Security Management

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Security Management offers students the opportunity to learn the principles and theories associated with various types of security, from international security to information security focused on protection of assets. You will study global terrorism, legal and ethical issues, physical security, program evaluation, and security administration. Graduates of this online bachelor’s degree are inclined toward professions that involve general public or private management, federal or local government civil service, military service, law enforcement, and private security.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Principles and theory of security issues
  • Security program evaluations
  • Security administration
  • Physical security assessments, threats, and methods
  • Research methods, communication, data collection, and data analysis
  • Contemporary issues in security management
  • International and domestic terrorism
  • Legal and ethical issues of security management

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Identify organizational security risk exposure; identify cost-effective mitigation strategies; and prepare for recovery strategies.
  • Employ the use of risk analysis and vulnerability assessment processes.
  • Critically examine the variety and extent of losses from criminal acts, natural disasters, and security breaches facing society.
  • Analyze concepts of information security, personnel security, and physical security and determine the planning approaches to prevent business losses.
  • Analyze the trends affecting security and loss prevention and determine the approaches to reduce losses facing businesses and institutions.
  • Evaluate, from a multi-disciplinary approach, non-traditional approaches to crime prevention.
  • Distinguish between traditional criminal justice roles, functions, and concepts as a reactive institution to the security roles as a preventive societal institution.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration  courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

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Government Security

Offers an overview of many of the primary laws and policies that drive the U.S. government’s security apparatus, such as the U.S. Constitution, executive orders, and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. Evaluates industrial and economic espionage threats and techniques in all forms and modes of attack, as well as information assurance techniques in U.S. government security applications.

Sample Courses

  • SCMT301 - Foundations of U.S. Government Security
  • SCMT302 - Protecting U.S. Government Facilities
  • SCMT303 - U. S. Government Personnel Security
  • SCMT392 - Industrial Espionage
  • ISSC361 - Information Assurance
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Information Security

Covers techniques and technologies used to design, develop, and deploy effective information security solutions against attacks; security planning and policy principles that focus on a variety of security guidelines, policies, and plans; and industrial espionage threats and techniques that use information technology modes of attack.

Sample Courses

  • ITMG381 - Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
  • CMRJ320 - Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications
  • SCMT392 - Industrial Espionage
  • ISSC362 - IT Security: Attack & Defense
  • ISSC421 - Computer and Network Security
  • ISSC422 - Information Security
  • ISSC471 - IT Security: Auditing
  • ISSC481 - IT Security: Planning and Policy
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Loss Prevention Management

Examines risk situations, management concepts and techniques, and the impact of safety and compliance policies from a company perspective. Topics include: various strategies and safety aspects of risk management; supply chain management’s role in retail operations; risks associated with the global distribution chain and mitigation; and the types of loss experienced by retailers.

Sample Courses

  • RTMG202 - Risk Management
  • RTMG220 - Retail Asset Protection
  • RTMG302 - Retail Operations
  • TLMT313 - Supply Chain Management
  • HRMT407 - Human Resource Management

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.