Homeland security professionals work in an increasingly complex environment requiring high-level critical and creative thinking. Whether you’re a military officer or a government or private sector employee responsible for security operations and disaster preparedness, the M.S. in Homeland Security: Law & Policy degree will advance your technical expertise and enhance your value to your organization. Through a culminating simulation course, you will prove your readiness to manage an intensive homeland security crisis, providing front-line leadership in the following sectors:

  • Defense
  • Emergency Management
  • Immigration
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • Public Works
  • Transportation

Students must meet the university’s minimum criteria for graduate admission.

The Homeland Security curriculum provides a basic grounding in law and policy related to homeland security and advanced knowledge of specific homeland security fields.

The degree will require 33 hours for completion which will be comprised of 12 core hours (3 courses) and 21 elective hours (7 courses). None of the courses required for the degree require prerequisites.

Core courses:

  • LAW 815: International Dimensions of Homeland Security Law (3 hours)
  • LAW 816: Domestic Dimensions of Homeland Security Law (3 hours)
  • LAW 817: Practicum in Homeland Security (6 hours)

Elective courses:  The following is the list of initial elective courses:

  • JOUR 840: Topics: Crisis Communication 
  • POLS 682: Trafficking, Organized Crime & Terrorism:  US Government Response
  • PUAD 850: Intergovernmental Relations 
  • IT 710: Information Security and Assurance
  • IT 711: Security Management & Audit
  • CP&E 624: Plant and Environmental Safety 
  • PRVM 800: Principles of Epidemiology (School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health)
  • EVRN 725: Environmental Security 
  • LAW 818: Constitutional Limits on Intelligence Gathering
  • LAW 819: The Constitutional Rights of Prisoners in the War on Terror