Fields of Study

Security, Intelligence, and Safety


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 lead 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 oldest and 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.

Safety, Security & Intellegence

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.

Professional Education

Embry-Riddle offers a range of continued education programs, corporate training, seminars, and workshops for individuals and organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry. Specialized professional development courses can be found under broader categories such as Aviation Safety & Accident Investigation and Pilot & Crew Training. For more information, visit Professional Education

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, US AID, 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

14% projected growth in safety field

Through 2019, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

37% projected growth in information security field

Through 2019, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics



Featured Projects

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.

Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab

At our Prescott Campus, you’ll find the Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab, which is the most complete facility of its kind in the nation — and the only one at any university. Here, aircraft accidents are recreated for study to give students field investigation experience. The lab features actual accident aircraft positioned as they were at the time of the incidents. The lab includes a Cessna 401A, a Piper PA-28-161, a Vaga Kachina airplane, a Cessna 140, and a Hughes 300 helicopter.

Robertson Aviation Safety Center

Whether you choose to study at our campus in Daytona Beach, Prescott, or Worldwide, you’ll have access to Embry-Riddle’s Aviation Safety and Security Archives, which holds rare, proprietary materials for student research. The impressive photographs, letters, reports, and other documents can be accessed on campus and digitally.

Daytona Beach Homeland Security Situation Room

Key labs for Safety & Security at the Daytona Beach Campus are the Cybersecurity Lab and Homeland Security Situation Room. In the Cybersecurity Lab, students can participate in attack-and-defend scenarios against classmates to simulate a threat to a computer network. In the Homeland Security Situation Room, the threats students prepare against are more tangible, such as terrorism and other emergencies.

Eagle Operations Center,

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. Intelligence is collected, analyzed, and interpreted — just as it is done at the agencies dedicated to protecting our national security.