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Homeland Security Studies (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a 36-credit program designed for those interested in starting or advancing a career in the field of Homeland Security. The program is designed to help you navigate the complex issues that 21st century leaders will encounter in a rapidly evolving and increasingly networked national and global security environment.

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The Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies will now offer a 100% online program starting in Fall of 2017!

Program Features

  • Relevant, Current Curriculum based on latest knowledge and trends in the field;
  • Cohort Model of Learning significantly improves your ability to gain new knowledge and develop a network of colleagues that is critical to your success;
  • Blended Learning Environment or 100% Online Format provides you the flexibility and quality delivery that is proven to be most effective;
  • Exceptional Faculty bring exemplary credentials and significant real-world experience;
  • Specilization Tracks are available in hyper focused areas including Emergency Management, Cybersecurity or a general track.

 Learn about the  5th Year Program for undergraduates who wish to complete this degree upon receiving their undergraduate diploma. 


Faculty Biographies

Learn From Experienced Professionals

Our faculty are experienced professionals with exemplary credentials and significant real-world experience. 

joyce Paul Joyce, Program Director 

Paul Joyce is the Director of the Homeland Security Studies Program at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. In this capacity he oversees the Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies Program designed to develop competent and professional homeland security leaders who can shape and advance the nation’s domestic security needs.

Paul is also an accomplished police executive with 31 years of law enforcement experience including 14 years as a superintendent in the Boston Police Department. As a member of the Boston Police Department’s senior leadership team he managed, directed, and controlled the day-to-day operational functions of several key positions in the organization including professional development, criminal investigations, and specialized patrol and tactical operations. Paul is a proven collaborator with an impressive record of coordinating and managing multi-agency partnerships in the areas of urban crime and domestic preparedness. He supervised the development of the Boston Gun Project: Operation Ceasefire, the Boston Reentry Initiative, and played a pivotal role in the planning and implementation of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC).

Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Clark University, his Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Boston University, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy at Northeastern University. His dissertation, titled “Street Gang Membership in Boston: A Life-Course Perspective,” focuses on 30 Boston gang members who were active in the late 1980’s through 1990’s and examines their life experiences from childhood to adulthood. Paul anticipates completing his degree by the summer of 2017.

backstrom Engrid Backstrom, Assistant Director 

 Engrid Backstrom is the Assistant Director for the Homeland Security Studies Program where she oversees curriculum development, the marketing and recruitment of students, as well as student advising and mentoring.

 Engrid retired from active duty in the United States Coast Guard in 2015 after serving in various enlisted and commissioned leadership roles around the country.  Engrid spent most of her career within the Environmental Response, Emergency Management, and Contingency Planning & Preparedness missions.  In her most recent role as Chief of Planning, she oversaw Sector Boston’s Multi-year Exercise Training Plan (MTEP), the Area Maritime Security Committee, the Area Maritime Committee and the Incident Command System (ICS) training program, which helped shape and ensure the effective collaboration and response between tribal, local, state, and federal stakeholders.

In 2010 Engrid was deployed to Houma, Louisiana for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as Deputy Planning Section Chief. In 2005, she was deployed to Texas as historian and aide to the Principal Federal Official during Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

Engrid was born and raised in Beverly, Massachusetts. She attained her B.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 1996, a M.S. Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School in 2003 and a M.S. in Homeland Security Studies from Van Loan School at Endicott College in 2016. 


Larkins Daniel Arkins, B.A., Boston College; M.S., Norwich University; M.S., U.S. Army War College 

Dan Arkins is a Disability Product Director in MetLife’s Group Benefits organization.  In this role, Arkins is responsible for providing disability and absence management subject matter expertise to the National Accounts organization.

Prior to MetLIfe, Dan spent almost 20 years in the large commercial Property and Casualty arena in sales leadership and account management roles.

Arkins is retired colonel in the United States Army Reserve and served on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.   He retired with 33 years of enlisted and commissioned officer service.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Boston College and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.  He received a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Arkins holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation, and is a licensed life, accident and health agent.  



Daniel Florent, B.S., Granite State College; M.A., United States Naval Postgraduate School

A recently retired Supervisory Federal Air Marshal: Dan brings a wealth of knowledge, education and experience to the Endicott team.  He has enjoyed working at Endicott since 2012. Prior to joining the Federal Air Marshal Service, Dan was a third-generation police officer and began his career with the Hampton NH Police Department. In 1996, Dan accepted an appointment as a Criminal Investigator with the United States Marshals Service and worked numerous assignments. Dan was responsible for New Hampshire’s first federally coordinated sting operation that netted 31 wanted fugitives in one day.  He also broke new ground by writing for and appearing as host in a weekly television series entitled, New Hampshire’s Most Wanted which profiled dangerous fugitives.

