in subjects like terrorism cover homeland security topics. Students may enroll in a thesis or non-thesis degree option.

Prairie View A&M University

Students at Prairie View A&M University can take classes in homeland security through a homeland security/emergency management certificate. The program is available through independent study or it can be paired with a degree.

Homeland Security/Emergency Management Certificate

The program requires 12 credits for completion. Areas that will be covered are based on a student's major. Some topics include the psychology of terrorism, computer applications in criminal justice, transnational crimes, computer networks, global issues and multicultural issues in mental health. A key component of the program is the social responsibility project, which requires the student to develop a real-world response to a crisis/disaster. Students may also opt to craft a paper based on research or participation in a simulation exercise to fulfill this requirement.


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