At a Glance

  • 100% online coursework
  • Choose from 3 tracks: Cyber, Emergency Management, or Open Study
  • Ranked as a “Best Online Master’s Program in Criminal Justice” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Networking opportunities with alumni and field-tested faculty
  • Exclusive resources in partnership with the CHDS

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  • Next Start Date: September 4, 2024
  • Application Deadline: August 21, 2024

With the unfortunate rise of terrorist attacks around the globe, coupled with unforeseen natural and manmade disasters, skilled homeland security professionals are in high demand. Offered by the Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the online MA in Homeland Security prepares students to effectively respond to and recover from natural and human-caused disasters and mitigate the impact of terrorist attacks. By combining essential leadership and management skills with in-depth knowledge of homeland security strategies, the program equips students with the tools required to help keep the nation safe.

Our MA in Homeland Security program is also consistently ranked as a Best Online Master’s Program in Criminal Justice by U.S. News & World Report (#40).


Ideally located just blocks from the World Trade Center, Pace University’s Manhattan campus is a hub for the study of homeland security. Our online students benefit from the same rigorous curriculum and access to resources as our on-campus students, and have the opportunity to study subjects including:

  • Public sector management
  • Public sector strategic planning and budgeting
  • US Constitution and ethical issues
  • Policy analysis and program evaluation
  • International human rights
  • Intelligence gathering strategies
  • Technology and critical infrastructure protection
  • Public health issues for homeland security leaders
  • Psychology and terrorism
  • Computer and Internet forensics

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Specialize Your Studies

Students can customize their skillset with a choice between these three tracks:

  • Cyber

    Hone your studies in cybersecurity with coursework in information security and computer forensics.

  • Emergency Management

    Take a deep dive into what it takes to protect critical infrastructure with this specialty option.

  • Open

    Study the field of homeland security broadly with an array of electives to choose from.

Leadership is important in all situations. But equally, if not more important, are managers who know how to use their expertise and use transferable skills to address any situation.

Joseph Ryan, PhD, Professor and Program Director

Who Can Benefit?

The online MA in Homeland Security equips individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds including cybersecurity, criminal justice, emergency management, fire service, public health, military, teaching, psychology, and more to respond to unforeseen threats or disasters. These students often have goals that may include:

  • Entering the field of homeland security
  • Transitioning to a different branch within homeland security
  • Being promoted to leadership positions in the field
  • Obtaining a higher salary

CHDS-Approved Curriculum

As a participant in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) University Agency and Partnership Initiative (UAPI), the online MA in Homeland Security curriculum offers a number of courses from the official CHDS master’s course catalog as well as two specialized courses unique to the MHS. In addition, students have access to the CHDS Homeland Security Digital Library and all other resources.

The professors at Pace really allow you to develop yourself, and the more I can keep myself apprised of what’s happening, the more I can keep us safer.

Amery Bernhardt, Sergeant, Westchester County Department of Public Safety (MHS alumnus)

Field-Tested Faculty

The online MHS has assembled a diverse group of faculty members with a wide range of real-world experience in the field of homeland security. Whether they worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); or state and local police, fire, emergency management, and public health organizations, each of them brings a unique skillset to the program to help students succeed.