Homeland Security

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Why Homeland Security?

Northeastern University’s Master of Arts in Homeland Security provides students with the skills necessary for the next generation of homeland security leaders in both the public and private sectors.

The Master in Arts in Homeland Security is designed for students who seek leadership roles in the ever-changing, challenging homeland security field. Our program helps students understand the importance of seeking solutions through a whole-of-government approach and partnerships with the private sector.  
From global pandemics, to wildfires in California, hurricanes along the East Coast, and bombings at public events, it’s clear that America faces a number of threats to our national security each and every day. These threats and others require dedicated homeland security professionals to ensure we are all safe. 

Our Master of Arts in Homeland Security focuses on providing the leadership skills, emergency planning and management tools, and verbal and written communication expertise to prepare our students to meet the challenges of an uncertain world. With critical and reflective thinking at the forefront of the curriculum, graduates are prepared to make timely, well-reasoned judgments to protect our way of life.

Whether you are considering a career in the homeland security field—or are looking to advance within your current role—a Northeastern University master’s degree in homeland security will help you to achieve your goals.


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Unique Features

  • Career-advancing degree: With hands-on and career-oriented coursework, the curriculum enables students to “learn it tonight, use it tomorrow.” Coursework is specifically designed to immediately provide the skills and knowledge desired in the industry.

  • Tailor your degree to your career goals: Choose from one of four concentrations—Emergency Management; Organization and Infrastructure Continuity; Geospatial Services; or Port Security.

  • Flexible learning formats: With courses offered 100% online, on campus in Boston or Charlotte, or in a hybrid format, you can complete your degree without putting your life on hold.

  • Network and learn from expert security professionals:Our faculty are practicing, recognized experts with years of experience in national and homeland security. They provide students with valuable insights from their careers. Faculty include former FBI Supervisory Special Agents, CIA analysts, and experts who have advised presidents, Congress, and key organizations.

  • Northeastern’s commitment to advancing innovations in security: Security is one of Northeastern’s three research and programmatic focal areas. Our university-wide commitment to guide and advance innovation in security, intelligence, and resilience is bolstered by our dedicated research centers and institutes focused on security issues.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the next generation of homeland security in both the public and private sectors
  • Provide the leadership skills, emergency planning and management tools, and verbal and written communication expertise to prepare our students to meet the challenges of an uncertain world
  • Provide a whole-of-government understanding of homeland security with an emphasis on the importance of partnering with the private sector in a global context
  • Focus on exposing students to a strategic-level understanding of the wholistic approach in the homeland security field and the private sector’s integral role

Career Outlook

  • Opportunities for employment in security positions are diverse, spanning both government and private industry. They include:
    • Emergency management (at the federal, state, and local levels)
    • Industries such as banking, energy, manufacturing, and transportation/shipping
    • Ports (maritime and aviation)
  • Past graduates of the program have gone on to work for:
    • U.S. Secret Service
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • FBI
    • The U.S. Department of State
    • Naval Criminal Investigative Services
    • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
    • Raytheon

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Arts in Homeland Security General Requirements

Required Courses 

CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
HLS 6000 - Introduction to Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6010 - Contemporary Threats to Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6020 - Technology for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6030 - Intelligence for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6040 - Critical Infrastructure and Protection
3.00
HLS 6050 - Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security
3.00

Capstone/Thesis

Complete one of the following: 

HLS 6983 - Topics in Homeland Security
1.00 - 4.00
HLS 7990 - Thesis
1.00 - 4.00
 

Please Note: Students who are interested in taking HLS 7990 need to first take GST 6109 Basic Field Research.

Elective

Complete one of the following: 

CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
CJS 5978 - Independent Study
1.00 - 4.00
CJS 6005 - Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management
3.00
CJS 6105 - Domestic and International Terrorism
3.00
CJS 6125 - National Security—Law and Policy
3.00
CJS 6430 - Risk Management
3.00
GST 6109 - Basic Field Research Methods
4.00
GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
4.00
HLS 6035 - Advanced Intelligence Applications for Homeland Security
4.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
3.00
 

Concentrations

Concentration in Emergency Management

HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
3.00
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
3.00
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
3.00
HLS 6150 - Essentials of Emergency Management
3.00
HLS 6155 - Critical Infrastructure, Security, and Emergency Management
3.00
HLS 6160 - Advanced Emergency Management
3.00
 
Concentration in Geospatial Services
GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
4.00
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
3.00
HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
3.00
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
3.00
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
3.00
Concentration in Organization and Infrastructure Continuity
CJS 6430 - Risk Management
3.00
GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
4.00
HLS 6090 - Organization and Structural Continuity Planning
3.00
ITC 6315 - Information Security Risk Management
3.00
ITC 6310 - Information Security Governance
3.00
Concentration in Port Security

Students selecting this concentration are only required to take 4 quarter hours of electives:

HLS 6100 - Maritime Port Security 1
4.00
HLS 6110 - Maritime Port Security 2
4.00
HLS 6120 - Aviation Security 1
4.00
HLS 6130 - Aviation Security 2
4.00
 

Note: HLS 6100 and HLS 6120 are recommended to be taken concurrently. 

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

#1 ranking for our online Master of Arts in Homeland Security in the nation (thebestschools.org).

From Our Alumni

"The program has really trained us to open our minds and view the world from a multiplicity of critical viewpoints." — Christine Doucette, Alumna

Average Time to Completion

1-1.5 years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No