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Online MA in Homeland Security

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  • 100% Online
  • Homeland Defense-Approved
  • No GRE
  • Expert Faculty
  • Three track options
  • Comprehensive Curriculum
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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 (MHS) prepares students to effectively respond to natural and manmade disasters and prevent terrorist attacks.

Students can choose between three tracks:

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

Regardless of what track they pursue, our online master’s degree 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
  • Disaster management
  • Emergency management
  • U.S. Constitution and ethical issues
  • International human rights
  • National security
  • Risk management
  • Intelligence gathering strategies
  • Technology and critical infrastructure protection
  • Computer and internet forensics

Our expert faculty members have 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.

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 (#44).

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The online homeland security graduate program 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 of homeland security
  • Being promoted to leadership positions in the field
  • Obtaining a higher salary
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Pace University

As a participant in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) University Agency and Partnership Initiative, 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.

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Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth.

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“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)