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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness | MA

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Our Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MAHSEP) is a 36-credit program that prepares you for leadership roles in both the public and private sector, public policy and advocacy groups, or in any industry that an in-depth knowledge of the homeland security policy or emergency management processes are desired. Graduates of the MAHSEP program are also well-prepared for doctoral work in the field.

The MAHSEP curriculum focuses on the intersection between homeland security policy and politics by taking advantage of faculty who are scholar-practitioners in the world of homeland security, emergency management, and strategic planning.

You will master the intellectual foundations for key policy discussions in homeland security as well as the basic threats to homeland security, the basic responses, and how the political process impacts homeland security decision-making. You will gain analytical and advocacy skills and will be prepared to take on leadership roles in the area of homeland security and emergency management. Our graduates are prepared to make a difference in the field.

The program integrates your intellectual interest and experience, small group dialogue, and a required fieldwork term that provides you with experience working with public policy professionals. The heart of this degree program is in the value of hands-on learning, the opportunity to network, and apply knowledge developed in the online classroom.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of our MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, you will have:

  • A clear understanding of the origins of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and national laws that govern emergency management and crisis/disaster response.
  • A strong foundation in organizational ethics and leadership.
  • An applied understanding of the key governmental and international institutions that formulate and implement policies related to crisis management in our society, including congress, the judiciary, the presidency, and state and local governments; and the role that terrorism and natural disasters play in shaping crisis response policies and methods.
  • An in-depth grasp of the Emergency Management process at the local, state, and national level.
  • Experience with the mechanics of strategic planning and crisis communications.
  • An ability to effectively analyze public policy issues, particularly those related to homeland security and emergency management, as well as the ability to present arguments persuasively and logically, and to write and speak clearly, correctly, and convincingly.

For full program layout, including course descriptions, please visit the catalog.

Core Requirements for the Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (16 credits)

  • HSEP 5010 Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • HSEP 5220 Legal Foundations for Homeland Security
  • HSEP 6060 Research Methods and Wargaming
  • PO 6950 Capstone Project

Elective Courses (20 credits)

Students are required to take 20 credits from the courses listed below. Elective courses are contingent on enrollment. All courses are 4 credits.

  • HSEP 5350 Emergency and Strategic Planning
  • HSEP 6220 Psychology and Communication in Crises
  • HSEP 6850 Intelligence and Cyber Security
  • HSEP 6350 Critical Infrastructure and Key Vulnerabilities
  • PO 5850 International Security
  • PO 5910 Terrorism

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Allyson Goldman
Graduate Admission Counselor