Shape the Future of Homeland Security

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Your Degree. Your Way. Your Future.

  • Become part of the solution to help society, the economy, and government prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters and crises.
  • Advance your career in border patrol, intelligence analysis, crime analysis, plant security, surveillance, and private security.
  • Achievable and Affordable. In-state tuition for everyone. Explore the cost.

New Undergraduate Certificate Programs

These new undergraduate certificates are designed to educate students working in, or seeking careers in, areas relating to security and resilience of infrastructures in specific sectors. Courses are in a shortened 5-week semester format and are taught by quality faculty with experience in the industry. These courses leverage open educational resources instead of traditional textbooks.

Each certificate program covers all aspects of the homeland security cycle—from protection, prevention, and mitigation to response and recovery—as they relate to specific sectors.

Study at your own pace and earn an academic certificate that you can apply towards your bachelor’s degree. Learn more about the requirements for each sector specific undergraduate certificate program by following the links below.

Undergraduate Certificates

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Undergraduate Homeland Securtiy Degrees

Graduate Homeland Security Degrees

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Rise to the Top

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University ranks among the top programs in the nation and maintains the largest, nationally recognized faculty. The Department of Security Studies faculty represents an ideal mix of theory and practice and is here to support you in your journey towards achieving your goals. Our first-class faculty are not only effective teachers but are also nationally and internationally known scholars. Many also have significant professional experience working for government agencies, think tanks, or other entities engaged in homeland security policymaking or in the execution of policy.

Discover Your Path to the Future

If you want to play a meaningful role in the complex and rapidly expanding field of homeland security, the homeland security studies degree will help you find the specialty or area that’s just right for you. Graduates of the program have been employed by the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, local police departments, nuclear power plants, surveillance firms, and private companies, and organizations that provide critical infrastructure.

A Legacy to Build Your Future On

Since 1879, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” echoes across SHSU’s seven colleges and beyond its Texas campus.

While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be earned through online courses, SHSU Online has the option you’re looking for to reach your academic, personal, and professional goals on your own schedule.

All students, whether learning online or on campus, receive the same quality of education and are taught by the same professors.