Inside Look at the Online Master’s in Homeland Security

Online master’s degrees in homeland security teach specialized skills and knowledge that prepare graduates to protect the public from natural disasters, terrorist activity, cyberattacks, and other national emergencies. The guide helps you find the best online master’s programs, become familiar with the degree’s curriculum, and get answers to your important questions.

2020’s Best Online Homeland Security Master’s Programs

There are many online master’s in homeland security degree options to choose from. Choices are great, but it can make choosing the right school challenging. To help you get started, we’ve created the following list of top-quality programs. To better tailor the list to your needs and preferences, you can sort and filter by the qualities that matter most to you – from tuition rates and degree type to financial aid availability and beyond. Learn more about this year’s standout online master’s programs in homeland security.

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1 East Carolina University Greenville, NC ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The curriculum of ECU's Master of Science in Security Studies degree takes a holistic approach to the security field, combining study in a number of important areas, including public administration, criminal justice, natural science, computer technology, and more. In addition to the 36-credit hour program's core degree coursework, students select an area of emphasis to provide a specific focus to their studies. There are four emphasis options: International Security, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, Science and Technology Security, and Homeland Security. All required degree core courses are available online, as is all coursework to complete the Homeland Security and International Security emphases. However some classes for the other emphasis options, along with some elective courses, are available only on the ECU campus.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,348 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid49% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
2 National University La Jolla, CA ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

National University's Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management brings together the issues of terrorism, homeland security, and emergency planning and response to provide students with the necessary leadership skills to deal with natural and man-made disasters. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 54 quarter units of graduate coursework culminating in a capstone project. Students may transfer in up to 13.5 quarter units of previously-earned applicable coursework from another institution. All academic work for this degree is accessed and completed entirely online with no on-campus visits or other in-person requirements. The program features four-week accelerated classes and monthly starts. Military service members and their dependants are eligible for tuition discounts.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students13,240 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid4% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$59,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
3 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The Master of Science in Homeland Security from Angelo State University combines key theoretical and practical aspects of a range of homeland security topics, including terrorism and counter-terrorism, intelligence, infrastructure, and particularly border security. Earning the degree requires completion of five required courses in subjects such as ethics, geographic information systems, and national security policy, along with six homeland security elective courses and final capstone course that ties together all knowledge and skills learned in the degree program. Classes are presented in an eight-week format. All academic work for the degree is accessed and completed 100% online. Credit may be awarded for relevant training and experience gained during military service.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,840 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid60% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
4 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Nova Southeastern University's Master of Science in National Security Affairs and International Relations prepares students for leadership positions in governmental agencies and private industry. The 36-credit hour curriculum is founded on seven core required courses aimed at developing critical analytical skills necessary for professional and academic work in the national security field. Students additionally complete 15 credit hours of elective courses. A Cyber Security Concentration option is also available, with students who select this option completing specific concentration courses in place of nine credit hours of electives. Coursework is offered in both fully-online and hybrid (online/on-campus) formats. Students choosing the hybrid format will attend their in-person classes on the NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. In addition to the coursework, students choose between writing a directed thesis and passing a comprehensive examination as their culminating program experience.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students10,045 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid99% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
5 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell, MA ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The University of Massachusetts - Lowell offers a Master of Arts in Security Studies with several concentration options, including one in Homeland Defense that can be earned entirely online. Students opting for the Homeland Defense concentration develop knowledge and skills in a variety of key homeland security areas, including infrastructure protection, security policy and strategy, intelligence, and maritime and border security. The emphasis is on the big picture policy perspective. Earning the degree requires completion of 30 total credits of required and elective courses, finishing with a capstone research paper on a homeland security topic of the student's choosing. Tuitions rates are the same for both Massachusetts and out-of-state residents.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,943 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid76% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
6 Towson University Towson, MD ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The Integrated Homeland Security Management Master of Science degree offered by Towson University provides students with broad-based knowledge and skills in several key areas, including analysis and development of security strategies, agency infrastructures, research, and team leadership. The five courses that make up the required core coursework for the degree are the same courses required to earn Towson's Security & Management Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Students additionally choose a specialization in Health Preparedness, Security Policy, or Information Assurance. All academic work for this 36-credit hour degree program is presented 100% online, including the culminating capstone project. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and three years of post-bachelor's work experience in a related field, such as security or information technology.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,862 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid42% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$50,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
7 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

