Master of Science in Homeland Security

Effective July 3, 2018, this program is no longer available for future enrollments.

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a 52-credit-hour program that is offered online. The program consists of 36 credit hours in the homeland security core with 16 credit hours dedicated to either a concentration or for electives of the student’s choosing.

The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop analytical and communication tools to allow them to become decision-makers in one or more areas of the homeland security field. This program focuses on helping students develop the knowledge base of other disciplines within the homeland security enterprise to pursue leadership opportunities in federal, state, and local government or the private sector.


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 offer degrees in criminal justice, homeland security, and cybersecurity to create the professionals that will address issues these fields are facing today and likely to confront tomorrow. The College anticipates industry and enterprise trends that have significant societal impact in order to provide diverse programs that cultivate professional competencies, critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural sensitivity to promote social justice and global security.


Master of Science in Homeland Security Outcomes

  • Outline trends in the development and evolution of the HLS enterprise.
  • Analyze current policy issues within the HLS enterprise and/or its sub-disciplines.
  • Use research to suggest policy solutions to existing HLS problems.
  • Explore strategies and institutional frameworks that affect HLS policy.
  • Analyze the role of the intelligence community, first-responders, the military, the private sector and others in the HLS enterprise.
  • Interpret, synthesize and critique the threat posed by terrorism, natural disasters and public health emergencies.
  • Analyze the legal, institutional and policy barriers to unity of effort and enhanced HLS policy and the possible methodologies for circumventing or eliminating those barriers.
  • Evaluate the impact of policies within HLS sub-disciplines on the creation of a common HLS strategy and effort.

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

HLS600Homeland Security Fundamentals


HLS610Dynamics of Terrorism


HLS620Technology Solutions for HLS


HLS630Organizational and Policy Challenges


HLS640Vulnerability Analysis and Protection


HLS650Homeland Security and Government


HLS685Homeland Security Capstone


Total Credit Hours:36

Courses: Concentration

HLS ELE 1-4Elective chosen from Emergency Management and Public Health track (listed below)


HLS ELE 2-4Elective chosen from Cybersecurity Policy track (listed below)


HLSELE3-4/4-4Elective chosen from any of the tracks listed below


Total Credit Hours:16

Courses: Emergency Management and Public Health track

Courses: Cyber Security track

Total Credit Hours: 52

Area of Study

  • Security Studies & Criminal Justice

Degree Level

  • Master