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Online MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Degree

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Expand on Your Skill Set to Protect the Vulnerable

100% Online

2 Years

30 Credit Hours

$465 per Credit (In-State)

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Defend Against Serious Security Threats with an Online Degree

There’s always a need to protect our communities and our most valuable data. That’s why the online Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) is designed to give you specialized training in information security, intelligence, emergency management, strategic planning, and more. With the skills you learn in the fully online program, you’ll be prepared to take on important roles in government agencies.

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Develop Specialized Skills in Our Online Courses

10 Online Courses

10:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

The online master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management at AUM is designed to give you the advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills you need to make a difference in the fields of security and emergency management. Covering topics such as intelligence analysis, disaster management, psychology of terrorism, grant writing, cyber crime, and more, this program will build on your foundational knowledge and open new potential career pathways.

Online Course Highlights

  • Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Psychology of Terrorism and Fear
Curriculum Details

MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Admissions

Application Deadline 08/11/24 Fall 2024 Semester

Start Date 08/18/24 Fall 2024 Semester

The admissions process for the MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management at AUM is simple. You can submit your online application anytime and transfer up to 12 credits to complete your degree even faster. Learn more in the table below.

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Application Fee$25
Degree and Minimum GPAApplicants must have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts of all completed coursework from your previous college experience.
Transfer CreditsTransfer up to 12 credits to your program. Request information for details.

AUM offers rolling admissions, so it’s always a great time to apply. If you have questions, request information to connect with our admissions team.

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Earn a Cost-Effective Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Choosing a degree is a big decision, and it’s important to know you’re getting the most out of what you pay for. Our fully online MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management delivers a quality education at an affordable price. As one of U.S. News & World Report‘s top value schools,1 we continue to prove that our valuable programs help you learn the skills you need for a successful career.

Cost per Credit Hour$465 for Alabama residents and $511 for non-residents
Total Number of Credit Hours30
Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees$13,950 – $15,330
Additional Fees
  • Technology fee: $10/credit hour
  • Online fee: $40/credit hour
  • Administrative service fee: $35/semester
Other Costs to Budget ForYou may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies, and fees. Take these into consideration as you budget for your degree.

Military Benefits

Auburn University at Montgomery is proud to support the educational goals of military veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, and their families. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, and Military Friendly® ranked us among the Top 10 schools for 2023-2024. Moreover, our Veteran and Military Resource Center offers an array of resources for fostering a smooth admissions process and online student experience.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At AUM, we strive to make your online degree program as affordable as possible, with cost-effective tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA® form to determine your financial aid eligibility — the school code for Auburn University at Montgomery is 008310.

Tuition Details
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Step Into an Exciting New Role in Civil Service

There are many ways to be a valuable public servant, and an online MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from AUM will help you discover just how versatile the field is. Through knowledge gained in this program, you’ll be prepared to take on roles in homeland security, the FBI, emergency management, immigration services, and more. And with expert help from our Career Development Center, you’ll find ways to reach your career goals and start making a difference.

Career Paths in Homeland Security

National Security Special Agent $102,641 per year4

FBI Intelligence Analyst $131,992 per year5

Program Outcomes

AUM’s homeland security and emergency management master’s degree online will help you develop leadership, communication, and high-level critical thinking skills that will take your civil service career to the next level. You’ll learn about constitutional issues, cyber crime, research methods, and more and utilize this knowledge to solve complex problems in practical ways.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

At AUM, you’ll feel supported by expert faculty members who bring valuable teaching and professional backgrounds to each online class. Our online instructors have completed extensive training in designing and teaching online courses, further elevating your experience as an online student.

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Dr. Jackie McNett

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jackie McNett, Associate Professor

Dr. Jackie McNett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Auburn University at Montgomery. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama and her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.

McNett teaches for the graduate program in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Her research and teaching interests include homeland security, emergency management, criminological theory, crime and deviance, jury studies, and fear of crime. She is the advisor for the department’s criminal justice club, The American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA-LAE), and co-advisor for the Beta Delta Chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma.

A Quality Experience for Online Learners

Earn your degree online from Auburn University at Montgomery to experience a quality education with the flexibility to succeed in class and your career. You can complete your coursework using your laptop or mobile device with opportunities to study when and where it’s convenient.

  • Academic support: Access online advising and tutoring
  • Career services: Prepare to succeed after graduation
  • Help desk: Get technical assistance for your program
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  2. “Today’s Best Online Master’s Degrees in Homeland Security.” Retrieved January 9, 2024, from
  3. Military Friendly®. “Auburn University at Montgomery.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from
  4. “National Security Agency Salary for Special Agent.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from
  5. “Federal Bureau of Investigation Salary for Intelligence Analyst.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from