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Cyber Defense and Homeland Security

The United States faces potential threats from within and beyond its borders. With our Cyber Defense and Homeland Security undergraduate degree, you’ll be prepared to protect against hostile threats and support emergency preparedness and response efforts. This degree focuses on devising and deploying strategies, critically analyzing policies, and understanding ethics and privacy concerns.

Address cyberattacks, terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, supply change issues, border security, energy, transportation, climate change, natural disasters, and more to protect citizens and communities. Meet our advisory committee of professional experts who inform the curriculum. 

Learn More About the Program

The Cyber Defense and Homeland Security degree is different from Criminal Justice and Computer Science-related degrees and is not heavily technical. This degree focuses on protecting the whole of society and the U.S. critical infrastructure through operational and strategic knowledge. It encompasses governmental, private sector, economic, financial, and societal concerns. Courses align with academic programming advanced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. 

Dr. Chris Dolan teaches a homeland security class

Two Components, One Major

Cyber Defense Component

Protect against threats including terrorism and extremism. Focus on cyber management, risk analysis, and planning and management of systems for critical infrastructure protection.

Homeland Security Component

Learn about intelligence operations, open-source intelligence analysis, and disaster planning and emergencies. This part of the program emphasizes resilience in protecting security sectors including elections, the environment, financial institutions, healthcare, defense, utilities, education, immigration, and more.

#1 Job
Intelligence Analyst (100 Best Jobs of 2022, U.S. News & World Report)
Projected job growth for information security analysts (2022-2032, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Median annual pay for information security analysts with less than five years experience (2022, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Intelligence & Security Studies Master’s

Pursue a career immediately after graduation or enroll in LVC’s Master of Science in Intelligence & Security Studies Program (MSISS) to add to your credentials. LVC’s MSISS puts you at the forefront of national security policy and intelligence analysis. This online-only program gives you the flexibility to complete a degree in as fast as one year, if you’re enrolled full-time.

In Their Words

With hundreds of thousands of job openings in government, law enforcement, and private sector businesses, our Cyber Defense and Homeland Security Program prepares students for the job of today and tomorrow. Our students are trained to write and think critically, analyze complex topics, and use next-generation technologies and open-source intelligence tools to understand and counter cyber and physical threats to the U.S.
Dr. Chris Dolan, Program Founder and Director