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Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

Find yourself on the front lines of this in-demand field when you earn your Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security at Wichita State University.
 Be part of WSU's newest bachelor's degree program!


The fully online BS in Homeland Security meets the growing US demand for employees with expertise in the security field by preparing you for employment in operational, management and policy levels.

This degree offers specialized learning in:
- Emergency Management
- Terrorism Studies
- Cybersecurity

This degree will put you on a path to many in-demand and important careers such as emergency management, border protection, counter terrorism, cybersecurity and transportation security.

If you're just beginning your Bachelor's degree, you can complete the full program completely online. If your goal is to finish what you've started, transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited institutions.


The BS in Homeland Security at Wichita State will prepare you to serve in this growing and in-demand field. Begin or advance your career in the public or private sector in areas such as:

  • Intelligence
  • Federal Emergency Management
  • Border Protection
  • Immigration and Customs
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • National Security
  • Military Service

Students who complete this program are also excellent candidates for the pursuit of graduate studies in related fields.


 BS in Homeland Security Curriculum

The WSU Online Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security (HLS) provides students with a foundation in security, with specialized learning in emergency management, terrorism studies, or cybersecurity.

The online BS in Homeland Security degree combines WSU's General Education requirements with a solid core of homeland security courses. This four-year program can be completed fully online, transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited community colleges and universities.

It is important that you work with your advisor when choosing your classes. For more information, please contact the CJ Online Academic Advisor at CJonline@wichita.edu or (316) 978-7757

HLS Program Requirements

120 overall credit hours required.

  • 33 hours Homeland Security Core Curriculum
  • 3 hours HLS electives
  • 3 hours English 210
  • 5 hours Spanish 212
  • WSU General Education and other Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
    • 12 hours Foundation Skills Courses
    • 12 hours Fine Arts & Humanities Courses General Education Courses
    • 12 hours Social & Behavioral Sciences General Education Courses
    • 10 hours Natural Science General Education Courses
  • The remaining hours would be open electives, including up to 11 additional hours of HLS elective coursework.

*Transfer credits may be accepted from regionally accredited institutions.

Transfer Credits

You may transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions and work with your online academic advisor to develop a plan of study that will help you finish your degree online.

Resources for Transfer Students

Program Entry

The HLS program follows the semester schedule of Wichita State University. You can start Fall, Spring or Summer Semester.

Admission Requirements

Complete an application for admission to Wichita State.

Your college will be the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: December 1
Summer Semester: April 1

Program Costs

Online Undergraduate Tuition - $325.87 per credit hour* additional college fees may apply.

*Based on 2018-2019 tuition rates and are subject to change.

Program Length

This is a full bachelor's program which requires completion of 120 overall credits, typically a 4 year program.

  • Transfer students may be able to earn their BS online in two years or less.
  • Your individual plan of study will be customized based on your schedule and prior coursework.


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