SHSU's Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies is designed for working professionals seeking to develop their policymaking and strategic thinking skills to advance into supervisory and other leadership positions in the homeland security field. The 36-credit hour degree program is offered 100% online with no campus visits required. Courses are, however, available both online and at the campus's Woodlands Center. There are three program track options available. Fully-online students are limited to the Capstone and Elective Course option in which students complete a three-credit capstone project and an additional elective course. Students not completing all of their degree requirements online may also be eligible for either the Thesis or Internship tracks. The highly-competitive internship option is available only to students in the greater Houston or Huntsville areas and who are recommended for an internship by the program's faculty.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students10,547 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid9% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
8 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Through its eNSU Global Campus, Northwestern State University of Louisiana offers two distance learning degree options for homeland security master’s students. The Master of Science in Homeland Security provides an understanding and analysis of emerging globalization issues as they relate to homeland security. The fully-online degree program is available in two options. The Thesis option requires completion of 30 credit hours of coursework, while the Non-Thesis option requires completion of 36 credit hours of coursework and passing of a comprehensive final exam. The purpose of NSULA’s online Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Development is to prepare graduates to work with adult learners. The degree is available with a Concentration in Homeland Security that teaches students how to prepare large-scale training programs for dealing with security threats for law enforcement and municipal management professionals. Successful completion of this degree program does not alone lead to teaching licensure or certification, and prospective students are advised to determine if the program will allow them to gain necessary licensure or certification in their states.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,224 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid65% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$34,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The curriculum for Johns Hopkins University's 100% -online Master of Arts in Global Security Studies is founded on three "pillars" - economic security, military security, and energy and environmental security - for understanding and analyzing global security challenges and opportunities. The program consists of 12 required and elective courses covering the range of security issues as well as the research study process. The entire program can be completed in 16 to 24 months. A thesis is not required. Instead, students take a Research Study Seminar during which each student writes a journal article-length paper on a topic of their choice that incorporates the knowledge gained and research methods learned in the course of their degree studies.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students9,822 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid52% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$73,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
10 Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Colorado Technical University offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree with a Homeland Security concentration that explores criminal justice issues of law, policy, and society as they relate to homeland security. The curriculum of this 48-credit hour program includes core degree and concentration-specific courses in subjects such as Criminology and Public Policy, Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making, and Terrorism and Homeland Security Management. The program culminates with a capstone project in which students develop insight into homeland security concepts by applying the knowledge and skills gained in their coursework. All degree requirements are completed 100% online. CTU offers a number of cost-saving options, including corporate alliance grants and discounts for active-duty military. Students may also be able to save time and money by receiving credits for past experience and training, certification, and testing, as well as by transferring in credits earned for coursework completed at another educational institution.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students25,093 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid15% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
11 Pace University-New York New York, NY ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,792 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid95% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$60,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
12 Endicott College Beverly, MA ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students1,765 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid92% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$51,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
13 Wilmington University New Castle, DE ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,839 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid16% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
14 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students633 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid97% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$50,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
15 LIU Riverhead Riverhead, NY ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students31 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid0% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$49,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
16 Thomas Edison State University Trenton, NJ ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students11,945 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid0% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$49,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
17 American Public University System Charles Town, WV ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students46,420 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid52% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$62,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
18 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,580 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid78% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
19 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus University Park, PA ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students14,301 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid21% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$50,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
20 The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students9,764 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid27% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
21 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students2,517 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid81% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
22 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ ONLINE HOMELAND SECURITY MASTER'S PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students1,572 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid93% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$48,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.

Key Learning Objectives and Requirements for the Online Homeland Security Master’s

With today’s reliance on technology, issues that arise from global warming, and the political and cultural instability around the world and at home, the potential for loss of life from terrorist acts and natural disasters has never been greater. To help combat these increased risks, many universities have developed special graduate programs to better train homeland security and emergency management professionals. Online master’s in homeland security programs touch on several important topics and provide graduates with an extensive skillset.

Academic Subjects Covered

With so many schools offering homeland security online master’s degree programs, there is great variation in the curriculum offered. However, there will be a core set of subjects that nearly every program will cover. The subjects include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Threat Identification
  • Modern Infrastructure
  • International and Domestic Law and Governance
  • Emergency Management
  • Policy Development
  • The Political Process
  • Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness

Practical Skills Learned

Homeland security is an important profession, with the mission of protecting property and most importantly, human lives. To effectively accomplish this goal, graduates can expect to build the following skills in their online master’s in homeland security program:

  • Interagency communication and cooperation
  • Analysis of security protocols
  • Development of defense strategies within a legal framework
  • Understanding economic and financial resource limitations on homeland defense
  • Research planning and analysis
  • Leadership
  • Ethical application of homeland security procedures

Common Graduation Requirements

Once enrolled, students need to attend class and complete assignments. Each program will be different, but here’s an idea of what to expect.

  • Choosing an area of concentration
  • Taking core courses (about 20 credits)
  • Taking elective courses (about 20 credits)
  • Completion of a final capstone project or thesis

Typical Coursework for Online Homeland Security Master’s Programs

Curious about what kind of classes to expect? Here’s a list of some of the more common ones you’re likely to encounter during your online master’s degree program in homeland security. Keep in mind that some schools may have different names or might combine or split some of the listed courses.

