Discover B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis

Analyzing Intelligence

The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) bachelor's degree program will prepare you to become part of a highly trained analytic workforce that can address the security and risk challenges that face individuals, organizations, and the nation. With an SRA degree, you will be armed with skills that could help:

  • make the world a safer place
  • evaluate and manage threats
  • analyze information and assess risk
  • prepare and write analytical briefs
  • leverage analytical tools and methods like ArcGIS and Analyst Notebook

“Simulations are my favorite part in SRA because you get to have that hands-on experience and apply all the skills and analytic techniques you’ve been learning in the classroom to a simulated event.”

Jessica Tatone, Class of 2020

Finding Your Fit

Security and Risk Analysis might be the right program for you if:

  • you want to protect people, information, and assets from manmade and natural threats
  • you want to understand the role of data in protecting individuals, organizations, and our country
  • you are mission oriented, a critical thinker, and wish to put your problem-solving skills to work to make the world a safe place
  • you want to make informed strategic decisions that help to defend critical infrastructures that supports our daily lives

Developing Your Skills

In the Security and Risk Analysis program, you’ll prepare to recognize, communicate, and address the analytic needs of a wide range of security and risk domains, including national security, emergency management, law and crime, and enterprise risk management.

Sample Courses

Review the Suggested Academic Plan to see the courses you could take, including:

  • SRA 231 – Decision Theory and Analysis
  • SRA 311 – Risk Analysis in a Security Context
  • SOC 012 – Criminology
  • NAVSC 311 – Evolution of Warfare

Advancing Your Education

You can also pursue an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree, which allows you to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years—a shorter period of time than if the degrees were pursued separately.

NSA/DHS Recognition

The College of IST is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. SRA graduates can earn a Letter of Recognition and Certificate of Achievement from these agencies, which certify that the student graduated from an institution and program whose security-related faculty, resources, curricula, and commitment were evaluated and found to be of high quality.

Discovering Your Path

At the College of IST, every undergraduate student is required to complete at least one internship before graduating. With more than 300 organizations actively recruiting students and a dedicated Career Solutions team, you’ll have the resources and opportunities to get your career off to a strong start.

Potential Careers

Past Student Internships

Examples of the work done in past SRA internships held by our students include:

  • developing security policies for employees participating in world travel
  • creating, testing, and implementing network disaster recovery plans
  • helping organizations prepare for and recover from natural disasters and other natural threats
  • developing up-to-date disaster recovery plans for critical applications, hardware software, and IT sites

Recent Graduate Positions

Examples of positions our graduates have recently accepted include:

  • Application Security Specialist
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Computer Forensics Specialist
  • Counter-Terrorism Analyst
  • Information Protection Associate
  • Intelligence Research Analyst
  • Risk Assurance Associate
  • Security Analyst

“The variety of topics covered in the SRA curriculum and its focus on critical thinking skills has allowed me to adapt to different projects, skills, and communication styles in the workplace.”

Bailey MacDowell, Class of 2020


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