Tampa Homeland Security Schools
Several homeland security degrees and certificates are available for students who live in or near Tampa, Florida. Read about the required classes at three schools, and check out a table of statistics on the institutions. The table has details on acceptance and graduation rates, among other facts.
- Hillsborough Community College is a short commute for students, being less than two miles from downtown Tampa. The school offers a certificate program in homeland security in addition to a criminal justice associate's degree with a homeland security track.
- Located roughly 26 miles from central Tampa, St. Petersburg College offers a certificate program in the field.
- Saint Leo University allows students to earn a bachelor's degree with a concentration in homeland security. The bachelor's degree can be taken either on campus, which is located about 33 miles from Tampa's downtown area, or online.
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Comparison of Schools
The cost, campus location and type of school can impact your decision-making process regarding where to pursue homeland security studies. Look over this table to find out about these factors and more for the profiled colleges.
|Hillsborough Community College||St. Petersburg College||Saint Leo University|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; private non-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||27,298*||32,681*||16,349*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Small city||Small suburb|
|Tuition & Fees 2015-2016||$2,506 in-state; $9,111 out-of-state*||$3,352 in-state; $11,607 out-of-state*||$20,830*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||84%*||81%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||72%*|
|Retention Rate (2013)||61% for full-time students*||N/A||68% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||29% (students beginning 2011)*||33% (students beginning 2008)*||45% (students beginning 2008)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough Community College has several campuses in Tampa and surrounding areas. This certificate is offered by the criminal justice technology division at the Ybor City campus.
Certificate in Homeland Security
The certificate program in homeland security requires three classes, such as introduction to homeland security, introduction to terrorism, and introduction to terrorist weapons and tactics. Certificate credits can be transferred to an associate degree in criminal justice. Students can seek careers in counter-terrorism, government security, law enforcement and private security.
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Technology - Homeland Security Track
The A.S. degree program in criminal justice technology offers a homeland security concentration. The homeland security track involves general classes in criminology and law and the three courses from the certificate program as well as several elective courses. Students also complete either an internship or a field study project in criminal justice.
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College, located about 25 miles from Tampa, is a 4-year college with a student enrollment of about 64,000. The homeland security program is offered through the criminal justice department, which also has degrees in computer crime investigation and crime scene technology.
Certificate in Homeland Security
The homeland security certificate program consists of 24 credits and covers emergency management, policy, and response teams, with an emphasis on homeland security. Classes include cover topics in domestic and international terrorism, homeland security policy, and critical infrastructure protection. Graduates can find jobs in emergency planning and security management.
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a private, 4-year college that offers students flexible formats for attaining their education. Their undergraduate program in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security is available either on-campus or can be completed online.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (On-Campus or Online)
Students seeking a bachelor's degree with a focus on homeland security can choose to attend classes on the school's campus, or complete their studies online through a distance learning program. The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security consists of 48 credits in general education courses, 24 credits in criminal justice, and 18 credits in homeland security as well as 30 credits of selected elective courses.