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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 encompasses 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.

Learn why we made Best Masters Program’s Top 25 Online Homeland Security Master’s Programs list.

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

About the MSHS Program



Estimated Cost of Degree:


Based on:

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

Excludes books or other fees
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Up to 12 Credits

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Toni M. Terry, BA

"I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self."

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