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Homeland Security Master’s Degree (M.S.)

This online degree addresses the growing needs of homeland security and law enforcement personnel, who face an ever-changing world of transnational crime and terrorism.

Our program incorporates theoretical and practical studies in the key fields of:

  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Law and associated constitutional issues
  • Drug and human trafficking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Emergency management
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Master of Science in homeland security


This program can help advance the careers of people working in fields related to:

  • Criminal justice
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency management

Program Highlights

  • Classes are 100 percent online and in an eight-week format.

  • Faculty includes nationally recognized experts in border and homeland security, terrorism and human rights, cybersecurity, emergency management, and modern law enforcement techniques and training.

  • Course materials are designed to increase students’ knowledge of national and international security issues in the areas of border and homeland security, with a holistic approach to real world issues.

  • ASU recognizes military service and will maximize training and career experience.

Admission Requirements

  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay of no more than 750 words discussing an important issue of homeland security


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelors degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. 

Note: Required overall GPA may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the department chair.

Application Deadlines

Spring: Dec. 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: Nov. 1

International Student Fall: June 20

You are strongly encouraged to register for the first and second eight-week sessions simultaneously, before the first eight-week session begins.

Degree Plan

  • Homeland Security Courses
    Courses Hours
    BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
    BOR 6334 Research Methods and Statistics in Security Studies 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

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

    Homeland Security Electives
    Electives Hours
    BOR 6191 6291 6391 Research 3
    BOR 6303 Cryptology 3
    BOR 6304 Advanced Studies in Transnational Crime 3
    BOR 6305 Advanced Studies in Human Trafficking 3
    BOR 6306 Advanced Studies in International Drug Trafficking 3
    BOR 6307 Applied Statistics 3
    BOR 6310 Seminar in Port Security and Maritime Defense 3
    BOR 6311 Transportation Security 3
    BOR 6320 Studies in Terrorism 3
    BOR 6321 Seminar in Terrorism and Counterterrorism 3
    BOR 6322 Studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazards and Responses 3
    BOR 6330 Studies in Disaster Preparedness 3
    BOR 6331 Seminar in Emergency Planning 3
    BOR 6335 Data Mining 3
    BOR 6340 Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6341 Advanced Studies in International Police Development 3
    BOR 6342 Cybersecurity and Constitutional Issues 3
    BOR 6343 Seminar in International Law 3
    BOR 6344 Seminar in Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6345 Seminar in Federal Immigration Law 3
    BOR 6350 Cyber Vulnerability 3
    BOR 6351 Emerging Technologies in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6371 Internship 3
    BOR 6381 Special Topics 3
  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.

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