Online Programs for Security and Global Studies Professionals

A Letter From the Dean

Welcome to American Public University’s (APU) School of Security and Global Studies. We will challenge you to think in ways you haven’t thought before and to apply educational theory to real-world situations.

Earn a respected degree from APU’s School of Security and Global Studies. The School prepares dedicated professionals to address the complex challenges facing public safety, national security, and intelligence communities. APU is a leading provider of affordable education to military and civilian professionals worldwide. Coursework is online, providing flexibility to earn a degree or certificate at a pace that accommodates busy schedules.

This is considered the University’s flagship School, as it is home to many of our most distinctive programs, including:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Fire Science
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence Studies
  • International Relations and Global Security
  • Legal Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Strategic Intelligence

Check out all of the programs in the School of Security and Global Studies.

Why APU’s School of Security and Global Studies?

Leading-Edge Experiences. Some of our programs, like Emergency and Disaster Management, are introducing gamification and simulation based on real-world application. Discover, for example, what it is like to work in a municipal emergency operations center through a simulated environment.

Faculty with Real-World Expertise. Have you ever considered your life a disaster – literally? Well, you’ll want to know that our faculty are “masters of disaster.” They have been on the front lines in safety, security, and intelligence professions, and they’ll share their valuable, firsthand knowledge with you. As a student, you will also be able to engage with faculty actively applying their research to the field and work with them in contributing to publishing opportunities.

Experiential Learning. Students in our criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, homeland security, international relations, national security, and security management programs can seek an internship. Our students have interned at locations such as NCIS, the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, the Red Cross, FEMA, and the U.S. Department of the Interior—National Park Service, to name a few.

Accredited & Respected. APU is part of American Public University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress ( has accredited our programs in Emergency and Disaster Management and Fire Science. These accreditations are an acknowledgement of the rigor of our programs and the respect they’ve earned.

All of our programs are designed to empower graduates with substantial knowledge coupled with the analytical and leadership skills that are relevant to the industry today.

As you get ready to take the next step, explore our programs. Scroll this page to learn more about APU, then fill out the form to request information or call an admissions representative at 866-991-8856.

Mark Riccardi, PhD, Dean
School of Security and Global Studies

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