ASHLS program is available to enroll for the November 11, 2019 Fastrac session.
Earn an Associate of Science in Homeland Security (ASHLS)
Develop the skills you need to begin your career with an online Associate of Science in Homeland Security (ASHLS) degree from Trident University. With our fully online college degree program, you will enjoy convenience and flexibility as you:
- Prepare for a career in U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Trident University Homeland Security educated practitioners careers include the U.S. Department of Labor, FEMA, U.S. Department of State, FBI, in addition to federal, state, or local law enforcement, and private groups.
- Learn to use technological tools as an integral component of America’s emergency management enterprise working to ensure the successful prevention, protection, and mitigation of hazards to human life.
- Apply knowledge from a multidisciplinary context to make optimal real-world decisions.
- Learn the homeland security terminology to communicate with interagency and others in the field.
- Learn to apply appropriate interdisciplinary sources and quantitative skills as they relate to homeland security and emergency management natural and man-made scenarios.
- Make decisions and act in a legal and ethical manner in times of disasters.
Disclaimer: The ASHLS program is not currently approved for VA benefits. Trident has applied for approval with the State Approving Agency and anticipates the approval decision soon. Students may contact Trident at to obtain information about other tuition financing options.
Online Homeland Security Program Overview
The program begins with exploring the fundamentals and ethics of homeland security, moves to interagency planning, and ends with the HLS 230 course in which the student will submit original work that will reflect an integration of most coursework topics. Security scenarios and disaster simulations which provide a sense of realism will be included in courses. The EdActive™ Learning Approach emphasizes learning that is structured on case-based approach to ensure your education is well-suited for the real world.
Students learn about how our country’s Homeland Security organizations protect our domestic and international communities. The ASHLS fundamental program’s focus is on the integral component of America’s emergency management enterprise, working to ensure the successful prevention, protection, and mitigation of hazards to human life.
ASHLS graduates can continue to advance their education by applying all of their earned ASHLS 60 credits towards Trident’s Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security program.
See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.
The Associate of Science in Homeland Security program requires 60 credits for degree completion. You will take 44 semester credits of program core and general education coursework. Students will be able to transfer up to 16 credits against free electives.
- A diploma or proof of graduation from an accredited or state approved high school, or its equivalent
- At least 12 semester hours of transferable college credit or documented military training* as defined by Trident’s transfer policy. *Proof of military service includes successful completion of basic training, documented in an official military transcript (JST, CCAF, etc.)
- Proof of English proficiency (international students only; see section on English Proficiency in the Trident University Catalog)
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all transferable coursework; Military students who have less than 12 semester hours of military experience must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all high school coursework.
If you plan to transfer potential credit, please review our transfer policy.
- Credits are considered for transfer from:
- Any regionally or nationally accredited college or university
- The American Council on Education (ACE)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST/DANTES)
- The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
- Other non-traditional forms of learning as deemed appropriate by College Deans or designees.
- Decisions on the transfer of credits are ultimately at the discretion of the College Deans or designees.
- Students may formally appeal transfer decisions to the Provost or designee. Appeals must be submitted in writing and must be accompanied by supporting documentation or evidence such as a course syllabus.
- Students are urged to review the specific policy statement applicable to each degree program regarding maximum transferable credits to the program and concentration, or both.
- Transfer credits will not be included in the calculation of overall GPA.
Transfer students can review the full transfer credit policy in the Trident University Catalog.
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Tuition cost for the associates program:
|tuition type||per credit||per course||per year*|
|Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members||$320||$1,280||$6,400|
|Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees||$250||$1,000||$5,000|
- Books and Supplies: $0
- Bounced Check Fee: $30
- Course Materials: $0
- Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
- Doctoral Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
- Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
- Graduation Fee: $150
- Lab Fee: $25-69 (for students enrolled in courses with a lab portion)
- Official Transcript: $10 (rush fee $35)
- Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
- Payment Plan Set-up: $30 (non-refundable)
- Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
- Technology Fee: $0
- Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.
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