Central Penn College - Homeland Security Management Bachelor's Degree Program

Central Penn College


Homeland Security Management

Bachelor's Degree

When you think about studying Homeland Security Management, what comes to mind?  At Central Penn College, our Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security Management (HSM) program combines elements of law enforcement, infrastructure security, organizational behavior, emergency management, leadership and intelligence analysis – providing students with a broad understanding of these fields and their interaction with Homeland Security. Students are provided with the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world hands-on learning from professors with experience at the federal, state and local law enforcement levels.

Through interactive lessons, field trips and a collaborative learning environment, students gain a thorough understanding of relevant bodies of law, critical incident response, police-community relations, and how private and public entities interact and prepare for emergencies and related crisis events. Students will also learn how to communicate effectively through written and oral communication, correlating these concepts effectively within diverse work environments. Professional and ethical conduct is a key part of the program’s philosophy.

At Central Penn, our accelerated terms allow you to earn your bachelor’s degree in just three years, plus an internship.* With that time frame, you can be out of the classroom and into your desired career in less time than you thought.

Due to the sensitive nature of this field, only students who are capable of passing a government background investigation and obtain government security clearance should consider enrolling in the Homeland Security Management degree program.

Take the first step to earning your degree in Homeland Security Management from Central Penn College by filling out the short ‘Request Information’ form on the right. To hear what others have to say, we encourage you to like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. We love to answer questions and provide information in a format that works for you.

* The program length is designed for the typical student who is enrolled full time and completes and passes every course required for graduation in the specified time frame.

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Admissions Requirements

In addition to Central Penn's standard admissions requirements, a personal and professional background investigation is a required component of virtually all federal, state, and local agencies offering internships or employment to graduates of the Homeland Security Management degree program.

Only those persons who are capable of passing a governmental background investigation and would otherwise be eligible for a governmental security clearance should consider enrolling in a Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, or Homeland Security Management degree program.

Individuals who enter these degree programs with a disqualifying personal or professional history or for those who engage in a disqualifying activity while attending Central Penn may be precluded from obtaining an internship or employment in the career field after graduation.

Internship/Capstone Course

As a career-oriented college and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn requires all students to complete an internship. This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. Internships are 180 hours in length and include a research project tailored to the individual's career path.

Continuing education and online students may complete a capstone course in place of the traditional internship. This can be done at both the associate and bachelor’s degree level. This course requires an extensive research project and paper related to the student’s chosen career path.

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Middle States Accreditation

ACCREDITATION: Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000; web: www.msche.org). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Status: Member since January 1977. Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s.

APPROVED BY: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master’s of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor's of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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Homeland Security Careers

This video, presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security outlines some of the Homeland Security jobs that are available.

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