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Bachelor of Science in National Security (Topics in National Security)

Bachelor's in National Security (Topics in National Security)

Learn how national security strategies and policies evolve in the United States and countries around the world, and launch a successful career within government agencies that depend on effective analysis and maintenance of national security.

The online Bachelor of Science in National Security (Topics in National Security concentration) is your most flexible option. Leverage your existing experience and education to create your own concentration based on a broad range of national security topics. Expand your knowledge of economics, history, and politics, and gain knowledge and skills that will allow you to advance in the public or private sector, protecting the United States from environmental, financial, and other threats to national security.

A Practical, Online Bachelor's Degree

Excelsior's online bachelor's in national security program is designed for working adults and will enable you to:

  • Receive more college credit for your military training and experience.
  • Transfer credits earned through college courses, exams, and professional training.
  • Take 8-week online courses flexible enough to fit with your busy life.
  • Learn from outstanding faculty with deep knowledge of national security issues.
  • Gain knowledge and skills that you can apply in military and civilian workplaces.
  • Fit tuition and fees in your budget and use military and veteran education benefits.

Pursue an Exciting Career in National Security

In this online BS in National Security program, you'll learn how nation-states leverage military, economic, and other instruments of power in developing global strategy, and about national security policy and politics in the United States and around the world.

The topics in national security concentration allows you to study subjects that interest you and will help you advance in your career. Choose from areas of focus such as climate change, healthcare, immigration, or any other issue that impacts national security.

The academic quality of our online courses in national security are comparable to similar classes offered at many residential colleges. This concentration allows you to gain knowledge of subjects such as:

  • Comparative national security
  • Cybersecurity management
  • Ethics and diversity
  • Intelligence analysis
  • International relations
  • Military leadership
  • U.S. foreign affairs

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BS in national security credit requirements

BS in National Security Degree Requirements

The BS degree in National Security requires 33 credits in the specialized area to complete, with at least 18 credits at the upper level. Each concentration will require students to take 12 credits in core courses, 18 credits in concentration courses, and the Capstone.

Learn more about the degree requirements

Catalog: Public Service


Review degree requirements, learning outcomes, core courses, and more in the Public Service Catalog.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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