Apr 13, 2021  
2015-2016 Van Loan Catalog 
2015-2016 Van Loan Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Homeland Security Studies (Master of Science)

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The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a 36-credit program designed for current and future homeland security professionals who seek mid- to upper-level leadership positions in this important discipline. This challenging program teachers students to address complex, multi-disciplinary, strategic-level homeland security issues that confront modern societies in an increasingly uncertain national and global security environment.

Courses are offered in a hybrid model (a mix of in-class and online learning) and 100% online. 

Cohort Model
In twenty-first century America, homeland security professionals are expected to work more collaboratively with colleagues, businesses, government agencies, and international allies. Because the need to work in teams and create synergy is more prevalent today than ever, the program (both the hybrid and online programs) admits students into small learning cohorts of no more than thirty. In this fashion, students progress through the curriculum as a group and share learning experiences simultaneously. This shared, network-based environment maximizes a group’s educational experience while forming a body of knowledge and support that students can draw upon in the future. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Homeland Security Program, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to think and act critically, pragmatically, and strategically about homeland security
2. Understand, articulate, and influence the multidisciplinary and multi-variant architecture of homeland security
3. Design, implement, and evaluate homeland security-related strategies, policies and plans at any level of government or business
4. Construct the inter- and multi-disciplinary relationships needed to better prevent and mitigate the impact of terrorism or disaster upon a community, region, state, or nation
5. Assist elected officials at any level of government to construct more effective prevention and response plans to terrorism, catastrophic accident, and natural disaster
6. Advance homeland security knowledge, methodology, and thinking in such a way that America’s infrastructure and citizenry will be more secure against 21st century threats
7. Identify and assess potential terror, accident, and disaster threats to the American homeland

Transfer Credit
At the time of matriculation, students may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits that have been completed at regionally accredited institutions. The courses must be relevant to the program of study, must show a final grade of “B” or higher, and must not have been used to fulfill degree requirements at other institutions. Courses from the Naval Postgraduate School, The United States Army War College and other Professional Military Education institutions are eligible for transfer on a case-by-case basis. 

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