Contact Information
Chairperson: Timothy Hack
Dept. Assistant: Judy Robinson
Phone: 732.906.2590
Fax: 732.603.7049
Location: Raritan Hall
History & Social Science
 Contact Information
Chairperson: Timothy Hack
Dept. Assistant: Judy Robinson
Phone: 732.906.2590
Fax: 732.603.7049
Location: Raritan Hall

Homeland Security

Associate in Arts (A.S.) Degree
The Homeland Security degree program was established in response to the nation’s growing homeland security needs. The degree is designed for students to gain foundational knowledge and skills in order to secure borders, airports, waterways and seaports; prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters; provide counter-terrorism and law enforcement intelligence support; and employ the latest security technology. It can be completed in two years, with credit hours totaling 61-64. We offer evening and online classes and have an average professor/student ratio of 1:15. This degree is designed to transfer. Students may choose to take advantage of our dual admissions agreement with New Jersey City University’s National Security Studies Bachelor of Science program, which is offered on both the NJCU and MCC campus. Experiential credit may be given for veterans or law enforcement officials with extensive training in Homeland Security.

Curriculum & Courses

Homeland Security 61-64 Credits

Are there any prerequisites or requirements to enter this program?   

No.  However, students are expected to have either completed developmental courses or tested out of them prior to entering many of our courses. 

What can I do with an Associate’s Degree in Homeland Security?

The Homeland Security-A.S. is designed for transfer.  However, employment opportunities are available, such as TSA Agents and private security.  Graduates will learn the foundational knowledge and skills to work in a variety of settings and capacities such as private businesses, emergency management, safety management intelligence analysis, private security, airports, law enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Air Marshals, customs investigators, special agents, military service and border patrol.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

The MCC Homeland Security-A.S. is designed to be completed in a two year time frame, averaging 15-16 credits a semester. 

I have a busy life, are your courses offered online or in the evening?

Many of our General Education courses are offered online and in the evening.  Introduction to Homeland Security is also offered in the evening.  We are currently evaluating the potential of adding more online and evening sections in the future. 

I am a veteran or law enforcement official with extensive training in some areas of Homeland Security, can I get course credit for my experience/training?

Yes, contact the Center for Veteran Services for information on how to obtain experiential credit. 

Career Opportunities

Career Coach

Salary Ranges: $39,677-$136,771

Potential Careers: Border Patrol Agent, CIA Analyst, CIA Officer, FBI Agent, Immigration Enforcement Agent, Federal Air Marshal, ICE Agent, Secret Service Agent, TSA Screener

How Much Will You Save?

Our graduates start at Middlesex and transfer to prestigious colleges and universities such as Kean, Rutgers, NJCU, and more. They get the same degree, but save thousands off the cost of tuition! Starting at Middlesex County College first and then transferring to New Jersey City University will save you almost $6,000 compared to those who went to NJCU for all four years. You’ll save $8,770 by starting at MCC and then going to Kean, and $21,902 if transferring to Rutgers.

In-County Tuition & Fees for 1 year: $3,420
Books & Supplies for 1 year: $2,000
Financial Aid Assistance Available

Department Contact Information

Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email:
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Upon completing this program students will be able to:

  1. Model successful strategies to effectively evaluate contemporary security challenges facing the United States and other industrialized nations.
  2. Simulate effective interpersonal communication, decision-making and critical thinking skills.
  3. Outline the processes leading to effective integration of security and emergency management procedures.
  4. Employ a foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities in appropriate leadership roles in emergency management, civil security and public policy.
  5. Articulate the basic ethical and legal issues affecting the ability of security professionals to operate effectively in both the public and private sectors.
  6. Restate the appropriate policy needs at the local, state and federal level that reflect evolving strategic initiatives associated with homeland security
  7. Identify the basic process of collection, analysis and dissemination of information necessary to address contemporary threats and vulnerabilities.
  8. Explain inter-agency cooperation in sharing intelligence information.