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Homeland Security, Master of Science


Program Purpose

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a dynamic program designed to prepare present and future leaders in the field of homeland security to address the problems and issues confronting their agencies and organizations. The Homeland Security program offers concentrations in Safety and Security, Organizational Leadership, and Information Assurance, addressing the need for graduate-level exposure to current topics in homeland security for leaders and those preparing to be leaders in the field. The program provides the theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge needed to pursue a degree beyond the master’s level. The degree has been developed in close consultation with the professional practitioners in the field and weaves the themes of scholarship, professional experience, ethics, and technology into the courses to meet the goals and objectives of the program. The Homeland Security degree is offered entirely online, providing working professionals, information assurance specialists, law enforcement and military personnel the flexibility to complete their degrees without compromising their professional and personal schedules.

Program Design

The core of the program will provide solid theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge needed to pursue a degree beyond the master’s level. This base of knowledge will prepare students to understand the issues involved and adapt to the ever-changing landscapes in homeland security. Courses have been carefully selected and designed in consultation with professional practitioners to ensure that the most current issues and topics are included in the curriculum. The faculty is carefully recruited from the field to ensure that the class presentations are as current as the events in the professional arena. The Capstone project is earned by completing a field practicum, a small project, or research study and by submitting a portfolio or final paper.

Additionally, the program has a built-in flexibility that respects the professional and personal commitments and responsibilities that today’s learners have while pursuing their goal of advanced academic studies. The Master of Science in Homeland Security program is designed and delivered entirely online. This offers the students the convenience of completing their degrees while working toward career advancement.

Program Competencies

  1. Explain the ethical, social, cultural, and legal issues surrounding homeland security.
  2. Locate, analyze, and evaluate information to identify the trends and threats to homeland security.
  3. Apply relevant knowledge and utilize technology to manage homeland security operations and resources to promote safe environments in local, state, and federal government, and in private industry.
  4. Create professional relationships in the field and in the community that promote sensitivity to cultural differences.
  5. Employ effective oral and written communication skills.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Homeland Security requires 33 credit hours. All students must satisfactorily complete six core courses. A total of four courses are chosen from an area of specialized concentration. The final requirement is completing a Capstone project (3 credits)


Course Requirements

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is intended to provide students with the academic capital needed for successful careers in the field. The degree also provides a sound foundation for entry into other professional endeavors and/or the opportunity to meet an intellectual interest in this very challenging field of study.

Core Courses

All students must satisfactorily complete the following core courses:

MHS 7000 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security

MHS 7001 Sociology of Terrorism

MHS 7002 Legal Aspects and Policy of Homeland Security

MHS 7003 Risk Assessment and Management

MHS 7004 Crisis Leadership

MHS 7033 Research Methods in Criminal Justice


Information Assurance Concentration

Core Courses

Six courses as listed above

Area Specialization Courses

MHS 7020 Capstone

SEC 6010 Planning for Information Security

SEC 6025 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Applied Systems

SEC 6030 Operating System and Computer Systems Security

SEC 6040 Web and Data Security


Military Leadership Concentration

To be eligible for this concentration, students must have successfully completed the Delaware Leadership Academy sponsored by the Delaware National Guard.

Core Courses

Five core courses as listed above. Students will not be required to take MHS 7004.

Area Specialization Courses

DNG 6200 Strategic Leadership and Decision Making

DNG 6300 Military Leadership Skills

DNG 6400 The Role of the Guard

DNG 6500 Joint Force Operations

DNG 6600 Crisis Leadership

MHS 7020 Capstone


Organizational Leadership Concentration

Core Courses

Six courses as listed above

Area Specialization Courses

MGT 6501 Organization Theory and Design

MGT 6503 Leadership Development and Change Management

MGT 7400 Analysis of Decision Making

MGT 7800 Strategy in Organizations

MHS 7020 Capstone


Safety and Security Concentration

Core Courses

Six courses as listed above

Area Specialization Courses

MHS 7005 Border and Transportation Security

MHS 7006 Topics in Intelligence

MHS 7007 Strategic Planning in Homeland Security

MHS 7008 Fundamentals of Bio-Terrorism

MHS 7020 Capstone


Qualifications for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree, a student must satisfy the fully admitted requirements and complete a minimum of 33 credit hours, maintaining a grade point average of 3.0. The program must be completed within five years. Students may transfer up to six credits from accredited graduate programs completed before matriculation at Wilmington University. This may include graduate studies completed as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and similar accredited programs based upon transcript review and the approval of the Program Chair.