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Top 5 Masters in Homeland Security Degree Programs Online

Top Five Master of Homeland Security Programs Online

There are Master of Homeland Security degrees offered as online options by university criminal justice programs, management programs or in some cases as a MBA area of concentration. A few schools have created a standalone degree with this title, but all of them have been developed since 9/11 and the tendency has been to establish homeland security as a field within law enforcement or criminal justice administration or as some other form of security studies. There are several degree programs available in Cybersecurity or IT Security offered as homeland security options. Students can select a homeland security career track based on the university department or division that is offering the degree. There are job openings in the various agencies within the Department of Homeland Security for every type of law enforcement professional, IT security expert, computer forensics expert, and investigative professional.

1. Walden University has two degrees that provide focus for a homeland security career. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree offers specialization in Homeland Security Policy, or in Homeland Security Policy & Coordination. One is more a research and policy role, the other an administrative or management course of study. The other option is a Master of Science in Psychology with specialization in Terrorism & Security. Classes for this psychology specialization include Disaster, Crisis & Trauma, Terrorism: a Systemic Approach for Emergency Preparedness, and Critical Incident Planning & Leadership. Typical time for completion on these degrees is one and a half years.

2. St. Joseph's University of Philadelphia offers the Master of Science in Homeland Security with a curriculum that provides support for existing law enforcement and public safety officials who would like to move into this career specialty. Among the courses oriented to traditional public service positions are Police Executive Management, Fire Department Organization & Management, and Emergency Medical Services Management. The classes focused on homeland security include Critical Incident Stress Management, Terrorism: Threats & Strategies, Strategic Planning for the Public Safety Sector, Environmental Crime, and a seminar in Global Chemical Regulations and Compliance Management.

3. Kaplan University has an online degree in Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management that focuses on the legal, business, social, and environmental aspects of homeland security and crisis management. Basic courses in the core curriculum include Research Methodology, Leadership in the Public Sector, Crisis & Emergency Management Fundamentals, and Critical Legal Issues in Criminal Justice. The more focused, higher division courses in the program include Critical Issues in Terrorism, Specialized Criminal Statutes & Investigations, and Mitigation & Preparedness for Emergency Management.

4. American Military University offers accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees for a number of programs, many of which are oriented to returning military veterans, providing options for utilizing military training in civilian life. There is a Master of Arts in Homeland Security available as an online course of study from this school that focuses on homeland defense, intelligence and homeland security, terrorism, consequence management, and interagency government issues. The Master of Arts in Emergency & Disaster Management is a policy and planning oriented degree for work in the public sector. For either of these degrees military veterans should take a close look at transferring military training experience into college credits.

5. Utica College has two online degrees in the homeland security area. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration offers a Homeland Security & Emergency Management specialization. Coursework includes training in the FEMA National Incident Management System as well as local and regional initiatives for emergency management. There is also a Master of Science in Cybersecurity - Intelligence & Forensics that would be excellent training for working with a financial crimes unit in the FBI or ATF or some other agency engaged in the gathering of intelligence over the Internet.

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            M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership & Executive Management - Homeland Security Policy
            • In Walden’s PhD in Forensic Psychology program, you will explore the systems and programs that work to create positive change in the legal system and community settings.
            • Broaden your understanding of advanced forensic psychology and examine ways to evaluate programs designed for populations such as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, and the mentally ill.
            • Choose from the General Program or six specializations—including two self-designed options—to align your studies with your specific career goals.
            • Learn from subject matter experts and delve into real case studies. Walden’s faculty includes renowned forensic psychologists and other thought leaders in this exciting and diverse field.
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            Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
            • Bachelor’s and master’s programs in Criminal Justice available
            • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2017
            • Concentrations include Forensics, Homeland Security, and Cybercrime and Security
            • Students study law enforcement operations, corrections, and criminal investigation
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            • Allows students to transfer credits from non-U.S. colleges and universities after evaluation.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
            • Its main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale, with campuses located throughout the State of Florida and internationally. 
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            • Offers associate and bachelor-level programs in Criminal Justice.
            • Program topics include criminal investigation processes and ethics, criminal law, juvenile justice and more.
            • A B.A.S. in Criminal Justice program is also available for students who already possess an A.A.S.
            • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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            • Go Higher with a career-enhancing degree from Concordia Nebraska you can earn fully online. All our online programs are designed to give you the flexibility to study around your schedule. 
            • You'll also benefit from exceptional student support and a rigorous academic experience ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2016 Midwest Regional Universities.
            • Concordia offers a wide variety of MBA program offerings in such fields as Accounting, Business Intelligence, Human Resources, Leadership and Managing, Management, Marketing and Risk Management.
            • Concordia also offers programs in the M.Ed field specializing in Early Childhood Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, and Special Education.
            • As an institution, Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of its North Central Association.
            • Concordia University, Nebraska is an excellent academic and Christ-centered community equipping men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.
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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
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            Founded in 1946 and located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a regionally accredited, independent, private institution that features many of the advantages of a large university — such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academics, and outstanding faculty — with the intimacy and high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private institutions.


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