Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Concentration

Effective July 2, 2019, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Colorado Springs and Aurora Campuses.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The program consists of 28 credit hours in the criminal justice core with 20 credit hours dedicated to the homeland security concentration.

The Homeland Security concentration option is for students in the criminal justice discipline that are focused on pursuing careers/missions within the homeland security realm. The curriculum serves as preparation for students and professionals interested in pursuing criminal justice roles that align or interact with homeland security functions and organizations. The roles of criminal justice agencies and professionals as they relate to homeland security are ever evolving; therefore, this program is designed to help students develop the homeland security knowledge base and skills for policy development, planning and decision making in the criminal justice field.


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Security Studies is to provide engaging instruction and knowledge through public service programs that align with industry relevant standards and cultivate professional competencies, critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural awareness to promote social justice.


MSCJ Program Learning Outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of criminal justice principles to analyses and evaluations

2. Incorporate the psychological and sociological dimensions of human behavior and crime in analyses and evaluations

3. Apply advanced concepts relating to law enforcement, corrections and the courts

4. Examine and integrate the emerging trends in the criminal justice system

5. Analyze the contemporary issues facing interactions between the community and the criminal justice system that honors inclusion, diversity, and equity

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


CJUS600Advanced Review of Criminal Justice


CJUS615Criminology and Public Policy


CJUS625Issues of Diversity in Criminal Justice


CJUS650Terrorism and Homeland Security Management


CJUS675Special Topics in Criminal Justice


PA605Graduate Research Methods for Public Administration


Total Credit Hours:28

Courses: Concentration

HLS620Technology Solutions for HLS


HLS630Organizational and Policy Challenges


HLS640Vulnerability Analysis and Protection


HLS650Homeland Security and Government


HLS685Homeland Security Capstone


Total Credit Hours:20

Total Credit Hours: 48


  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Security Studies & Criminal Justice

Degree Level

  • Master