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Security Management

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Security Management focuses on the principles and theories associated with various types of security, from physical security to security administration that focuses on the protection of assets. Many organizations need experienced security managers, security guards, and security officers to protect businesses' assets and to proactively prevent internal or external attacks. Field work in the areas of executive protection and recovery, trade secret protection, background investigations, surveillance, IT security, and cybersecurity are but a few choices available in the security management field.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace.  View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic terms in security management and its theories.
  • Assess management theories and apply concepts of planning, resources, and authority to security organizations.
  • Identify and discuss the major aspects of physical security, associated threats, and application of countermeasures.
  • Explain the basic procedures and rules of personnel security and the specialized terms associated with information security.
  • Draw conclusions about the role a security leadership has in establishing the foundation of private security programs.
  • Establish how security managers test and align functional performance or their security organization incorporating legal issues and ensuring ethical approaches.
  • Evaluate and use a methodology of quality assurance, including the merits of a performance-based standards approach towards total asset protection.
  • Draw conclusions about a value-added contribution in the world of tangible and intangible assets.
  • Detect how corporate security managers can effectively communicate strategic security issues and actions to other business departments and managers.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU 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 APU admissions 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, APU offers 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

APU 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.