Homeland Security

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Boston

Why Homeland Security?

The Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security offers a comprehensive program of studies covering core elements of homeland security and emergency management at the graduate level.

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 rigorous, application-oriented curriculum is designed and written by full-time Northeastern University faculty.

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. Options for either an on-ground, hybrid, or online course of study allow maximum flexibility for professionals already in the field—Northeastern University is especially committed to supporting the educational and career aspirations of active duty military personnel and veterans with academic, financial, and transition support. The 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. Students build career-advancing, hands-on experience as they address current, real-world security challenges through classwork and teamwork.

Under our National Guard agreement, Homeland Security and Emergency Management professionals can leverage your NIMS certifications for program credit. To learn more about eligibility for this opportunity, please view our fact sheet.

Students can choose from four concentrations: Geospatial Services for Homeland Security, Organization and Infrastructure Continuity, Port Security or Emergency Management. Students will also benefit from the program's collaborative nature with Northeastern's Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University’s ALERT Center (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats), The Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems—a National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center, and The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, among others.


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Unique Features

  • Collaboration with Homeland Security Centers and Institutes
  • Option to participate in Co-op system, experiential learning, and an independent study project

Program Objectives

  • Examine all aspects of the disaster cycle
  • Understand the nature and sources of threats to social, political, and economic systems
  • Develop critical communication skills and techniques related to the public and media
  • Use geographic information technologies to gather and analyze relevant data

Career Outlook

Opportunities for employment in security positions are diverse, spanning government and private industry. They include: Emergency Management (at the federal, state, and local levels), Industry (particularly in banking, energy, manufacturing, and transportation/shipping), and Ports (maritime and aviation). Graduates of the MA in Homeland Security have secured jobs with: US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, US Department of State, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), among others.

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunity

About the National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute Opportunity

Northeastern University and the National Guard Bureau are joining forces. As a result, all graduates of the National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute (including National Guard, Coast Guard, and any Emergency Response personnel) can transfer 12 credits toward earning a Northeastern University Master of Arts in Homeland Security.

Successful applicants can experience the following:

  • Will recieve 12 quarter hours of transfer credit - a 25% savings in tuition
  • Will enjoy the convenience of a 100% online, interactive curriculum or choose to complete classes on ground in Boston
  • Connect with a global network of security employers, such as the U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the U.S. Department of State, and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

About the NIMS Certifications Opportunity

Northeastern University recognizes the knowledge and skills demonstrated by individuals with National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications.

Successful applicants can experience the following:

  • Receive up to 25% tuition savings with 8-12 quarter hours of transfer credit (*Type 1 Section Chief or Incident Commander may be eligible for additional credit)
  • Will enjoy the convenience of a 100% online, interactive curriculum or choose to complete classes on ground in Boston
  • Master's in Homeland Security offers and Emergency Management concentration
  • Connect with a global network of security employers, such as the U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the U.S. Department of State, and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

Contact us today for more information by completing the form on our page.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Arts in Homeland Security General Requirements

Required Courses 

HLS 6000 - Introduction to Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6010 - The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6020 - Technology for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6030 - Intelligence for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6040 - Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection
3.00
HLS 6050 - Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00

Capstone/Thesis

Complete one of the following: 

HLS 6983 - Topics in Homeland Security
1.00 - 4.00
HLS 7990 - Thesis
1.00 - 4.00
 

Please Note: Students that are interested in taking HLS 7990 need to first take GST 6109 Basic Field Research.

Elective

Complete one of the following: 

CJS 6105 - Domestic and International Terrorism
3.00
HLS 6035 - Advanced Intelligence Applications for Homeland Security
4.00
CJS 6125 - Issues in National Security
3.00
CJS 6005 - Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management
3.00
CJS 6430 - Risk Management
3.00
GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
4.00
CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
CJS 6964 - Co-op
0.00
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
3.00
CJS 5978 - Independent Study
1.00 - 4.00
GST 6109 - Basic Field Research Methods
4.00
 

Concentrations

Concentration in Emergency Management

HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
3.00
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
3.00
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
3.00
HLS 6150 - Essentials of Emergency Management
3.00
HLS 6155 - Critical Infrastructure, Security, and Emergency Management
3.00
HLS 6160 - Advanced Emergency Management
3.00
 
Concentration in Geospatial Services
HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
3.00
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
3.00
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
3.00
GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
4.00
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
3.00
Concentration in Organization and Infrastructure Continuity
CJS 6430 - Risk Management
3.00
HLS 6090 - Organization and Structural Continuity Planning
3.00
GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
4.00
ITC 6315 - Information Security Risk Management
3.00
ITC 6310 - Information Security Governance
3.00
Concentration in Port Security

Students selecting this concentration are only required to take 4 quarter hours of electives:

HLS 6100 - Maritime Port Security 1
4.00
HLS 6110 - Maritime Port Security 2
4.00
HLS 6120 - Aviation Security 1
4.00
HLS 6130 - Aviation Security 2
4.00
 

Note: HLS 6100 and HLS 6120 are recommended to be taken concurrently. 

Did You Know?

#1 ranking for our online Master's in Homeland Security in the nation (thebestschools.org).

From our Students

"The program has really trained us to open our minds and view the world from a multiplicity of critical viewpoints." — Christine Doucette, Current Student

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

Yes