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.
- 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
- 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
45-47 total quarter hours required.
Note: HLS 6000 Introduction to Homeland Security required in first term.
Complete two of the following (6-8 quarter hours):
Students selecting this concentration are only required to take 4 quarter hours of electives:
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