Integrated Homeland Security Management (M.S.)

Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security?

Homeland security affects Americans at the community, municipal, tribal, state and
federal levels. It affects them individually and collectively. Homeland security issues
interconnect and affect the operational environments and outcomes sought and achieved
by governments, businesses, and social institutions. Whether threats emanate from
human activity or error, natural disasters or environmental factors, or interaction
among all the above — such threats pose challenges that require a professional workforce
infused with solid academic skills, practical experience and applied knowledge.

Towson University’s Master of Science degree in Integrated Homeland Security Management
and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security Assessment and Management is specifically designed to prepare qualified practitioners to fulfill this critical
workforce need. Graduates of the program will possess proficiency in:

  • the research, development and analysis of security strategies
  • critical agency infrastructures and their inter-relationships
  • team leadership and cooperative planning
  • formulating and executing integrated, rapid responses to crisis situations

Program Structure

Towson University’s Master of Science in Integrated Homeland Security Management balances
broad-based knowledge with specific areas of specialization and an applied capstone
research experience to provide those working in the homeland security enterprise with
the skills needed to craft, allocate and employ the human and material resources of
their organizations. The program’s core courses constitute the Post-Baccalaureate
Certificate in Security Assessment and Management.

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Areas of Specialization

The Master’s of Science degree builds on this core foundation by offering students
three areas of specialization, of which they must select one. These areas of specialization
are: health preparedness, information assurance, and security policy. In order to
prepare students for the cross-disciplinary demands of homeland security management,
students must also take one course in each of the two areas outside their chosen specialization.
This provides students opportunities to prepare for the complex and interconnected
nature of homeland security.

Capstone Research Project

The capstone research project offers a practical problem-solving experience, real-world
skill development, and a solid basis for advancing a career in homeland security.
As part of the capstone requirement, students identify a desired policy outcome (an
end-state they seek to achieve or avoid), partner with a faculty member, and through
research develop a causal argument about the most effective way to achieve that outcome.

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