Security, Intelligence, and Safety
Fields of Study

Embry-Riddle Advantage

As society continues to globalize through advances in communication and technology, the scope and scale of safety, security, and intelligence issues become increasingly important to everyone. 

Today, individuals, corporations and governments are interested in protection against cyber threats, natural disasters, occupational illness and injuries, conflicts, or from criminal acts. 

Now, more than ever, highly trained safety, security and intelligence professionals are sought by businesses, governments and military.

For over a decade, Embry-Riddle has offered programs in safety, security and intelligence led by accomplished and experienced faculty preparing students in sophisticated learning environments for the many exciting and dynamic careers offered in these fields.

In our programs, students develop analytical skills, technical acumen, and the critical thinking necessary to resolve security breaches, identify threats, and effectively prepare for hazards and emergencies of all kinds.

Scenario-based experiences are used in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies program to identify a variety of potential threats. Graduates emerge with a solid foundation in foreign language, an understanding of world cultures, foreign policy and law, prepared for a career in security/intelligence for government or private enterprise.

One of the first of its kind in the nation, the undergraduate degree in Homeland Security is designed to provide skills and experiences in a wide variety of topics related to national and international security including law, policy, strategic planning, cybersecurity, cultures and languages, intelligence, terrorism, environmental security and critical infrastructure protection, all of which are highly valued in the private and public sectors.

Global Conflict Studies helps shape the way governments, organizations, and private industries handle disputes and threats, and the degree focuses on the management and resolution of the issues at hand in the most effective methods. In addition to security and intelligence, our nation has need for those who can address and resolve conflicts that occur on a local, national, and global level.

Those who study Emergency Services examine the science and techniques employed by emergency response teams.

Aerospace and Occupational Safety graduates are prepared to address issues related to flight and workplace safety. Their expertise will be preventing, responding, and resolving safety-based scenarios in any industry

Our new Industrial Psychology and Safety degree program focuses on the manner in which behavior, cognition, and personal attitudes impact safety in a wide variety of industrial and aviation related settings. The FAA and other groups continue to prove that the leading cause of aviation accidents/incidents is human error and ERAU is one of only a few universities conducting research in this specific area. 

Those who study Cyber Intelligence and Security delve into the critical issues related to information protection and the essential need to protect the world’s computer systems against multiple threats. 

The graduate programs provide students a higher level of education for those who seek a career focused on safety, security and intelligence. Students interested in the nature of conflict and the ability of society to withstand and recover from resource deficiencies, extreme events and disasters, will find a program suited to their interests and pursuits. 

The increasingly important area of cybersecurity is also available at the graduate level for those who are interested in identifying and defending against cyber-based attacks, and protecting sensitive/classified information and the identity of clients, employees and society.

Regardless of which degree program you select, you’ll have opportunities throughout your studies to put your skills to the test in labs, on group projects, and in consulting endeavors with real-world clients. 

Building professional relationships and gaining hands-on experience through internships will be among the opportunities that will positively impact your future.

Embry-Riddle’s global reputation for excellence paves the way for internship and career opportunities.

Degrees & Programs

If you are already working in the safety and security industry or considering this field for your future, Embry-Riddle offers degree programs worth considering.

We currently offer bachelor’s programs in conflict, safety, security, and intelligence, and master’s programs in cybersecurity, safety, and security. Each program provides the requisite skills, the confidence in your abilities, and the opportunities to succeed in the field.

Examine our degree programs to learn which most closely aligns with your career goals.

Career Outlook

The safety, security, and intelligence fields are emerging as societies become increasingly complex and threats are identified on a daily basis. The global environment demands specialists who can address, resolve, and prevent future safety, security, intelligence, and emergency management concerns.

From aircraft accident investigators to security specialists, from cybersecurity professionals to intelligence officers, careers in safety, security, and intelligence are projected to grow and evolve with the changing needs of government entities and private corporations.

Your degree can take you anywhere, including the CIA, FAA, FBI, USAID, local emergency management centers, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, cybersecurity-focused companies, the military, and private defense firms.

Median annual salaries for careers in safety, security, and intelligence are promising according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and several of these career fields have high-levels of expected growth.

  • Safety officers and specialists working in top government positions or general medical and surgical hospitals can earn $65,000 to $100,000, or more
  • Police and detectives earn a median annual salary of $56,980, and detectives and criminal investigators earn around $76,730. Private detectives and investigators can earn $45,740 per year
  • Forensic Science Technicians can earn a median annual income of $52,840
  • Those in cybersecurity as information security analysts earn median annual salaries of $86,170
  • Emergency directors can earn $59,770 per year



Learning Environments

Safety and security students at Embry-Riddle can take advantage of unique, modern facilities and gain access to an archive of rare materials.

College of Business at Embry-Riddle Prescott

Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • The Daytona Beach Campus has dedicated lab space for the safety and security degrees. The Aircraft Accident Forensics Lab, or Crash Lab, gives students hands-on experience in aviation accident investigation.
  • In the Homeland Security Situation Room, threat scenarios are developed so that students know how to react against terrorism and other emergencies.
  • In the Cybersecurity Lab, students participate in attack-and-defend situations against classmates to simulate a threat to a computer network.

College of Business at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach

Prescott, AZ Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • The Global Security and Intelligence Studies’ Eagle Operation Center on the Prescott Campus replicates a situation room where students work to investigate and solve scenarios that threaten security.
  • The Computer Security and Forensics Lab allows students to learn skills that include security breach prevention and detection and how to perform a forensic examination of a computer system to identify hidden files and capture digital evidence.
  • The Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab features actual accident aircraft positioned as they were at the time of the incidents for students to study field investigation.
  • Students also have access to Embry-Riddle’s Aviation Safety and Security Archives, which holds rare, proprietary materials for student research.
  • Embry-Riddle Worldwide operates more than 135 campus locations across the globe and delivers a quality academic experience with expert faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and our Online Campus. Flexible scheduling and locations close to home are specifically suited for busy working professionals, active-duty military and veterans, and students with families.
  • EagleVision, a virtual classroom, combines the power of Web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.
  • Embry-Riddle students go on to have thriving careers in the aerospace, aviation, engineering, business, and tech industries.