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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Program of Study


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Critical Inquiry and Communication in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity OR Cybersecurity Basics
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity
  • Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Concentration Courses

Choose 12 credits in one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Homeland Security

100 Hours of Approved Training 

  • Foundation: 30 hours
  • Professional Development: 20 hours
  • Community Engagement: 15 hours
  • Concentration Specific: 35 hours


Experiential Learning

Choose two:

  • Contemporary Issues in Security and Preparedness
  • Washington in Perspective
  • Washington Internship
  • External Internship Experience in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity
  • Research Internship Experience in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity 
  • Exercise Design and Implementation 
  • Experimental and Service Learning in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity 
  • Capstone Project in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity
  • Special Topics in Research, Applied and Experimental Learning
  • Independent Research
Career Paths & Concentrations
Emergency Preparedness

Minimize risk to people, property, small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations by evaluating hazards, responding to emergencies and disasters, and coordinating shared community resources and equipment.

Required Courses

  • Preparedness and Response
  • Mitigation and Recovery

Sample concentration courses: Introduction to Climate Change; Crises and Vulnerable Populations; Advanced Threat and Hazard Assessment; Military Forces in Support of Civil Authorities; Disasters and Crisis Management in the Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors; State and Regional Planning.

Leads to a Bachelor of Arts

Homeland Security

Secure America's towns, cities, borders, airports, seaports, and waterways as a skilled member of law enforcement, immigration and travel security agencies, prevention and response teams, and mission support organizations.

Required Courses

  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Homeland Security Risk

Sample concentration courses: Forensic Science Investigation; Latin American Drug Wars; The Diplomacy of the Nuclear Age; Introduction to Intelligence; Human Trafficking; Policing a Free Society; Cross-National Crime; Violent Political Crime.

Leads to a Bachelor of Arts

Cybersecurity Risk Management

Help companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations protect sensitive and proprietary information from data breaches, hackers, inside threats, and natural disasters like fires and floods.

Required Course

  • Cybersecurity Basics

Sample concentration courses: Information Security and Assurance; Cybersecurity Policy, Law and Institutions; Cyber Threats and Intelligence; Advanced Networking Security; Human Aspects of Cybersecurity.

Leads to a Bachelor of Science

Honors Program


The Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Honors Program engages well-qualified majors in more immersive research and writing. The coursework provides you with the tools and strategies needed to complete an independent and original honors thesis project.

In addition to the regular requirements for the EHC major, students in the Honors Program complete an additional seven credits:

  • Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • Research Methods Course
  • Senior Honors Thesis Project

For more information about the Honors Program, please contact [email protected].

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Applied Learning

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity provides an experiential learning component to all students. Through authentic simulations, work with real-world clients, and research in contemporary and highly relevant topics, students will further their classroom learning in an applied environment. The college partners with various offices, agencies and centers that help to provide research and training opportunities for students, academics, and professionals.

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:


MS in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity (Risk, Policy & Compliance or Health Security & Privacy concentrations) 
This NSA-designated master’s program teaches you how to rapidly detect and deter malicious network intruders and use special forensics tools to gather and analyze digital evidence. (This combined program is only available for the BS with a concentration in Cybersecurity Risk Management). 

MS in Information Science 
This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Alumni Outcomes


Through coursework, training and experiential learning, UAlbany’s Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity program prepares you for careers in government agencies at the federal, state and local levels, as well as support and nonprofit organizations. 

Recent alumni employers include:

  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • NY Police Department
  • NYS Department of Transportation
  • Bridgeport Fire Department
  • CrowdRx
  • CIA
  • FBI
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Hands-On Learning for UAlbany CEHC Students

"This program opened so many doors for me and provided so many experiences I could never have imagined."

- Elizabeth Doerr, '17

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of risks, generate an analysis of options for mitigating risks, select the most appropriate mitigating actions for each risk, develop contingency and crisis response plans, communicate the risk assessment to a variety of audiences, and evaluate risk management plans (i.e., risk management).
  • Critically analyze arguments by identifying assumptions, understanding claims, evaluating evidence, and drawing a conclusion (i.e., critical thinking).
  • Recognize and formulate effective written and oral communication, giving appropriate consideration to audience, context, format, and textual evidence (i.e., communication).
  • Design and implement strategic plans and creative solutions in novel and evolving circumstances (i.e., problem solving).
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethical principles in general and the ability to recognize, articulate, and apply ethical principles in concrete situations related to emergency preparedness, homeland security, and cybersecurity (i.e., ethical analysis).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and the ability to assess social equity in management and policy decisions through courses that focus on topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, physical ability, language, and/or social class (i.e., diversity).
  • Work effectively in teams in evaluating policies, managing projects, and implementing programs as well as effectively managing conflicts, optimizing resources and meeting deadlines (i.e., teamwork and project management).
  • Comprehend of the theory and practice of homeland security and be able to analyze policy and synthesize information in five key areas: risk and vulnerability analysis, terrorism, intelligence and counter-terrorism, intergovernmental coordination, and ethics.
  • Understand the theoretical and practical principles of emergency preparedness for both natural disasters and terrorist incidents and be able to analyze key topics related to natural disasters, extreme events, emergency planning, all-hazard management, and ethics.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies