Homeland Security Schools in NYC with Degree Program Descriptions

Dec 19, 2018

There are at least four schools within 25 miles of Times Square in New York City that offer degrees in homeland security. Read an overview of these three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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New York City Schools with Homeland Security Programs

Undergraduate and graduate programs in homeland security can help prepare students for administrative roles in the public and private sectors. Learn about the program options at three private schools and compare their institutional profiles in the accompanying table. A brief description about one other school option for homeland security students can be found after the table.

  • At Mercy College, students can pursue a bachelor's degree program in corporate and homeland security. Located 23 miles from Times Square, this school also offers the lowest undergraduate tuition among the three profiled schools.
  • St. John's University is a private Catholic institution that offers an undergraduate degree at its Queens campus, located 13 miles from Times Square.
  • Graduate students can pursue a professional master's degree at Pace University, located six miles from Times Square. The program is offered in collaboration with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Comparison of Schools

Use the following table to find more information about our three featured schools, including how big and how selective they are. Note the percentage of first-time undergraduates at all three schools who received financial aid during their first year of study.

Mercy College St. John's University Pace University
School Type Four-year; private, not-for profit Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 9,506 21,340 12,986
Campus Setting Large Suburb Large City Large City
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $18,714 (undergraduate) $40,520 (undergraduate) $30,550 (graduate)
% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 94% 100% 95%
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)* 79% 68% 80%
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2017)* 73% of full-time students; 76% of part-time students 83% of full-time students; 33% of part-time students 80% of full-time students; 81% of part-time students
Graduation Rate (Starting classes in Fall 2011)* 43% 58% 54%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Mercy College

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1950, Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry houses the School of Business. Undergraduate students can pursue a specialized bachelor's degree with an administrative approach to homeland security.

Bachelor of Science in Corporate and Homeland Security

Designed for prospective homeland security managers in the public or private sectors, the Bachelor of Science in Corporate and Homeland Security program features supportive coursework in management and sociology. This four-year program requires the completion of 120 credit hours, with 36 of those credit hours focused on core security management and concentration topics. An additional 24 credits in electives will also be needed. Program coursework covers public safety, terrorism and human conflict management, as well as crisis management and risk management. Students also get a chance to learn about homeland defense structures and investigative techniques.

St. John's University

St. John's University was founded in 1870. The main campus in Queens, New York, offers an undergraduate homeland security program through the College of Professional Studies.

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

This program in homeland security includes coursework in asset protection, security consulting, public safety and emergency management. Students also complete supportive coursework in subjects like psychology. The program requires a total of 120 credit hours. St. John's University's College of Professional Studies also offers professional studies degrees in homeland security at the master's and doctoral levels.

Pace University

Pace University opened as a business school in 1906, expanding its curriculum to include postsecondary liberal arts education in 1948.

Master of Arts in Homeland Security

This program is offered online and coursework includes topics in intelligence gathering, human rights and the psychology of terrorism. Students also complete courses on public sector budgeting, planning, policy analysis and evaluation. The curriculum gives students the option to work on a master's thesis or a research project. Depending on the student's plan of study, they're required to complete 36 credits of graduate coursework to finish this two-year program.

Other Schools in the New York City Area

Located approximately 22 miles from Times Square, Adelphi College offers an Associate of Science or a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration with coursework covering disaster preparedness and global conflict.

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