During his career with the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), Dan was assigned to the Boston Field Office. He was designated to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Within this role, Dan was responsible for, not only strengthening ties within the aviation community, but taking the lead in aviation related incidents spanning both realms of domestic and international terrorism. In 2009, Dan was named TSA’s Assistant Federal Security Director, Director of Law Enforcement for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

A dynamic and engaging instructor, Dan’s specialty is the instruction of strategic issues and intelligence issues in homeland security. He has intimate knowledge of the 9/11 Commission Report and has provided presentations on the 9/11 hijackings.  Dan has walked audiences through the tactics and movements of the hijackers by delivering powerful and thought-provoking presentations.

Dan holds a Master’s degree from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in the field of Homeland Security Studies. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.



Cecil Jones, B.S., M.S., Western New England University 

Cecil Jones, is currently a Boston Police detective with over 30 years of experience, He is currently assigned to the Boston Police Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis, Homeland Security Unit and detailed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force-Boston Field Office where he investigates Domestic and Foreign Terrorism Threats to the New England Community. This involves Maritime, Airport and Railway threats.   Professor Jones has been part of the program for over a year and teaching both Introduction to Homeland Security and Comparative Homeland Security. 


Chris Pope, B.S., Granite State College; M.A., United States Naval Postgraduate School

Christopher Pope is the former NH Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisor to Governor John Lynch from 2006-2013. Previously, he was a member of the Concord, NH Fire Department 1977-2006 (serving as Chief 2002-2006), former Vice-Chair, Northeast States Emergency Consortium, and member Board of Directors of the International Emergency Management Group. He is currently retired and serving as adjunct faculty at the Van Loan School at Endicott College. He volunteers for several non-profits including the Board of Directors for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Association (treasurer), the President’s Advisory Board for Granite State College, and this past year was appointed to the University System of NH Board of Trustees. He received his B.S. in Public Safety Administration from Granite State College and an M.A. in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.



James Riccuiti, B.S., Curry College; M.A., United States Naval Postgraduate School

James Ricciuti is a Senior Special Agent (S/SA) for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Service (FPS).  S/SA Ricciuti conducts investigations into crimes and threats pertaining to federal facilities, federal employees and the American citizenry conducting business on federal property.  S/SA Ricciuti began his career with the United States Border Patrol in 1997 and he has also served as a Federal Police Officer/Security Specialist with FPS. S/SA Ricciuti serviced as part of the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force where he conducted counter terrorism investigations and operations.

S/SA Ricciuti developed the FPS Covert Security Testing Program which challenged and measured the effectiveness of the security infrastructure of the government facilitates critical infrastructure sector.  S/SA Ricciuti has spent the majority of his career protecting and evaluating United States critical infrastructure. 

Throughout his career S/SA Ricciuti has routinely responded to national emergencies such as the attacks on 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Boston Marathon Bombing.  He has also been part of the federal response to National Security Events such as the Presidential Inaugurations, DNCs, RNCs and other large scale events. 

S/SA Ricciuti received his undergraduate degree from Curry College in Criminal Justice and he earned his Master’s Degree at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CHDS).  At NPS CHDS he was awarded the “Outstanding Thesis Award” for his thesis titled, “Groupthink: A Significant Threat to the Homeland Security of the United States”.  This thesis is available online through the NPS Dudley Knox Library.


Scott White, B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A., American Military University 

Scott White retired from Active Duty in the U.S. Coast Guard in September of 2015 after serving for more than 28 years in numerous operational, leadership, and program management positions.  He is a maritime operations and regulatory compliance expert with a comprehensive background in transportation safety, security, and preparedness operations and policy.  Mr. White assisted in the development of regulatory and operational standards for domestic maritime security missions as member of national Maritime Transportation Security Act Policy Advisory Council.  Mr. White has extensive experience in risk management and vulnerability assessment and has supported the Coast Guard’s Maritime Risk Assessment Model (MSRAM) critical infrastructure analysis process in the ports of Boston and New York/New Jersey.  In his final assignment in the Office of Port and Facility Activities at Coast Guard Headquarters Mr. White served as the Chief of the Port Recovery and Resiliency Branch where he provided technical information to senior leadership to support the development of global strategies regarding maritime security, infrastructure protection, maritime transportation system resilience, and trade resumption.

carsonDr. Jeff Carson, B.S., Ohio State University; M.S., Central Michigan University; Ph.D., Northeastern University

Dr. Jeff Carson is a researcher for the U.S. Department of State. At the Boston Field Office, he specializes in research and analysis on a wide range of national security and domestic issues.

