Associate Degree

Homeland Security & Emergency Management

An affordable path to prepare for employment with a state or local emergency management agency, private security firm, law enforcement agency, corrections, or the TSA. This associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

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2023 Schedule

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at GMC educates students on terrorism studies, homeland security law and policy, emergency management, intelligence and counter-intelligence, strategic planning and risk analysis through excellence and innovation in education and research. The demand for employees with knowledge and experience in security and emergency management fields is high and only increasing. Consequently, the employment prospects for students who graduate with a degree in homeland security are very positive. Graduates of GMC’s Homeland Security degree program will be prepared to continue their education at a four-year university and eventually work in a variety of settings and capacities such as private businesses, emergency management, safety management, intelligence analysis, private security, airports, law enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Air Marshals, customs investigators, special agents, military service and border patrol.

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Management Analysts
Management analysts recommend ways to improve an organization’s efficiency.
Police and Detectives
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.
EMTs and Paramedics
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

What You Will Learn

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Students will be able to explain the various theories related to Homeland Security.

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Students will be able to identify and articulate the various agencies involved in Homeland Security.

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Students will be able to evaluate the role of Homeland Security within the state, federal, and local governments.

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Students will be able to develop a literature review.

In-Class or Online

Whether you want to attend classes online, or at our historic Milledgeville campus, or at any of our eleven satellite locations, we have a convenient option just for you.

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Why pay more for the same degree?

Thanks to our Transfer Agreements, GMC students can take their college credits with them to dozens of other colleges and universities. Why pay more for core curriculum when you take the same accredited courses at GMC for less, and then transfer to the four-year college of your choice? Here’s a cost comparison:

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Concentration Courses

HSE 101 Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management | 5qh

This course is a broad overview of the expanding homeland security and Emergency management field. This history of homeland security as it evolved from the fields of civil defense, emergency preparedness, and the traditional intelligence community will be discussed.

HSE 299 Terrorism and International Crime

This course examines the modern problem of terrorism, including its political roots. The history of terrorism both domestically and internationally as well as the structure of operations of terrorist organizations will be discussed.

Hiring Partners

GMC is fortunate to have partnerships with a wide range of businesses who hire our graduates. Here are a few of our partners:

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About This Program


The Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at GMC educates students on terrorism studies, homeland security law and policy, emergency management, intelligence and counter-intelligence, strategic planning and risk analysis through excellence and innovation in education and research. The demand for employees with knowledge and experience in security and emergency management fields is high and only increasing. Consequently, the employment prospects for students who graduate with a degree in homeland security are very positive. Graduates of GMC’s Homeland Security degree program will be prepared to continue their education at a four-year university and eventually work in a variety of settings and capacities such as private businesses, emergency management, safety management, intelligence analysis, private security, airports, law enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Air Marshals, customs investigators, special agents, military service and border patrol.

Degree Program Coordinator


Roy Ward, rward@gmc.edu

Program Benefits


The field of Homeland Security is varied, incorporating jobs ranging from disaster preparedness to terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security is one of the largest Federal agencies, employing over 183,000 workers – this does not include state and local support staff nor does it include homeland security jobs in the private sector. Those students receiving an associate degree in homeland security will be prepared for employment with state and local emergency management agencies, private security firms, law enforcement agencies, corrections, and the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA). Employment requiring a minimum of a bachelor’s degree would include: cyber security professional, intelligence analyst, air marshals, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Cost for the Degree


Average Cost for this Degree:
$8,280

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