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Online Master’s Degree in Homeland Security

  • Introduction

    The Master of Science (M.S.) in homeland security addresses 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. This degree plan 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 other associated fields.

    The program consists of 15 semester hours of core courses, 18 hours of electives and a three-semester-hour capstone course to tie together all aspects of a student’s program. Courses are delivered in a 16-week format.

    For more information, visit the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice website.

  • Program Prerequisites
    •   Homeland Security
      Admission Formula No formula
      Requirements
      Test Scores None unless required by advisor
      All college and university transcripts Yes
      Essay Yes
      Résumé No
      Prerequisites
      • 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
      • At least two letters of recommendation
      • An essay of no more than 750 words discussing an important issue of homeland security
  • Degree Plan
    Master of Science in Homeland Security
    36 Credit Hours

    Courses

    Hours

    BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security

    3

    BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

    3

    BOR 6334 Research Methods in Security Studies

    3

    BOR 6355 National Security Policy

    3

    BOR 6387 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agency Ethics

    3

    BOR 6389 Capstone Seminar in Border Security

    3

    BOR Electives

    18

    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 University Catalog under Academic Guidelines and Graduate Studies Policies.

  • Courses
    • BOR 6389 Capstone Seminar in Border Security (3-0). This course is a research seminar in which students will develop skills in locating, extracting, evaluating, and synthesizing information acquired from their prior courses. Students write a publishable, article-length, paper based on independent research. Students may also be expected to supplement their research with other readings under the direction of the professor.

    • BOR 6387 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agency Ethics (3-0). The study of criminal justice without the concurrent study of justice is simply criminal. This course exposes students to the ethics (and lack thereof) of criminal justice agencies. Scenario evaluation, active discussion, and theoretically based argumentation and decision-making are all key components of this seminar. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6387.)

    • BOR 6355 National Security Policy (3-0). This course presents an overview of security policy issues as fundamental components of foreign policy. The course takes a narrow view of security policy and examines the topic from the direction of securing America’s borders. The course combines historical description of security policy development, comparative analysis, and theoretical examination.

    • BOR 6334 Research Methods in Security Studies (3-0). Research methods with application to intelligence, homeland security, criminal justice, and other security-related interests. (Credit may not be earned for this course and ISSA 6305, SEC 6305, or CRIJ 6334.)

    • BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3-0). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) contain a powerful set of tools for data acquisition, management, query, and display. This course provides students with a substantial foundation in the history of cartography and mapmaking. A second major emphasis of this course will merge both theoretical and historical information with hands-on practical training utilizing the basic tools provided with GIS software. Students will become familiar with the importance of metadata, as well as editing and updating metadata and how this is important to the success or failure of the dataset as a whole. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6302.)

    • BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security (3-0). In conjunction with an analysis of current Homeland Security topics, students apply theoretical concepts of target identification and risk evaluation to develop risk mitigation plans, which are jointly critiqued by their classmates. Students consider various natural and man-made disasters and potential disasters, from an all-hazards perspective. Practical application of open source intelligence to risk analysis and mitigation is a key component of this course. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6301.)