MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program is designed to prepare students to pursue leadership positions in the homeland security and emergency management fields. Read more about the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at Kaplan University here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of program is it?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program, which is an online program, includes criminal justice, social science, public policy, and leadership business courses. Students have the opportunity to study research methodology, crisis and emergency management fundamentals, public sector leadership, and homeland security policies, principles, procedures, and plans. This program is designed to focus on technology, economics and resource availability, regulation and law, ethics, security and policy making, homeland defense, and interagency cooperation. Students must complete an applied research project capstone.

What are the prerequisites?

Before enrolling in the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at Kaplan University, applicants should already have a bachelor's degree and be interested in helping protect others. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED. Since the program is offered online, applicants need access to a computer.

What are the course requirements?

To earn Kaplan University's Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management applicants must complete 55 credits. This includes 40 credits of core courses and 15 credits of elective requirements. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Requirements

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Public Safety
  • Research Methodology
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety
  • Crisis and Emergency Management Fundamentals
  • Homeland Security Policies, Principles, Procedures, and Plans
  • Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Applied Research Project Capstone
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Specialized Criminal Statutes and Complex Investigations
    • Critical Issues in Terrorism
    • Public Administration and Management
    • Finance and the Administration of Public Funds
  • Choose two of the following:
    • Risk, Vulnerability, and Capability Assessment Methods
    • Planning and Operations in Crisis and Emergency Management
    • Planning for WMD and Mass Casualty Crises
    • Mitigation and Preparedness Issues for Emergency Management
    • Program Evaluation
    • Crisis Intervention

What could I do after I graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program could be prepared to pursue leadership positions in the homeland security and emergency management field, or in the private or public sectors and with the government on local, state, or federal levels. Responsibilities could include preparing for or dealing with natural disasters or acts of terrorism.

Positions that graduates could pursue include:

  • Border patrol agent
  • Counter terrorism consultant
  • Emergency manager
  • Emergency specialist
  • Homeland security agent
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Protective security advisor
  • Security specialist