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Master of Science in Homeland Security
The Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHS) is a 39 credit-hour degree program designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills to enable them to succeed in the field of Homeland Security. The program emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of Homeland Security.

The MSHS program is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a master's degree as a prerequisite for entry to the field, as well as the needs of students who are currently employed in the field and want to broaden their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is accomplished by offering sufficient foundation courses for a student who did not major in homeland security at the undergraduate level, as well as sufficient electives to accommodate students who did.

The MSHS program consists of core courses covering theory, research, scholarship, emergency management, security, preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation, international relations, legal, technology, quantitative analysis, and homeland security administration, a capstone course, and one elective course

MSHS Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
  • Analyze critical areas of importance to Homeland Security
  • Evaluate the barriers that affect joint-departmental cooperation, communication, and information sharing
  • Create and implement workable Homeland Security policy that improves upon existing standards using various considerations such as information technology
  • Apply knowledge about various international and domestic terrorist entities and the underlying conflicts that foster their existence
  • Design research studies and define appropriate statistical methods to be used to address current problems in the protection of the general public
MSHS Core Courses
CJ 620 Criminalistics
HS 500 Homeland Security
HS 510 Emergency Management
HS 521 Physical Security
HS 523 Aviation Security
HS 602 Hazard Mitigation
HS 611 Disaster Recovery
HS 620 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
HS 625 Issues in Bioterrorism
MGT 560 International Relations
MGT 564 International Law and Organization
MSHS Capstone Course
CJ 699 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Elective Courses (Select One)
COMM 500 Communication and Soft Skills
GOV 600 Structure and Function of Government
MGT 530 Leadership and Organization
MGT 610 Principles of Public Sector Management
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