Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness provides you with a fundamental understanding of terrorism, terrorist weapons, security vulnerabilities, extremist groups, counterterrorism tactics, and national security.  The U.S. military, government agencies, and defense contractors need knowledgeable individuals to help them plan for, deter, and recover from terrorist incidents. This online associate degree helps you to prepare for a career as a security officer, law enforcement officer, or security specialist with organizations concerned with national security, public safety, and counterterrorism.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Psychology and behavior of terrorists and their organizations
  • Chemical, biological, and radiological weapons
  • Legal, regulatory, and other issues of weapons of mass destruction
  • Homeland security and defense key operations and policies
  • Private sector homeland, border, coastal, and port security
  • Intelligence’s role in homeland security

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Recognize the threat to the U.S. posed by both domestic and international terrorist groups and state actors armed with weapons of mass destruction.
  • Describe the threat posed to society by chemical agents.
  • Relate the threat posed to society by biological agents.
  • Identify the threat posed to society by radiological and nuclear terrorism.
  • Review the use of detection and monitoring equipment and personal protection and decontamination practices for the first responder.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.