Homeland Security, MA

The Master of Arts in Homeland Security is intended to prepare the next generation of emergency managers and homeland security professionals for leadership roles in the public and private sectors. The degree offers a comprehensive program of studies covering core elements of homeland security and emergency management at the graduate level, including management skills, intelligence gathering and analysis, risk management, emergency planning and management, legal issues, technological issues, and social psychology. The master's in homeland security program is designed to develop high-level operational expertise through the application of the above content to the implementation of emergency response protocols as executed in the United States.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

HLS 6000Introduction to Homeland Security3
HLS 6010The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security3
HLS 6020Technology for Homeland Security3
HLS 6030Intelligence for Homeland Security3
HLS 6040Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection3
HLS 6050Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security3
CMN 6050Crisis Communication3

Capstone/Thesis

Complete one of the following:4
Topics in Homeland Security
Thesis (Please Note: Student that are interested in taking HLS 7990 need to first take GST 6109 Basic Field Research)

Concentration

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Emergency Management

HLS 6060Strategic Planning and Budgeting3
HLS 6070Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems3
HLS 6080Continuity of Operations and Planning3
HLS 6150Essentials of Emergency Management3
HLS 6155Critical Infrastructure, Security, and Emergency Management3
HLS 6160Advanced Emergency Management3

Concentration in Geospatial Services

HLS 6060Strategic Planning and Budgeting3
HLS 6070Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems3
HLS 6080Continuity of Operations and Planning3
GIS 5103Foundations of Geographic Information Science4
GIS 6394Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action3

Concentration in Organization and Infrastructure Continuity 

CJS 6430Risk Management3
HLS 6090Organization and Structural Continuity Planning3
GIS 5103Foundations of Geographic Information Science4
ITC 6315Information Security Risk Management3
ITC 6310Information Security Governance3

Concentration in Port Security 

Students selecting this concentration are only required to take 4 quarter hours of electives.
HLS 6100Maritime Port Security 1 (recommended taken conconcurrently with HLS 6120)4
HLS 6110Maritime Port Security 24
HLS 6120Aviation Security 1 (recommended taken conconcurrently with HLS 6100)4
HLS 6130Aviation Security 24

Elective

Complete one of the following:3-4
Domestic and International Terrorism
Advanced Intelligence Applications for Homeland Security
Issues in National Security
Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management
Risk Management
Security and Terrorism
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
CJS 6964
Interdisciplinary Foundations
Integrative Experiential Learning
Independent Study
Basic Field Research Methods

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required