Our Homeland Security and Emergency Management Curriculum

Designed for working professionals who want to excel in a career-focused in Homeland Security or Emergency Management, this 100% online bachelor’s degree includes courses from both fields as well as offers tracks in which you may concentrate.

If you have received a C or better, from a regionally accredited college or university, your classes may transfer to the Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree. Transfer credits are evaluated at the time of application. Learn more about the University of New Haven’s transfer policy.

Transfer credits are evaluated at the time of application, and students will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation two to three weeks from the date of acceptance. The academic department to which the student applied will make a final determination of transfer credits. Evaluation of transfer credit is based on the following criteria:

  • Credit will be considered only for transfer courses that are equivalent to University of New Haven courses or electives; all accepted credit must pertain to University of New Haven degree requirements.
  • Credit for the course must have been earned at a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Course grade must be a “C” or better. Credit is not awarded for pass/fail courses.
  • Remedial, technical, and vocational courses do not transfer to the University of New Haven.
  • Students may transfer a maximum of 60 credits from two-year institutions and a maximum of 90 credits from four-year institutions. Credits for courses above the maximum threshold must be approved by the Dean of the College a student is seeking entry to.
  • A student’s final 30 credits must be earned in residency at the University of New Haven to receive a degree from the university.
  • Major-specific courses may require review by the Chair or Director of the custodial academic department prior to transferring. Students should refer to program descriptions in the University catalog. All credits are subject to final approval of the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students applying to transfer in to the Interior Design program must submit a portfolio for consideration by the faculty in the department.

We strongly encourage transfer students to contact us or to meet with a transfer counselor to discuss transfer credits and/or to request an academic worksheet for their program of interest.

The University recognizes the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Please send official test scores or transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516

If you are a Firefighter or a Homeland Security professional, the training you received for your job may count towards your degree at the University of New Haven. Therefore, you may be able to reduce both the time and cost of your bachelor’s.

Students earning a B.S. degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management are required to complete at least 121 credits, including the University Core Curriculum. All classes are offered online, so you can continue to work and take courses when it’s convenient for you.

The bachelor’s degree requires 121 credits including 40 credits of University Core Curriculum, 30 credit hours of coursework specific to the HSEM degree, and 12 credit hours from either the Homeland Security or Emergency Management track.

The 40 credits of University Core Curriculum, with the following restrictions, include:

  • CC1 – Written Communication: ENGL 1112or ENGL 1113
  • CC2 – Oral Communication and Presentation: COMM 1130
  • CC3 – Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy: MATH 1108 or higher
  • CC4 – Scientific Exploration: Any Course
  • CC5 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: UNIV 1141
  • CC6 – Historical Perspectives: Any Course
  • CC7 – The Individual and Society: PSYC 1111 – Introduction to Psychology
  • CC8 – Global and Intercultural Awareness- Any Course
  • CC9 – Perspectives on Creative Arts: Any Course
  • CC 1 Tier II ENGL 2220 Writing for Business/Industry
  • Plus 9 credits of additional CC Tier II courses

30 credit hours, specific to the HSEM degree include:

  • CJST 1100 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • NSEC 1100 – Introduction to National Security Studies
  • HSEM 1100 – Introduction to Homeland Security
  • FIRE 1106 – Emergency Scene Operations
  • FIRE 2241 – Intro to Emergency Management
  • NSEC 2250 – Scientific Methods in National Security
  • NSEC 2251 – Quantitative Applications in National Security
  • NSEC 4500 – National Security Pre-Internship
  • HSEM 4400 – Homeland Security Leadership Seminar
  • HSEM 4501 – Internship
  • Plus 12 credits of restricted electives in either the Homeland Security track or Emergency Management track

The track requires 12 credits from one of the following:

  • Emergency Management
    • EMGT 2202 – Tools and Methods in Emergency Management
    • FIRE 1102 – Principles Fire Science Technology
    • FIRE 2242 – Hazard Risk Management
    • FIRE 3341 – Hazard Mapping and Modeling
  • Homeland Security
    • HSEM 2101 Critical Infrastructure Protection
    • HSEM 3101 Border Security and Immigration Issues
    • HSEM 3105 Transportation Security
    • And select one of the following two courses:
    • NSEC 4538 – Weapons of Mass Destruction or
    • CJST 4578 – Homeland Security and Terrorism

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