Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies

The Master's of Science in Homeland Security Studies is a unique program that provides a comprehensive understanding of the homeland security enterprise to individuals wanting to advance their knowledge, skills, and qualifications within this field. The broad educational objective of the program is to graduate leaders who will possess the skills to assess issues, analyze policies, and make informed decisions.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Homeland Security program must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  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. An essay that demonstrates the capacity to write at the graduate level.  The essay topic is: defining homeland security.
  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.

Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies (Internship)
Required Courses
SCST 5339Foundations of Homeland Secur.3
SCST 5396Research Methods - Homeland Security Studies3
SCST 5344Unconventional Threats3
SCST 5336Law and Ethics in Homeland Security3
SCST 5348Critical Infrastructure Protection3
SCST 5335Global Perspec in Homeland Sec3
SCST 5346Information & Intel Mgmt3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
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
Digital Forensics Investigatn
Digital Security
Selected Problems in Geography
Internship and Capstone
SCST 6370Internship in Security Studies3
SCST 6365Doct/Praxis in Homeland Sec3
Total Hours36
Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies (Without Internship)
Required Courses
SCST 5339Foundations of Homeland Secur.3
SCST 5396Research Methods - Homeland Security Studies3
SCST 5344Unconventional Threats3
SCST 5336Law and Ethics in Homeland Security3
SCST 5348Critical Infrastructure Protection3
SCST 5335Global Perspec in Homeland Sec3
SCST 5346Information & Intel Mgmt3
Electives
Select four of the following:12
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
Digital Forensics Investigatn
Digital Security
Selected Problems in Geography
Capstone
SCST 6365Doct/Praxis in Homeland Sec3
Total Hours36