Security Degree Programs

There is a range of careers available in the world of security from physical protection and information security to loss prevention and asset protection. A security degree teaches you the leadership, management and administrative skills to enter this vital field. Our faculty have extensive experience in security management, so they understand where you want to go and how to get there.

University of Phoenix is committed to helping students achieve their goals through the convenience and flexibility of online or on-campus security degree programs. The Prior Learning Assessment process allows you to apply relevant school or work experience toward college credits. Additionally, you can access financial planning tools and information on scholarship opportunities to help pay for your degree.

About Our Security Degrees

The College of Security and Criminal Justice provides curricula that emphasizes current theories. Focusing on experience-based learning, students have access to dynamic online simulations derived from real-world situations. The end result is a deeper understanding of security best practices.

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A degree in security opens up a wide, wide world of career options. Watch this video to find out what your future may hold.

The programs that can help you get there

Watch an overview of the security industry’s growth and the University of Phoenix programs that can help you get onto this exciting career path.

Enterprise Security Competency Model

University of Phoenix has created the competency model that security professionals throughout the industry need to be successful. These competencies — validated by the ASIS Foundation and adopted by the U.S. Department of Labor — serve as the model around which our security programs below are built.
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Associate Degree in Security

Our associate degree academically prepares students for positions as security practitioners. You’ll develop the critical thinking, creative decision-making and management skills to enable professional success. Career paths with this degree include security managers, protective service workers, loss prevention managers and more.

Bachelor’s Degree in Security

For those looking to enter or advance in the security field, our Bachelor’s degree can provide a solid educational foundation. It is designed to address an increasing national and international need for greater technical competence and professionalism in the industry. Our Bachelor’s degree in Security educationally prepares students for careers as security managers, compliance managers and emergency management directors, among others.

Certificates in Security

If you need specialized security knowledge but not a full degree, we offer security certificates that can be taken independently of a degree program.  If you decide later that you want to pursue a degree, your certificate credits will transfer directly into our associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Master’s Degrees in Security

With our Master’s Degree, students prepare to take the next step toward becoming a leader in both the public and private sectors. These programs provide students with problem solving skills that blend industry theory with best practices and practical application. Our Master’s Degree is designed for security practitioners, pre-service students and second career students. It prepares students to seek executive, advanced or transitional opportunities in the management of loss prevention, physical security, security infrastructure and more.


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Educational Partnerships

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We support collaborative efforts with ASIS Foundation®, the leading organization for security professionals, which seeks to identify professional competencies, trends and workplace priorities in the field of security.