Dr. Carson also serves in the U.S. Army Reserves as an Intelligence Officer and holds the rank of Major.  In 2007, Major Carson was deployed to Mosul, Iraq as part of General David Petraeus’s “Surge” campaign. While in Mosul, Major Carson was embedded with Kurdish security forces.

In 2009, Major Carson deployed to Baghlan, Afghanistan and was embedded with an Afghan Army unit at an outpost in northeastern Afghanistan. His team of 22 U.S. soldiers trained, lived and conducted operations alongside their Afghan counterparts. For actions in combat, Major Carson was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

Following his tour in Afghanistan, Dr. Carson joined Dr. Anthony Cordesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and published “Shaping Afghan National Security Forces”. Dr. Carson co-authored, alongside Dr. Cordesman, and testified to Congress on the current and future implications of the Obama Administrations strategy in Afghanistan.

Dr. Carson received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at The Ohio State University, Master’s Degree at Central Michigan in Public Administration and Doctorate in Law and Policy at Northeastern University. He has recently published research on the resettlement of foreign nations who work for and with the U.S. government.

John Clifton, B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; M.S., Endicott College

John is currently with the Department of Homeland Security and assigned to Homeland Security Investigations, SAC Boston.  Over the past three decades he has served in a variety of operational positions with the federal government as a Naval Officer, Department of Defense civilian and in federal law enforcement.  

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Mr. Clifton holds a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies from Endicott College and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

In 2012 he received the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Leadership Award.

Justin Sultzbach, B.A., University of Texas; M.S., St. Mary’s University

Justin Sultzbach served in the United States Air Force from 2003-2007 as an electronic systems security assessment analyst, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Following his military service, Mr. Sultzbach supported the United States Air Force as a network security analyst, where he monitored the entire Air Force network for suspicious network activity.

In 2009, Mr. Sultzbach was hired by the Federal Government, specifically to support the cyber program. Mr. Sultzbach has also provided analytic support to high-profile investigations like the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings and the 2009 Ft. Hood Shootings.

Mr. Sultzbach received his M.S. in International Relations from St. Mary’s University in 2010 and his B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008.

Robert Hehl, B.A., University of Rhode Island; B.S., University of Balochistan, Pakistan; M.A., United States Naval Postgraduate School

George Hill, B.S., East Carolina University; M.B.A., Drexel University


Program of Study

Program of Study

HLS 505 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 cr.

HLS 530 Graduate Research in Homeland Security 3 cr.

HLS 525 Intelligence Issues in Homeland Security 3 cr.

HLS 542 Emergency Management in Homeland Security 3 cr.

HLS 555 Cybersecurity for the Homeland Security Professional 3 cr.

HLS 570 Transportation Security 3 cr.

HLS 510 Asymmetric Threat to the American Homeland 3 cr.

HLS 532 Critical Infrastructure Protection 3 cr.

HLS 590 Capstone: Application of Knowledge 3 cr.

Total Core Requirements 27 cr.


General Homeland Security Specialization Track 9 cr.

HLS 562 Comparative Homeland Security 3 cr.

HLS 568 Psychology of Terrorism 3 cr.

HLS 550 Project Management for Homeland Security Leaders 3 cr.


Emergency Management Specialization Track 9 cr.

HLS 600 Leadership in Emergency Management 3 cr.

HLS 601 Emergency Management Response and Recovery 3 cr.

HLS 602 Safety, Security Planning and Operations for Special Events 3 cr.


Cybersecurity Specialization Track 9 cr.

HLS 610 Information System: Hardware and Networking 3 cr.

HLS 611 Information System: Security                       3 cr.

HLS 612 Cyber Analyst    3 cr.

Total degree requirements 36 cr.


Admissions Requirements

  • Return completed application along with a non-refundable fee of $50.00; make checks payable to Endicott College. Please remember to sign and date the application.
  • Arrange to have the following sent along with your application or under a separate cover to the Van Loan School 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915
  • Complete, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A 250 – 500 word essay addressing your motivations for homeland security study, including how you see the Endicott College Homeland Security program as part of your professional and personal goals.
  • Complete resume.
  • Interview with Program Director.
  • All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Code: 3369. For information on applying for the test, see the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org or write to TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA.

Hybrid Model

Courses are offered in a hybrid model that provides adult learners a great deal of convenience, accessibility, and connectivity to content, resources, and faculty. Each course meets in a physical classroom for eight, three-hour sessions for a total of 24 contact hours over a six-week period. Students attend classes on two Saturdays (day classes) and four Wednesday evenings. Classes are arranged in the following format:

Learning Module 1 – Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learning Module 2 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Learning Modules 3, 4, 5, & 6 – Wednesday Evenings 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Learning Module 7 – Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learning Module 8 – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

On their own schedule, and from any internet-connected computer, students can access course materials, complete/submit assignments, interact with classmates, and correspond with faculty. This network-based learning model provides students a collaborative learning environment that stimulates thinking and broadens perspectives while ensuring that navigating the course website is easy.

