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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness | AA


Top 10 Reasons Why Our Degree is Right for You

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  2. Competitive tuition.
  3. Streamlined admissions process — only an application and transcript(s) required, no ACT/SAT needed!
  4. Based on your experience and training, fewer credits may be required for completion of an NEC Associate’s degree program. Fewer credits needed means you’ll earn your degree faster and save money – fewer credits also means lower cost of completion.
  5. All courses are delivered online. Advance your education no matter where you are serving your country.

  1. Flexible 7-week terms allow you to concentrate on one class at a time.
  2. AHSEP faculty are scholar/practitioners who work in the homeland security and preparedness fields and design our program curriculum.
  3. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  4. This program is a stepping stone to our BA and MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
  5. Our Veteran Affairs Office offers a range of support services, and the College is a designated Yellow Ribbon college with recognition by multiple military-friendly organizations.

Our Associate of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (AAHSEP) program prepares you for opportunities in both the public and private sector for positions in and out of government, particularly in homeland security, crisis management, first response, or in any industry where an in-depth knowledge of the field is desired. Upon completion of our program you will have a solid understanding of the core principles of the field, and will be well prepared for graduate level work.

The AAHSEP major consists of 24 credits and focuses on the intersection between theory, policy, and politics. As an AAHSEP student, you will gain an understanding of the intellectual foundations for key homeland security discussions and how the outcomes affect and are changed by the political process. You will develop analytical and advocacy skills, and will be prepared to enter or continue careers in the public, private, and non-profit homeland security and emergency preparedness fields.

Our program helps you to focus your interests in the field and integrates your intellectual interest and experience, small group dialogue, and interaction with theoreticians and practitioners in the field. At the heart of this degree program is the value of the experience, the opportunity to network, and apply knowledge developed through the online classroom.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of our AA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, you will be able to:

  • Understand historical and contemporary issues in homeland security and emergency preparedness.
  • Apply negotiation tools to collaboratively reach consensus and identification of common objectives in diverse populations with diverging interests.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key governmental and non-governmental institutions that formulate and homeland security policy.
  • Articulate the nuances of national level politics, and how they influence the formulation and implementation of public policy and disaster response.
  • Use applied research to support writing and communicating effectively in the homeland security and emergency management realms.

All students must meet the general education requirements (28 credits), requirements for the major (24 credits), and general electives (8 credits) to equal 60 credits. For full program layout, including course descriptions, please visit the online catalog.

General Electives: total of 28 credits

All courses are worth 4 credits

  • WR 1015 – Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I
  • WR 1020 – Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences II
  • MT 1100 or MT1010 – Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or College Algebra
  • LAS Course (choose one from available options)
  • LAS 2 Course (choose one from available options)
  • LAS 3, 4, 5, 6 (choose two from available options)

Major Requirements: total of 24 credits

All courses are worth 4 credits

  • HSEP 1010 – Introduction to Homeland Security
  • HSEP 1020– U.S. Constitution and Government
  • PO/HSEP 2060 – Research Methods
  • HSEP 2150 – Crisis Communications
  • HSEP 2450 – Introduction to Homeland Security Planning
  • HSEP 4250 – Cyber Crime, Warfare, and Defense

Add 8 credits of General Elective courses. Total credits: 60

Explore our other Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness degrees!

BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness


Allyson Goldman
Graduate Admission Counselor