Homeland Security

Online Criminal Justice Degree from an Accredited Leader in Distance Learning


Homeland security expertise can bring big rewards in the job market. And Excelsior College provides the shortest, straightest route to a competitive degree with a homeland security focus—especially for working adults who have a military background or professional law enforcement experience.

Excelsior's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Homeland Security concentration) has most of the benefits as a homeland security degree from a traditional, on-site college. But we eliminate the obstacles that can prevent working adults from completing a homeland security degree.

  • Core Requirements
    • An introductory criminal justice survey course [CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice]
      • CJ110 Introduction to Law Enforcement
    • An introductory-level survey in criminal justice administration
      • CJ255 Organization and Administrative Strategies in Criminal Justice
    • A theoretical course on theories of crime, causation, victimology, and criminology
      • CJ324 Criminology
      • CJ326 Victimology
    • A course in research methods in the social sciences
      • SOC465 Social Science Research
    • Capstone
      • CJ 498 Criminal Justice Capstone
  • Intermediate and upper-level courses: 4 courses from at least 3 of the following 5 areas
    • International terrorism
    • Domestic terrorism
    • Managing homeland security
    • Counterterrorism
    • Security planning and assessment
  • Electives: additional courses in criminal justice or related subjects

Excelsior enables you to:

  • Complete your degree online, taking all your criminal justice classes at the time and place that makes most sense for you.
  • Reduce your courseload and earn your degree quickly, by receiving maximum transfer credit for your previous college work.
  • Convert many types of military experience, academy training, and professional service into academic credit—moving you that much closer to graduation.
  • Keep control of your budget, thanks to Excelsior's affordable tuition, low student fees, and flexible payment plans. (You can get the hard numbers at our Costs and Financing page.)

Learn more about the special benefits for working adults in Excelsior's criminal justice degree. (PDF)

A Quick, Streamlined Degree Path to Boost Your Homeland Security Career

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation programs and specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

Our online criminal justice classes meet the highest academic standards—the same ones that apply to traditional criminal justice degree programs. You'll study with outstanding professors who have years of practical experience in criminal justice.

By completing the homeland security concentration at Excelsior, you'll get practical, job-ready expertise in subjects such as:

  • International terrorism
  • Domestic terrorism
  • Counterterrorism
  • Security planning and threat assessment
  • Incident response and management
  • Interagency coordination and preparedness

The BS degree in Criminal Justice requires 33 credits in the specialized area to complete, with at least 18 credits at the upper level. The concentration in Investigative Forensics will require students to take five 3-credit core courses; including the Capstone, five 3-credit upper-level courses, and one 3-credit elective course.

See the credit requirements in chart form (PDF).


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