Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
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What happens after a natural disaster or catastrophic event, such as an earthquake or a mass shooting? How do you implement the search and rescue? How do you facilitate the recovery? How do you communicate updates to the media and the public? How do you build a recovery plan? National University’s Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (MSHSEM) program gives you the training to answer these questions.
The terrorist events of 9/11 highlighted the national and international need for individuals with expertise in homeland security, and naturally occurring events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Southern California wildfires, Joplin tornados, and Japanese tsunami are further evidence of the ongoing requirement for specialized knowledge in emergency management. NU’s Master’s in Homeland Security represents an interdisciplinary area of research and application that brings together the fields of homeland security, terrorism, and emergency management as they relate to man-made and natural disasters.
Professionals with the right leadership skills and training are needed in all corners of the nation and all over the globe to protect against terrorism and threats coming from both domestic and international sources. Our online homeland security degree is designed to prepare you for leadership roles protecting against threats facing our country and around the globe.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program, you’ll develop the following skills:
- Integrate tools, resources, and organizational systems for the successful implementation of homeland security and emergency management issues
- Formulate global mindset to terrorism, homeland security, and emergency management issues
- Assess the impact of security issues for the operation of the public and private sectors with respect to manmade and natural disasters
- Integrate resources, organizational systems, and decision-making processes for the successful implementation of homeland security and emergency management plans
- Assess the impact of communications and the media on terrorism, homeland security and emergency management messaging
- Critique legal and ethical issues in homeland security and emergency management
Hear From Our Faculty
Learn how NU’s Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management takes an ‘”all-hazards approach” regarding natural and man-made emergencies to help keep our communities and country safe.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Today, the Department of Homeland Security is the third largest agency in the federal government. That alone should mean a steady and ongoing need for management professionals with industry-current knowledge and skills in areas like emergency management, criminal justice, and counterterrorism. The expertise you’ll gain in NU’s Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management can prepare you for a leadership role, no matter where your career takes you.
Program length for a master’s degree in Homeland Security varies from school to school and from student to student. National University’s Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management has 12 required courses, meaning you can complete your studies in as few as 12 months. Plus, you can choose to earn your degree on-site or online.
One unique advantage NU has over other curriculums is that we offer 4-week courses, and our admissions team reviews applications year-round. This innovative course design lets you start sooner, finish faster, and have the flexibility to juggle your work and family commitments along with your studies.
Criminal justice degrees tend to focus on knowledge in the areas of law enforcement, criminology, investigation, and community relations. Homeland security degrees include the basics of criminal justice but are more likely to include coursework in areas like terrorism, counterterrorism, hazard management, intelligence, and other components of national security.
The Department of Homeland Security is a law enforcement agency that performs critical functions to protect the country from threats and hazards. In fact, it’s the largest federal law enforcement force in the country, but the roles and responsibilities for homeland security professionals and criminal justice professionals are quite different.
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