Homeland Security

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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 degree 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 MA 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. Students can choose from three concentrations: Emergency Management and Geographic Information Technologies, Organization and Infrastructure Continuity, or Port Security. Students will also benefit from the program's collaborative nature: Northeastern University’s ALERT Center (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) is a multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. It is one of 12 Centers of Excellence across the country that conducts transformational research, and technology and educational development for effective response to explosives-related threats.

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.

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, known as the nation’s homeland security educator, has been providing homeland security graduate and executive education since 2002, and is now collaborating with Northeastern University. The Master’s in Homeland Security degree incorporates homeland security and emergency management course content researched and developed by this Center.

 


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Unique Features

  • Online program allows for flexible and enhanced learning for professionals already in the field
  • 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

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Arts in Homeland Security General Requirements

45-47 total quarter hours required.

Required Courses 

Note:  HLS 6000 Introduction to Homeland Security required in first term.

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

Elective Courses

Complete two of the following (6-8 quarter hours):

HLS 6035 - Advanced Intelligence Applications for Homeland Security
4.00
HLS 6983 - Topics in Homeland Security
4.00
CJS 6105 - Domestic and International Terrorism
3.00
CJS 6125 - Issues in National Security
3.00
CJS 6000 - Management for Security Professionals
3.00
CJS 6010 - Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment
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
4.00

Concentrations

Concentration in Emergency Management
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
3.00
HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
3.00
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
3.00
GIS 5101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3.00
GIS 5102 - Fundamentals of GIS Analysis
3.00
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 5101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3.00
GIS 5102 - Fundamentals of GIS Analysis
3.00
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:

Note: 

HLS 6100 Maritime and Port Security recommended to be taken concurrently with HLS 6120

HLS 6120 Aviation Security recommended to be taken concurrently with HLS 6100

HLS 6100 - Maritime and Port Security 1
4.00
HLS 6110 - Maritime and Port Security 2
4.00
HLS 6120 - Aviation Security 1
4.00
HLS 6130 - Aviation Security 2
4.00
HLS 6140 - Port Security Capstone
4.00

Did You Know?

#1 ranking for our online Masters 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