What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Homeland Security and Emergency Management, A.S.

What is Homeland Security and Emergency Management?

The fields of homeland security and emergency management employ a wide variety of security and safety professionals, as well as those trained in coordinating, managing, and delivering resources in the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks and other tragedies.

Why Study Homeland Security and Emergency Management at Georgia State University?

The safety and security of the United States and its citizens have received increased attention in recent years because of increased terroristic threats and attacks. Homeland security and emergency management occupations can be found in many governmental services and agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Coast Guard, the Transportation and Safety Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Positions range from police officers and firefighters to airport security officials, telecommunications specialists and editorial assistants. In Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Port of Savannah, private corporations, along with natural disasters, are just a couple of the entities and events in which homeland security and emergency management needs arise.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Pathway Details

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



A degree in criminal justice can lead to employment in the following fields:

  • Asylum officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Border Patrol agent
  • Import specialist
  • Federal coordinating officer
  • Program specialist (fire; national security; response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation)
  • Law enforcement specialist (instruction)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention and Deportation officer
  • Police officer
  • Immigration enforcement agent
  • Security specialist
  • Protective security adviser
  • Intelligence operations specialist
  • Information technology specialist (information security)
  • Security specialist
  • Telecommunications specialist
  • Biological scientist
  • Chemist
  • Computer scientist
  • Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Criminal investigator
  • Intelligence operations specialist
  • Program and management analyst
  • Transportation security screener
  • Contract specialist

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
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Alicia Braswell, Administrative Assistant
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Alpharetta Campus

Adam Stone, Associate Department Chair of Social Science
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Contessa Paige,Administrative Assistant
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Clarkston Campus

George Vargis, Associate Department Chair of History and Political Science
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Marc Zayac, Department Associate Chair of Social Science
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Mary Brown, Administrative Assistant
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Decatur Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
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Donna McLean, Administrative Assistant
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Dunwoody Campus

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
[email protected]

Alicia Braswell
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Newton Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
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Ursula Thomas, Associate Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
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The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.