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Homeland Security Schools in Atlanta, GA with Course Summaries

There are several schools in the Atlanta, Georgia, area offering homeland security programs. Read about the degree programs, requirements and admission information at the schools that are within 20 miles of downtown and find out which school is right for you.

Atlanta-Area Schools Offering Homeland Security Programs

Within about 20 miles of downtown Atlanta are three schools offering degree programs related to homeland security and emergency management. This article looks at those schools and the programs provided. It also includes a table of information that can help individuals decide which school is their best option for training. The table includes facts on each school's enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rate. At the end of the article is some information on one other Atlanta-area school that offers several programs relevant to homeland security.

  • At the associate degree level, students can earn a degree in homeland security and emergency management at the Fairburn campus of Georgia Military College, which is situated about 20 miles from Atlanta.
  • Students at Georgia State University - Perimeter College, right near the city center, can also earn an associate degree in homeland security and emergency management.
  • A student seeking a bachelor's degree can enroll in a program in administrative management with a concentration in homeland security/emergency management at Clayton State University. This school is around 12 miles from downtown Atlanta.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents important statistics about these three schools that prospective students should consider.

Georgia Military College Georgia State University - Perimeter College Clayton State University
School Type 4-year, primarily associate, public 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)* 8,595 18,732 7,003
Campus Setting Distant town Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)* $6,124 $3,304 in-state,
$9,501 out-of-state
$5,419 in-state,
$15,880 out-of-state
% of Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 93% 74% 94%
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - open admission policy 59% 42%
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)* N/A 67% full-time,
56% part-time
68% full-time,
63% part-time
Graduation Rate* 25% (students beginning in 2011) 13% (students beginning in 2014) 30% (students beginning in 2011)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Georgia Military College

Founded in 1879, Georgia Military College is one of just five U.S. military junior colleges. Georgia Military offers associate degree programs in homeland security and emergency management at all campus locations, including Fairburn.

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Undergraduate students can pursue either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Depending on which path students take, they must earn 90-98 quarter hours. In addition to core degree requirements, students take courses covering topics such as terrorism and international crime.

Georgia State University - Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College has offered affordable in-state tuition to Georgia residents since it opened as DeKalb College in 1964.

Associate of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Designed for transfer to local 4-year college or university programs, the Associate of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program features courses that cover border security police systems, criminology, world religions and abnormal psychology.

Clayton State University

Clayton State University is a public institution located outside of Atlanta in Morrow, Georgia. The College of Arts and Sciences offers several degree programs through its Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Administrative Management - Homeland Security/Emergency Management Concentration

Students wishing to enter the Bachelor of Applied Science program at Clayton State University must first complete an approved associate degree program or earn 38 hours of undergraduate technology coursework. The homeland security/emergency management concentration features required coursework covering disaster planning and response, emergency management, counter terrorism, homeland security and legal issues. Elective topics include courses on mass emergency medical management, world religions, biodefense, cybercrime, policy evaluation and a selection of regional political studies topics.

Other School Options

Students can find a wide variety of criminal justice and safety studies courses at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, including the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology program with a specialization in public safety. This program contains coursework covering homeland security. The school also offers a variety of specialized diploma and certificate programs, as well as a basic law enforcement academy. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is less than ten miles from downtown Atlanta.


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