Individuals interested in pursuing a program of study focused on homeland security policies and programs can pursue a homeland security concentration of the online Master of Arts in emergency management and homeland security (EMHS).
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Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The homeland security concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year. This program’s graduates will be well-prepared to utilize public policy and best applicable management practices within their professional areas to develop protection, mitigation and preparedness measures to prevent and/or minimize societal impacts of natural and human-made threats and hazards. Likewise, our graduates will be able to employ necessary management and leadership skills in guiding local or national response to and recovery from any potential emergencies, disasters and other related societal threats.

The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year.

In the EMHS program, students have the option to choose one concentration:

Career options for students in this concentration include policy analytic or management positions in various government agencies or private sector firms, or various positions with public safety and security and/or emergency or crisis management responsibilities across a range of public sector agencies. The EMHS homeland security concentration is suited for those with interests in substantive focus areas such as business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security.

Students gain an essential understanding of the entire vision, mission, and principles of homeland security with an emphasis on leadership, management, use of technology and both inter-agency collaboration and cross-sector collaboration. Many homeland security-related positions reside in public sector agencies at all levels of government. But the homeland security degree also helps prepare those interested in private sector careers with functional and operational responsibilities on safety and security in private organizations that are parallel with the public sector.

ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • #1 Homeland security degree in the country, ranked by U.S. News and World Report
  • Research is the forefront of all academic activities with 20 research centers for advancing research and discovery around challenges that affect us globally
  • Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
  • #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
  • Named a prestigious global university


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Graduates with a Master of Arts in Homeland Security (EMHS) have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


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

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences, environmental sciences or geography, public health or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Graduate application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A written statement, at least one page in length, which describes the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy
  • Evidence of current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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