Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies is a unique program that provides a comprehensive security management program to individuals wanting to advance their knowledge, skills, and qualifications within the dynamic field of security. This specialized degree program will produce professionals who are best qualified to meet the intersecting demands of the criminal justice system and homeland security. The broad educational objective of the program is to graduate managers and leaders, individuals who will possess expertise in both theoretical and experiential dimensions of security management.


Admission

Admission considerations include:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. An undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution in an allied field
  4. Official transcripts of all academic coursework previously undertaken
  5. Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors referencing the applicant’s ability to perform graduate work
  6. A current resume
  7. A personal essay regarding career background and goals.
  8. International students ONLY: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)—a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required

A holistic review of each student’s application will be completed on a competitive basis.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security Studies (Internship)

Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security Studies (Internship)
Course Name Hours
Required Courses (21 credit hours)
Choose all from:
SCST 5339 Foundations of Homeland Security 3
SCST 5396 Res Meth-Homeland Security Studies 3
SCST 5344 Unconventional Threats 3
SCST 5336 Law and Ethics in Homeland Security 3
SCST 5348 Critical Infrastructur Protection 3
SCST 5335 Global Perspectives in Homeland Security 3
SCST 5346 Information and Intelligence Management 3
Electives (9 credit hours)
Choose three from:
Any SCST course with a number higher than 5000 
Any CRIJ course with a number higher than 5000 with preapproval
Any POLS course with a number higher than 5000 with preapproval
DFSC 5327 Digital Forensics Investigation 3
DFSC 5334 Digital Security 3
GEOG 5075 Selected Problems in Geography
Internship and Capstone (6 credit hours)
Choose all from:
SCST 6370 Internship 3
CRIJ 6388 Capstone 3
Total 36

Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security Studies (Without Internship)

Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security Studies (Without Internship)
Course Name Hours
Required Courses (21 credit hours)
Choose all from:
SCST 5339 Foundations of Homeland Security 3
SCST 5396 Res Meth-Homeland Security Studies 3
SCST 5344 Unconventional Threats 3
SCST 5336 Law and Ethics in Homeland Security 3
SCST 5348 Critical Infrastructur Protection 3
SCST 5335 Global Perspectives in Homeland Security 3
SCST 5346 Information and Intelligence Management 3
Electives (12 credit hours)
Choose four from:
Any SCST course with a number higher than 5000
Any CRIJ course with a number higher than 5000 with preapproval
Any POLS course with a number higher than 5000 with preapproval
DFSC 5327 Digital Forensics Investigation 3
DFSC 5334 Digital Security 3
GEOG 5075 Selected Problems in Geography
Capstone (3 credit hours)
Choose all from:
CRIJ 6388 Capstone 3
Total 36

Courses

Security Studies (SCST)
Criminal Justice (CRIJ)
Digital Forensics (DFSC)
Political Science (POLS)
Geography (GEOG)

 


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