Homeland security and emergency preparedness


Plan for any scenario.

Learn the ins and outs of disaster planning and response.

Launched as the nation’s first homeland security and emergency preparedness program in 2005, we prepare students to manage the complexities of disaster planning and response.

Alumni often work in private and public-sector jobs related to emergency management, security or crisis planning, or pursue graduate study in fields such as government, international affairs, law enforcement, policy planning and law.

Bachelor’s program

Gain knowledge and skills in emergency planning/management principles and practicalities, the nature and effects of natural disasters, domestic and foreign terrorist threats to the U.S., and ethical and constitutional issues related to terrorist prevention tactics.

Progam and degree requirements

Master’s program

This online program equips you with theoretical and practical knowledge related to security and preparedness issues addressing all hazards, including terrorist threats and natural disasters.

Program and degree requirements

Graduate certificate program

Our online certificate program helps you develop managerial competencies in the homeland security and emergency preparedness field. Courses with grades of “B” or better are fully transferable to the master’s program.

Progam requirements


The homeland security and emergency preparedness minor requires 18 credits and allows you to gain theoretical and practical education in the field.

Course requirements


“The curriculum and professors are first class. They encourage you to develop intellectually while providing the tools you need to best serve your community.”

— Rachel Heinig, M.A., Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, 2015, Sergeant, Special Operations Group, Henrico County Police Division