Homeland Security Schools in NYC with Degree Program Descriptions

There are three 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 Time 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 their 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.

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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 (2014) 11,272* 20,445* 12,857*
Campus Setting Large Suburb Large City Large City
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $18,076* $38,680* $41,333*
% of First-Year Undergraduate Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 94%* 98%* 97%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014) 72%* 63%* 85%*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2014) 66% of full-time students; 22% of part-time students* 79% of full-time students; 80% of part-time students* 76% of full-time students; 79% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Starting classes in Fall 2008) 29%* 59%* 55%*

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 21 of those credit hours focused on core security management topics. Program coursework covers public safety, terrorism and human conflict management, as well as national infrastructure, crisis management and risk management. Students also get a chance to learn about homeland defense structures, investigative techniques and cybersecurity.

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 abnormal and institutional psychology. The program requires a total of 126 credit hours.

St. John's University's College of Professional Studies is also home to the Homeland and Corporate Security Association, a student organization assisting students in their preparation for careers in homeland security enterprise.

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 Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals

This program is offered partially online along with classroom study at the university's New York City campus. Program 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 between 33 and 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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