All course materials (except textbooks) are available to students via the secure CANVAS course website.

Internships and Careers

Our students have broadened their graduate education by serving in internships with a number of different agencies in the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). Some of these agencies include the FBI, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), Department of State, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Our students have been hired by a wide array of public and private homeland security agencies. Some of the agencies and businesses that have hired graduates of the Homeland Securities Studies program include:

• AVwatch

• Boston Regional Intelligence Center

• Commonwealth Fusion Center

• Department of Homeland Security

• Department of State

• Federal Bureau of Investigation

• Morpho Trust USA

• National Grid

• Naval Criminal Investigative Service

• Raytheon

• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

• U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must successfully complete all of the required assignments and courses. Additionally, students must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 must be maintained. Students receiving grades lower than B- for six credits will be placed under academic review. Students will be placed under academic probation if their G.P.A. falls below 3.0. Continued unsatisfactory academic progress may lead to dismissal or loss of financial aid.
  • A grade of C- or lower is not acceptable student performance. Students receiving a grade of C- or lower may repeat the course once.
  • If a student receives a failing grade, he/she may retake the course and earn a new grade. The new grade will be calculated into the student’s grade point average.
  • Students must complete the program within a maximum of seven years of coursework from the date of the first class in the program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the complexity of the interdisciplinary structure of homeland security functions at the federal, state, and local level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to think, act, and articulate critically, pragmatically and strategically about homeland security.
  3. Design and evaluate homeland security-related strategies, policies, and plans at various levels of government to protect, prevent and response to a catastrophic event or disaster.
  4. Identify and evaluate specific homeland security challenges facing the United States in the 21stcentury.
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Matthew Donahue attended the University of New Hampshire from 2008-2012, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a double minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Business. Following his completion of his Bachelors Program, Matthew enrolled in Endicott College’s Homeland Security Master’s Program. Matthew completed the master’s program in 2014, leaving the program with a passion for critical infrastructure protection.

After graduating, Matthew was hired by National Grid to work as a Security Analyst in their Security Control Center. Within the first year of employment, Matthew was promoted to Operations Supervisor of the Security Control Center. This position allowed Matthew to manage the control center staff, implement new policy and procedure, and ensure that National Grid’s 24/7, 365 day a year control center was run efficiently. While in this position, Matthew was able to highlight an area that could be enhanced. Matthew crafted an Intelligence Analyst role for National Grid, focusing on identifying trends and protecting National Grid employees, property and public image. The new position has been extremely successful, and Matthew is currently serving as the full time Intelligence Analyst for National Grid focusing on critical infrastructure protection, cyber security and also serving as the United Kingdom Intelligence Analyst. 


Ashley Hannaway is an Investigative Analyst for the Diplomatic Security Boston Field Office. As an IA her primary responsibilities include case compilation, research and analysis by exploiting documents, social media and commercial databases for special agents and field office investigations.  In her first year as an IA she was awarded a Special Citation by the Boston Police Department for grateful appreciation of partnership during the investigation and subsequent apprehension of a suspect wanted for sex crimes against children. Her passion and commitment to both community wellbeing and human relations has made this career a natural fit.

One of Ms. Hannaway’s inspirations comes from the desire to continually expand professionally while evolving personally. She is a veteran of management and hospitality and holds a BS from Boston University with a double majoring in Psychology and Sociology, as well as a Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Salem State University.  Her career path spanned between the private and public sector prior to attending Endicott College where she received a Masters of Science in Homeland Security Studies while simultaneously completing a Pathways Internship with Department of State. 



Dean Julien has developed a well-rounded career in public safety. He is a full time Firefighter, Public Safety Diver and Fire Investigator for the City of Beverly. In addition to these responsibilities, Dean preserves an active role as a Reserve Police Officer and the Assistant Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Georgetown.

Prior to his extensive career in Public Service, Dean served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer and was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his service he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he was responsible for a Military Police Team.

One of Dean’s passions is the development of his education. He has completed three undergraduate degrees in multiple disciplines and has most recently completed his graduate education from Endicott College where he received a Masters of Science in Homeland Security Studies. Dean has drawn on his varied and comprehensive past to fuel his career moving forward. He is a devoted and self-motivated public servant that thrives in his pursuits to keep moving forward in service to his community.