Program Overview

Make security a priority with the online Master of Arts in Homeland Security from Aurora University. While serving both private and government officials, including law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, homeland security specialists, firefighters and corporate security personnel, this program’s career-based curriculum is also ideal for civil engineers and city planners, as well as students who wish to enter the field of homeland security. As a student, you’ll learn the key policy and organizational design problems facing homeland security leaders and gain the analytical skills needed to meet those challenges and formulate policy recommendations in a variety of settings.

Begin your journey today with AU Online. Up to six hours of transfer credit may be awarded for field certifications.

Curriculum Overview

The Aurora University Master of Arts in Homeland Security program is developed in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). As the pioneer for graduate education in homeland security, CHDS developed the nucleus of programs and resources utilized by homeland security professionals throughout America. Now, Aurora University is bringing that expertise to you.

Gain the theoretical knowledge and the practical field experience needed to succeed, with a focus on emergency preparedness and response. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:March 11, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:1 Year (FT)
  • Credit Hours:30
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$565

Core Courses

  • CRJ5005 Introduction to Homeland Security – 3 hours

  • CRJ5015 The Asymmetric Threat to Homeland Security – 3 hours
  • CRJ5025 Cyber Security in the Information Age – 3 hours
  • CRJ5035 Intelligence for Homeland Security – 3 hours
  • CRJ5045 Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection – 3 hours
  • CRJ5055 Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management – 3 hours
  • CRJ6015 Counter-Terrorism in the United Kingdom – 3 hours
  • CRJ6035 Terrorist Financing and State Response – 3 hours
  • CRJ6045 The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism – 3 hours
  • CRJ6055 Multi-Discipline Approaches to Homeland Security: A Homeland Security Capstone Course – 3 hours

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and/or university (minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale). Students with a GPA of less than 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Statement of Purpose — The statement of purpose is a typewritten, doublespaced 3-5 page narrative that describes your motivation and aspirations for becoming a professional or academic scholar in homeland security. It should demonstrate the standards for graduate-level writing. In doing so, please address the following:
    1. Why are you seeking a master’s degree in homeland security studies?
    2. What are your goals and objectives within your professional/academic aspirations?
    3. Explain what it means to demonstrate exemplary values and ethics in homeland security and how a graduate degree will assist you in your career.
    4. Explain what you would like to see from your coursework and the faculty within the master’s program.
  • A resume detailing academic achievements, including honors and awards, extracurricular
    activities and relevant work, internship and volunteer experiences.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges or universities.

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Online Master of Arts in Homeland Security Career Outcomes

An MAHS provides graduates with additional employment opportunities and earning potential. According to the Department of Homeland Security, careers in this field include law enforcement and municipal personnel, immigration and travel security, prevention and first response, and mission support. Operational and support components include the United States Coast Guard, United States Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and the United States Secret Service. In addition, graduates of this program also receive the proper skills to excel in a variety of positions that work closely with homeland security professionals, including emergency response team leaders, city planners, civil engineers and transportation systems coordinators.

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