About the Program

Yes. The online master’s in homeland security is a participant in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) University Agency and Partnership Initiative, offering you a number of courses from the official CHDS master’s course catalog.
Yes, the online MA in Homeland Security offers three tracks for students to choose from: cyber, emergency management, and open. In addition to elective options, students will take specific coursework related to each track. View the curriculum page for more information.
No. Distance learners in the online MHS program are not required to visit the campus, but are always welcome. You are also encouraged to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
Pace University has been offering online programs to our students since 1999.

Pace University is committed to providing the same quality experience for all Pace students studying online and onsite. Students have access to services including:

  • Career Services
  • Pace University Library
  • English tutoring: Additional tutoring and technical support may be available. Contact Gregg Ramsay, PhD, at gramsay@pace.edu for details.
  • IT Help Desk
Yes, the majority of our students complete the degree part-time while maintaining a full-time work schedule.
Full-time students typically complete the degree in two years, taking nine to twelve credits per semester. Part-time students typically complete the degree in three to four years. Regardless of part- or full-time status, students are allowed up to 10 years to complete the degree.


Online MHS students are required to maintain a minimum average GPA of 3.0.
Though courses in the program are primarily asynchronous, faculty and students may decide to work together synchronously through Classes, our online learning platform.
The amount of time spent on coursework varies by instructor and course, but you should expect to spend ten hours per week per course.
Students can expect to hear back from faculty within 24 hours, unless otherwise indicated.


Yes, if the applicant holds a four-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent, and only if the applicant intends on completing the program from their home country. Review the International Admission page for more information.
Applicants can expect to receive an admission decision via email and US Postal Service within five business days from when a completed application is submitted. You can also visit the Application Dashboard to check your application status.
Basic technical requirements for the program include a laptop, video camera, headphones with microphone capabilities, and reliable Internet access. Learn more here.
Yes. Students can transfer a maximum of six credits into the program with approval.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Federal loans may be available for graduate students enrolled in the program. To determine your eligibility, please visit the US Department of Education’s Financial Student Aid website. You can also visit the FAFSA website for more information on how to file.

In support of US veterans, Pace University is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. For general information about veteran’s benefits, please contact Peter Riley at priley@pace.edu or (212) 346-1115.

No merit scholarships are available.

To contact financial aid, please schedule a phone appointment using QLess at www.pace.edu/osa/qless or email your inquiry to open a Help Desk ticket at financialaid@pace.edu.
Students on a leave of absence pursuant to the Leave of Absence Policy are considered withdrawn from the University for purposes of financial aid. Consequently, loan repayment obligations may be triggered. Students should speak to a representative of the Financial Aid Office for more detailed information about the status of their financial aid during a leave of absence prior to submitting a Leave of Absence Application.

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