Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

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The subject of homeland security is at the forefront of study by law enforcement officials, security professionals, current and former military personnel, intelligence analysts and government contractors.  Our Homeland Security Bachelor’s Degree Completion program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and abilities you need to succeed in these positions. You will be equipped with greater potential for career advancement—whether you are searching for a new job in the marketplace, reaching for a promotion or exploring a second career.

One of the unique features of our program’s cutting-edge education and training is its methodology. You will learn about Threats > Analysis > Response in an organized and logical flow, beginning with the study of current threats to domestic soft targets and national security. You will build on your understanding of threats by next focusing your studies on intelligence and evidence interpretation. Finally, you will focus on response measures and industry best practices. 


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Dual Degree Option Available

Our dual-degree program graduates earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Homeland Security, thus saving time and increasing their value in the job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people employed in the homeland security field will increase by 41.1% by 2029.

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Program at a Glance



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Gain New Skills & Knowledge

You will expand your practical skills & knowledge in three focus areas: 

  1. Homeland security & emergency management best practices

  2. Domestic & international threats

  3. Anti-terrorism strategies


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Complete Fully Online

You can complete your degree fully online. Our flexible program is designed for you to continue to work and fulfill personal obligations while you earn your degree. 

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Career Growth Potential

Median salary for our graduates is $95,000.

Source: GW Undergraduate Employment and Education Outcomes, Classes of 2014-2017.

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Alumni Success Stories




Robert J. Contee III, BPS '12

Program alumnus Robert Contee III is the Assistant Director of the Office of Partner Engagement for the FBI. The Office of Partner Engagement builds relationships between the FBI, Federal Agencies and law enforcement agencies across the nation. 

He gave the address for CPS’s 2021 virtual commencement while working in his former role as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington, D.C. Contee, a native of Washington, D.C., joined the MPD as a police cadet in 1989. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving in a variety of roles, before being appointed chief.


Edward W. Olewinski III, Homeland Security B.P.S.

Edward W. Olewinski III, B.P.S. '23

Edward Olewinski, Homeland Security B.P.S., is the 2023 award recipient. The Dr. Richard F. Southby Police Science Prize is presented to an exceptional graduating student.  Edward graduated with a GPA of 4.0.  He is the Director of Emergency Management for Maine Township, Illinois, serving Cook County.  He is a certified EMT, Firefighter, and Hazardous Materials Technician. 

Michael Queen

Michael A. Queen, Jr.,
BPS '22

Michael A. Queen, Jr., Homeland Security B.P.S., is the 2022 award recipient. The Dr. Richard F. Southby Police Science Prize is presented to an exceptional graduating student. After Mr. Queen realized his true calling was public service he joined GW's Police Department in 2002 where he has since served in multiple roles. His colleagues know him as a mentor to many new police officers and a dedicated public safety professional.


Alicia Viviana Ramirez, BPS '21

Alicia Viviana Ramirez, Police and Security Studies B.P.S., is the 2021 award recipient. The Dr. Richard F. Southby Police Science Prize is presented to an exceptional graduating student. Alicia graduated with a GPA of 3.94.  She is currently serving in the United States Air Force and working towards her goal of becoming a special agent with the Office of Special Investigations.  


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Where You'll Study

This program is fully online

This program is fully online so the content and schedule are designed to meet your needs as a full-time professional who is balancing a demanding job and family obligations. The courses are fully online, with regular synchronous discussions. You will have live discussions with your professor and fellow students every two weeks, at a minimum. These discussions provide opportunities for you to review course materials, discuss current events and maintain open lines of communication with your faculty member and fellow students.


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What You'll Study

Our cutting-edge curriculum was developed in consultation with metropolitan area law enforcement experts and police specialists, and draws faculty expertise from six schools at GW.

Through the program you will be a more effective homeland security professional and will be able to:

  • Understand best practices of Homeland Security and emergency management
  • Analyze the characteristics of domestic and international threats
  • Develop strategic anti-terrorism strategies
  • Analyze cyber threats and effective countermeasures
  • Analyze the challenges of intelligence and information sharing
  • Examine the methodology and process of conducting threat and vulnerability assessments
  • Make ethical decisions based upon personal and professional standards
  • Communicate effectively

Homeland Security Schedule of Classes


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About the Faculty & Advisory Board

As a student in the Homeland Security program, you will learn from expert faculty with extensive experience in homeland security, state and federal law enforcement, the legal profession, and other allied fields.

The Advisory Board members of the GW Master of Professional Studies and Bachelor of Professional Studies in Homeland Security programs are senior-level professionals with extensive operational and leadership experience with homeland security.  They provide support and advice to the programs, their curriculum, and the development of new initiatives.


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Admissions Information

To be considered for admission to the Homeland Security BPS program, you must have:

  • Completion of secondary school with a high school diploma or GED
  • A Statement of Purpose (a 250-word essay describing the applicant’s affiliation with homeland security, career objectives and professional ethics perspective)
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Earned 22 transferable credit hours with a range of courses satisfying the general education distribution requirement:
    • Mathematics or Statistics (3 credits)
    • Natural or Physical Science with Lab (4 credits)
    • Arts or Humanities (3 credits)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
    • Written Communication or Composition (6 credits)

Note: Acceptable transfer coursework must be successfully completed from a regionally accredited institution and earned with a grade of C or higher (C-, D and F do not transfer).

Please note that this program is not eligible for students to apply for an F-1 or J-1 international visa. Please review the full admissions requirements for more details. Students are admitted to the online program for the fall semester.

Undergraduate Admissions Process

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Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details.


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Fall Admissions

Online program only

  • Fall Priority Deadline: May 15*
  • Fall Final Deadline: July 15


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Spring Admissions

Online program only

  • Students are usually admitted for the fall semester. If you are interested in a spring start, please contact us for details. 


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Summer Admissions

Online program only

  • Students are usually admitted for the fall semester. If you are interested in a summer start, please contact us for details. 

Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.

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Tuition & Aid

GW tuition and fees are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs are set by the GW Board of Trustees and generally increase year to year, variable by program and location.


"My most recent promotion was to the position of Acting Assistant Director in the INTERPOL Washington, Transnational Crime Division. I truly believe that my educational experiences at GW have played a tremendous role in my current and previous promotions. The program brought me out of my comfort zone and magnified the qualities that I have to be a leader."

Michelle Ford-Stepney
Acting Assistant Director
INTERPOL Washington, Transnational Crime Division


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Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree Completion Program. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.