Homeland Security and Emergency Management

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Leadership Studies

  • Degree


  • Location



Safeguard your community as a public safety expert

Students interested in public safety and security can pursue Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The curriculum examines global threats to public safety and prepares students for the management aspect of this field. Graduates know how to plan for and manage disasters through coursework that:

  • Provides a strong foundation of knowledge regarding public safety issues
  • Equips students with the tools to develop leadership skills
  • Teaches effective communication for high-risk situations
  • Develops critical thinking skills regarding important issues in public safety

Students will have the opportunity for service-based learning to further develop core competencies in the field. The degree program also targets adult learners who work in the homeland security and emergency response arena. Students in the B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program may be eligible to continue their education through Mercer’s Special Consideration Program and gain special consideration, waive the application fee, and receive a 30% tuition benefit for the M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Leadership program.

Designed for busy and working adults

At Mercer, we strive to make it easier for adult students to access the higher education programs they need. The B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is available completely online with courses structured in eight-week sessions. Students will have the same access to faculty and essential resources as they would with an in-person classroom format. The program admits students five times per year in January, March, May, August, and October.

Choose from intriguing career options in homeland security and emergency response

Homeland security and emergency response professionals often find employment in government and nonprofit agencies. Graduates of Mercer’s bachelor’s degree can work in a variety of positions such as:

  • Air Marshal
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • CIA Analyst or Officer
  • Customs and Border Protection Officer
  • Disaster Engagement Specialist
  • Disaster Services Analyst
  • Emergency Management Planner
  • Emergency Preparedness Analyst
  • Emergency Response Coordinator
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent

Learn more about our Homeland Security and Emergency Management major

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment, or contact the Office of University Admissions at 877.840.8599 or enroll@mercer.edu for more information.

The B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management provided the education and skill set that directly applies to my job on a daily basis. The program also provided the skills necessary to propel my career forward and better serve the citizens in my community.

Ryan Roberts, B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, '20

Ryan Roberts

Meet Our Professors

Experienced faculty with years of relevant training guide prospects who have a strong interest in homeland security and emergency response. They help students to develop leadership skills and abilities to communicate effectively in high-risk situations.