Security, Intelligence, and Safety
Fields of Study

Embry-Riddle Advantage

As communication and technology continuously advance, the scope and scale of security and intelligence issues become increasingly important. 

Today, individuals, corporations, and governments have a vested interest in protection against cyber threats, natural disasters, occupational illness and injuries, conflicts, or from criminal acts. 

Now, more than ever, highly trained Security, Intelligence and Safety professionals are sought by businesses, governments, and military.

For over a decade, Embry-Riddle has offered programs in Security, Intelligence, and Safety led by accomplished and experienced faculty. We prepare 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; and prepared for a career in security and intelligence for government or private enterprise.

One of the first of its kind in the nation, an undergraduate degree in Homeland Security provides skills and experiences in a wide variety of national and international security topics, including law, policy, strategic planning, cybersecurity, cultures, languages, intelligence, terrorism, environmental security and critical infrastructure protection.

Global Conflict Studies helps shape the way governments, organizations, and private industries handle disputes and threats. The degree focuses on the management and resolution of the issues at hand and explores the most effective methods. In addition to security and intelligence, our nation needs individuals 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.

Students look in microscope with professor

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

Our Industrial Psychology and Safety degree program focuses on how behavior, cognition, and personal attitudes impact safety in a wide variety of industrial and aviation settings. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other groups continue to prove that human error is the leading cause of aviation accidents and incidents. Embry-Riddle is one of only a few universities conducting research in this specific area. 

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

Our graduate programs provide students with a higher level of education for those who seek a career focused on Security, Intelligence, and Safety. Students interested in conflict and society's ability to withstand and recover from resource deficiencies, extreme events, and disasters will find a program suited to their interests and pursuits. 

Cybersecurity is also available at the graduate level for those who are interested in identifying and defending against cyber-based attacks and protecting sensitive information.

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

At Embry-Riddle, you'll build professional relationships and gain hands-on experience through internships that will positively impact your future.

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

Degrees & Programs

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

We currently offer a variety of bachelor’s and master’s programs in Security, Intelligence, and Safety. Each program provides the necessary skills, confidence in your abilities, and  opportunities to succeed within the industry.

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

Career Outlook

As societies become increasingly complex, the Security, Intelligence, and Safety fields emerge to identify and protect against threats. The global environment demands specialists who can address, resolve, and prevent future safety, security, intelligence, and emergency management concerns.

From aircraft accident investigators and security specialists to cybersecurity professionals and intelligence officers, careers in Security, Intelligence, and Safety 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, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), local emergency management centers, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, cybersecurity-focused companies, the military, and private defense firms.

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

  • Police and detectives earn a median annual salary of $62,960, and private detectives and investigators can earn $50,700 per year.
  • Forensic science technicians can earn a median annual income of $57,850.
  • Those in cybersecurity as information security analysts earn median annual salaries of $95,510.
  • Emergency management directors can earn $72,760 per year.

17% projected growth in Forensic Science Technicians

17% projected growth for forensic science technicians

Through 2026, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

28% projected growth for information security analyst positions

28% projected growth for information security analysts

Through 2026, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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 delivers a quality academic experience by expert faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and 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.