Online Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security – Homeland Security

A master’s in homeland security can help you advance your career in fields such as law enforcement, public safety, and emergency and natural hazard management and recovery. You’ll gain an essential understanding of the vision, mission and principles of homeland security.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 33

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Specialize in public safety with a homeland security degree

The United States Department of Homeland Security is tasked with preparing for, preventing and responding to domestic emergencies, including terrorism and disasters arising from natural hazards. 
In this homeland security master’s degree, you’ll learn how to develop protection, mitigation and preparedness measures to minimize and prevent the impacts of natural and human-made threats and hazards.

You’ll cover topics across a variety of areas, including natural hazard prevention and response, management best practices and public policy. You’ll also build your leadership skills, so you can guide local or national response to potential emergencies, disasters arising from natural hazards and other societal threats before, during and after crises.

The homeland security degree is a concentration in the Master of Arts in emergency management and homeland security program. This degree includes five concentrations including homeland security. You’ll pick a concentration based on your previous professional experience and personal interests.

Do I need a degree to work for Homeland Security?

 

Earning a homeland security master’s degree may make you a stronger candidate when applying for management and analysis positions within the United States Department of Homeland Security or similar agencies. A master’s degree equips you with advanced skills and knowledge to better position yourself for high-level job opportunities.

Will my homeland security degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Homeland security courses

You’ll complete required graduate courses in homeland security, hazards and emergency management, among others. You’ll also complete concentration courses focused on terrorism and crime. The program culminates with a capstone course in which you’ll complete an applied project of your choosing.


Required

Hazards Governance


Required

Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice


Required

Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Required

Integrated Emergency Management


Required

Homeland Security


Required

Geographic Information Systems for Hazards Analysis


Concentration

Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction


Concentration

Interagency and Intersector Coordination for Emergencies and Disasters


What can I do with a homeland security degree?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts faster than average job growth in the homeland security and emergency management fields over the next 10 years. Graduates with a master’s in homeland security are well-suited for positions across government agencies, corporations and non-profits in a variety of career fields including:

Emergency or crisis management.

Intelligence analysis.

Private-sector security.

Public safety and security.

Learn with professionals in the field of public service and safety

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn with professionals in the field of public service and safety

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Homeland security degree admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Application requirements

Join one of the best colleges for community leaders

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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