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Master of Science in Homeland Security

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs in Homeland Security

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The Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHS) degree presents a unique curriculum covering federal homeland security enterprise.  The program covers domestic and global issues in security and resilience and develops competencies in theory, analysis, practice, and policymaking. Students will become conversant with the roles of technology, intelligence, risk assessment and law in establishing protection policies and procedures and in responding to and mitigating threats and disasters, whether natural or man-made.

Students will learn to develop policy, establish objectives, and understand the impact of operational decisions in both the domestic and international arenas, and cover the five mission areas of the homeland security enterprise of terrorism, border security, cybersecurity, immigration, administration, and emergency management as well as public safety and public administration issues.

The program is intended for adults who want to learn advanced aspects of homeland security and emergency preparedness and prepares students to guide and supervise both day-to-day operational and strategic planning and decision making, which is mandated in the post-9/11 era. Students who complete the Master of Science in Homeland Security will encounter a wide variety of career options. Many will utilize this degree with prior experience in security, police, or military service to advance in those fields. Those who are already experienced in those fields will utilize this degree to enter policy and leadership positions.

Those without formal security training, but with expertise in the health professions, engineering, business, or law, will find that this degree prepares them to utilize their disciplinary knowledge in security and all-hazards situations.

The areas of study position students to prepare for specific homeland security mission areas to advance professionally and strengthen the capacity of those who provide services in the homeland security arena and to protect the public interest.

Subject Area/Courses Credits
I. Core Requirements 18
Students select one of the following: (3)
II. Area of Study Electives
Students select one of the following areas of study and must complete all course work listed under the area of study designation.
A. Counterterrorism  
B. Cybersecurity  
C. Emergency Management  
III. Homeland Security Electives 3
IV. Capstone 3
Total Credits 36

*MPL-510: Research Methods in Public Service should be taken within the first 12 credits of the degree.

MSHS Area of Study

Counterterrorism provides students with a focus on counterterrorism and homeland security threats by looking at policy, preparation, management, and continuity throughout a crisis as it relates to enhancing intelligence collection, integration, analysis, and information-sharing capabilities. Courses cover intelligence, law enforcement, terrorism, as well as other homeland security mission areas and issues. Students who take this area of study will receive a graduate certificate in counterterrorism while completing their homeland security degree.

Partnering with the Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology, Cybersecurity provides students with the applied knowledge and skills needed to secure and defend information systems and digital assets. Students will learn important theoretical concepts combined with real-world applications and hands-on experience. Our innovative curriculum is designed with input from an advisory board of cybersecurity experts from industry and government. Courses are taught by scholar-practitioner faculty who are experts in the field of cybersecurity.

Required Courses Credits
CYB-510: Cybersecurity Foundations (3)
CYB-520: Network Defense and Security (3)
CYB-560: Cyber Forensics and Investigation (3)
CYB-570: Cyber Risk Management and Incident Response (3)
Total Credits 12

Note: Students who want to earn the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity while completing the degree can take CYB-580: Cybersecurity Strategy, Governance, and Ethics as their AOS Elective.

The area of study in Emergency Management was developed by applied practitioners and instructors in the field of homeland security and emergency management. This area of study provides for the application of science, technology, planning, management, and leadership in all the phases of emergency management in the event of natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other large-scale emergencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector levels. Students who take this area of study will received the graduate certificate in emergency management while completing their homeland security degree.

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About the MSHS Program



Estimated Cost of Degree:


Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $668 per credit
  • $298 graduation fee

Excludes books or other fees
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Up to 12 Credits

Toni M. Terry, BA

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