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Master of Science: Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Specialization

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security program at the University of Arizona Global Campus is designed to prepare you for future leadership positions in areas of emergency management, terrorism response, and threat assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

From threat assessment to terrorism policy development, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security program at the University of Arizona Global Campus addresses all aspects of emergency and terroristic prevention, response, and recovery. Topics discussed in the area of specialization include methods for mitigating the consequences of hostile acts, causes of terrorism, the impact of terrorism, resource and risk management in homeland security, and how even suspected threats can impact society. In major courses, you could expect to learn about criminal justice policy development, criminal behavior, legal and law enforcement systems, criminal law, constitutional issues, and victimology. This is a 100% online program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in this MA in Criminal Justice program, you might display strong assessment, organization, and collaborative skills, as homeland security leaders must have the ability to evaluate possible threats, organize security programs, and collaborate with various agencies to establish counterterrorism measures and response systems. You must also hold a bachelor's degree to be eligible for this or any master's degree program at UAGC. Applicants to the University of Arizona Global Campus should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Thirty of the total credits needed to earn this MS degree are taken in the major curriculum; the remaining nine credits reflect the area of specialization coursework. You must also reach a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to meet graduation requirements.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CRJ 501 Criminal Justice, Criminal Law & the Constitution
CRJ 510 Criminal Justice Policy & Theory
CRJ 512 Criminological Theory
CRJ 514 Constitutional & Judicial Processes
CRJ 520 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJ 522 Psychological Factors in Criminal Justice
CRJ 524 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRJ 613 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CRJ 615 Victimology
CRJ 697 Capstone: Evaluation & Program Analysis in Criminal Justice

Homeland Security Specialization Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CRJ 623 Homeland Security
CRJ 628 Terrorism: Threats & Strategy
CRJ 633 Risk Assessment

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you hold the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security, you could be ready to assume management positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FEMA, or similar government agency. You might also seek these positions in private security firms, corporate security departments, or law enforcement. You might oversee the development of emergency response systems and teams, counterterrorism programs, risk assessments, and policies addressing cyberterrorism, domestic terrorism, and other terroristic threats.

The following reflects career titles you might wish to pursue:

  • Security program analyst
  • Law enforcement specialist
  • Supervisory mission support specialist
  • Border protection program manager

Advanced Degrees

After you have earned the MS degree in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and wish to teach criminal justice courses at the collegiate level or conduct research in homeland security processes and systems, you might go on to a doctorate program. Doctoral studies allow you to focus more on security theories, homeland security intelligence, disaster management, and research methods utilized in establishing patterns and processes in security and emergency management.

Doctorates you could consider include:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Emergency Management
  • Doctor of Professional Studies - Homeland Security