Strategic Planning and Funding

Homeland security involves the coordination of many agencies, departments and programs. This course looks into the strategic implications that budget decisions can have on interagency cooperation as well as disaster prevention and response.

Homeland Security and Resilience

This class delves into how to help a community, organization, and nation mitigate and survive an attack or national disaster, and the effect such efforts can have on infrastructure and support systems.

Introduction to Homeland Security in the United States

Students learn about the basic and fundamental components of the programs, organizations, key people, and procedures in place to keep the United States safe. This will include analyzing ways to improve and change current procedures.

Emergency Communication

Homeland Security and Intelligence

Protection of Infrastructure

Final Thesis

Concentrations Available for Students in an Online Homeland Security Master’s Program

Given how diverse a topic homeland security is, most online homeland security programs at the master’s level will offer several concentrations. This opportunity to specialize is a major reason professionals decide to earn a graduate degree in homeland security. Five of the more popular concentrations include:

Emergency and Disaster Management

As its name indicates, this concentration focuses on how to handle serious disasters. Students review strategic policy and detailed tactics for infrastructure protection, community hazard identification, continuity of operations, and the use of geographic information technologies.

Cybersecurity

This concentration has two components. The first deals with overall strategy concerning the legal and administrative framework for cyber integrity. The second reviews cybersecurity defense, offensive operations against adversaries, and obtaining intelligence.

Counterterrorism

Transportation

Logistics

How to Apply for a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Online

Each school has a unique application process, with differing levels of complexity and competitiveness. But most schools require similar admissions components. These include:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree
  • Letters of recommendation

Some schools will have more specific requirements, including test scores from an entrance exam, or a degree or work experience in a homeland security or disaster management-related program or professional field. Many schools have a rolling admissions schedule, meaning students can apply anytime, with multiple start dates throughout the year.

What Can You Do with an Online Master’s in Homeland Security?

Those who earn a master’s degree in homeland security are well-suited to take on roles in the private and public sectors. Many graduates find employment at state, local, and federal departments and agencies. Others find opportunities to work for private corporations, providing consulting services or implementing protection plans for company assets and personnel. From assessing potential dangers to coordinating a response to an emergency, this degree can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each professional, no matter which sector they decide to work in.

Because most positions in the emergency and first responder field require a bachelor’s degree or less, a master’s degree will usually allow professionals to fulfill middle to upper leadership and management roles. The master’s degree will also allow for specialization in an area that requires a unique set of skills or knowledge. Depending on the particular job in the homeland security field, graduates can expect to see job growth of around 5 to 9 percent over the next 10 or so years. However, the need for homeland security professionals can easily rise to higher-than-expected levels with the increasing prevalence of natural disasters and domestic and international conflicts.

Here are three possible career options for master’s in homeland security graduates:

Emergency Management Director

Emergency management directors prepare for natural disasters and emergencies and help coordinate the response of first responders to these situations. Emergency management directors also identify potential risks and analyze how existing plans and procedures must be altered to more effectively handle emergencies.

2018 Median Salary: $74,420

Criminal Investigator or Special Agent

Criminal investigators and special agents work in the law enforcement field to investigate possible criminal behavior. This includes gathering, identifying, processing, and confirming potential evidence, as well as providing a recommendation as to whether criminal prosecution is possible.

2018 Median Salary: $81,920

First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives

These professionals coordinate police activities. This includes the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, coordination of police investigations, training or facilitating the training of law enforcement personnel, allocation of resources, and responding to disruptions to law and order.

2018 Median Salary: $89,030

FAQs About Getting Your Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Online

How long does it take to earn an online master’s in homeland security?

Most master’s degree homeland security online programs consist of about 30 to 40 credit hours. This means students attending class full-time will take about two years to earn their degree. However, self-pacing allows you to take classes in what amounts to part-time schooling. In this case, expect to take three years to finish. Completing the program in about a year is sometimes possible, depending on the amount of transfer and outside academic credit for work experience the school offers.

How much does an online master’s degree in homeland security cost?

Cost is one of the most important factors in deciding whether to get a degree and which specific program to enroll in. To give you a better sense of what you can expect to pay, we have listed the estimated tuition costs for several schools with online master’s programs in homeland security. Keep in mind that these numbers do not include additional fees. To get the most accurate financial picture of a particular school, please go directly to a school’s website.

School Name No. of Credits Cost/Credit Est. Total Tuition Cost
Northeastern University 26 to 33 N/A $32,670
Purdue University Global 55 (quarter credits) $420 $23,100
Trident University International 40 $540 $21,600
American Military University 36 $350 $12,600
Arizona State University 33 $532 $17,556

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