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Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security

The Master of Science in Homeland Security (M.S.) is an online degree addressing the growing needs of Homeland Security and law enforcement personnel who face an ever-changing world of transnational crime, terrorism, and other threats. It incorporates theoretical and practical studies of the key fields of critical infrastructure, intelligence, terrorism, counter-terrorism, law and associated constitutional issues, and emergency management as they are applicable to the field of Homeland Security. The Master of Science in Homeland Security degree is open to all those with bachelor’s degrees, and is especially appropriate to those holding degrees in related subjects, such as criminal justice, law enforcement, emergency management, criminology and related fields.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Required GPA may be waived on a case by case basis by the department head.
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • An essay of no more than 750 words discussing an important issue of homeland security

The GRE test is not required for admittance to the program.

Delivery Method

This degree is offered completely online only. Graduate BOR courses are delivered in a 16-week format.

Time Frame

The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Degree Requirements

Courses Hours
BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security 3
BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
BOR 6334 Research Methods and Statistics 3
BOR 6355 National Security Policy 3
BOR 6387 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agency Ethics* 3
BOR 6389 Capstone Course: Seminar in Border Security* 3
BOR Electives 18

* These courses are taken during a student’s final semester.

All students must successfully pass a comprehensive final exam before graduation.This does not need to take place on the ASU campus and can be done via teleconference or other appropriate methods. Please see the section on Advisory Committees for oral comprehensive exams in the Graduate Catalog under Academic Guidelines and Graduate Studies Policies.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine semester credit hours of graduate course work completed in a regionally accredited institution may be transferred toward the master’s degree in Homeland Security. Transfer credits cannot be applied to graduate certificates in Homeland Security. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the courses petitioned to be transferred must be on file in the College of Graduate Studies. No graduate work for which the student received a grade lower than “B” will be accepted for transfer credit. No graduate work which was part of a degree awarded at another institution will be accepted for transfer credit. All transferred course work must have been completed no more than six years prior to the awarding of the master’s degree at Angelo State University. Approved transfer credit will be awarded after the student has successfully completed one semester or term of graduate enrollment. Department Head Dr. Casey Jones can provide a recommendation for transfer credit to the graduate dean at the student’s request. For more information, please contact the department head.