Security Management

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Security Management provides advanced-level knowledge of asset protection, loss prevention management, security program evaluation, international security, and security management ethics and administration. This online master's degree offers you the opportunity to examine and analyze the principles, theories, and application of security management. Because security threats come from multiple online and offline sources, knowledgeable employees are needed in all industries to help develop security plans and protect data and other valuable organizational assets. This online master’s program helps prepare you for career advancement in security management in federal or local government, military service, law enforcement, and private security.

Program Courses

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

  • Asset protection and loss prevention management
  • Private and public sector security program evaluation
  • Contemporary issues in security management
  • Security management ethics
  • Executive decision-making skills
  • International terrorism and international security management
  • Homeland security and defense
  • Security architecture and program administration
  • Airport security design and physical security systems design
  • Research methods for criminal justice and security

Note: When enrolling in this program, you will be required to take a capstone course as your end-of-program requirement. Some courses in this program require proctored exams.

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Program Objectives

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

  • Recognize and critically analyze the various forms of liability associated with the security management industry.
  • Provide cost-effective measures for architectural security design for facilities, airport security, and critical infrastructures.
  • Integrate and adapt security concepts and services from traditional approaches to address vulnerabilities to new technologies.
  • Evaluate the technologies of security systems, information security, and asset protection methodologies, and construct a reasonable view through critical thinking, to draw logical conclusions towards objective perspectives.
  • Assess the security function as it pertains to complex specializations in safety, safeguarding sensitive assets, and conducting vulnerability assessments.
  • Relate and associate historical, economic, equity and social perspectives of security measures and associate them to contemporary needs of protection and loss prevention.
  • Apply the principles of scientific management to security management as a unique discipline.
  • Apply the concepts of professional and ethical behavior to security programs and organizations.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • 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.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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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. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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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.