Master's Degrees in Homeland Security

Master's degree programs in homeland security prepare students to act as leaders in the prevention, response and defense against terrorist attacks and other critical incidents. Learn about these graduate programs' coursework, specialization areas and training options. Schools offering Criminal Justice degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in a Homeland Security Master's Degree Program?

A master's degree in homeland security teaches you how to manage and prevent natural and man-made catastrophes, such as terrorist threats and natural disasters that affect people, communities, organizational infrastructures and information systems. You also learn how to perform security risk assessments, plan an operational recovery and examine political terrorism. You may earn a Master of Science or Master of Arts.

Key Topics Discussed Terrorism, risk assessment, natural disasters, operational recovery, man-made catastrophes
Specializations Agricultural biosecurity, public health, terrorism, information security, geospatial intelligence
Additional Experiences Schools may offer field experiences through trips or co-op experiences with various organizations

Can I Specialize Within an Area of Homeland Security?

Many homeland security programs let you choose a specialization. Specializations can include agricultural biosecurity, geospatial intelligence, public health preparedness, terrorism and information security. If you select the public health preparedness specialization, you develop a basic understanding of the social, psychological, political and legal aspects of terrorism; you also learn about infrastructure protection, disaster readiness coordination and disaster communication. In the information security specialization, you study cyber threat forensics, network security, risk assessment, mitigations, emergency management and information assurance.

Will I Obtain Practical Experience?

Some programs sponsor field trips to areas where homeland security is a major issue, such as Mexico. If you visit or choose a school located near the U.S.-Mexico border, you may be able to study and conduct research in a 'living laboratory' where experiments and analysis are conducted in a real settings under ongoing consideration. For example, the Department of Homeland Security views certain cities, like San Diego, as top potential targets for terrorist attacks and focus areas for border security concerns as well as natural disasters like fires, floods and earthquakes. You might also participate in co-op experiences with homeland security officials, first responders and non-governmental organizations on the local, regional, national or international level.

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