Homeland Security

Master of Science

About This Program

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.

Students who successfully complete the Wilmington University courses will also be required to complete a content assessment exercise.  This culminating project provides for analysis of the candidate’s attainment of the program competencies. 

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.