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Potential MSHS Degree Timeline

This is a hypothetical timeline that shows how a student can complete the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree program at Thomas Edison State University in about 18 months.

To demonstrate how you could progress through the program over an 18-month period, we are using the January term as your first term and move through the program during the four graduate terms offered each year. Each term is 12 weeks.

The timeline is informational in nature and does not represent an actual program plan. Enrolled graduate students work with our deans and academic advisors to develop a program plan that maps out how a student will complete their degree and whether they can transfer previously earned graduate credits or earn graduate credit for what they know through prior learning assessment.

Term (runs for 12 weeks) Courses To Take
First Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of January
  • MPL-510: Research Methods in Public Service (3 credits)
  • HLS-500: Terrorism and Homeland Security in the U.S. (3 credits)
Second Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of April
  • HLS-501: Natural Disasters (3 credits)
  • HLS-510: Protecting the Homeland: Balancing Security and Liberty (3 credits)
Third Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of July
  • HLS-620: Preparedness: Prevention and Deterrence (3 credits)
  • HLS-630: Protecting the Homeland: Response and Recovery (3 credits)
Fourth Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of October
  • HLS-615: Domestic and Global Intelligence for Security Management (3 credits)
  • HLS-625: Technology and Information Security (3 credits)
Fifth Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of January
  • HLS-610: The Psychology and Sociology of Disaster (3 credits)
  • HLS-611: International Legal and Ethical Issues (3 credits)
  • One elective (3 credits)
Sixth Graduate Term:
Starts beginning of April
  • HLS-640: Administration and Finance for Security Professionals (3 credits)
  • MPL-710: Public Service Capstone (3 credits)