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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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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 Completely 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
  • Prestigious Internships provide experience, connections and real-life experience that will give you the edge in advancing your career.
  • Site Visit Program gets you out to homeland-security related sites on a regular basis, seeing and learning first-hand from experts in the field.

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

Endicott College - M.S. Homeland Security 
Endicott College - M.S. Homeland Security
Endicott College - M.S. Homeland Security



Program of Study

Course Sequence and Credits

HLS 505 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 530 Graduate Research in Homeland Security  3 cr. 
HLS 562 Comparative Homeland Security 3 cr. 
HLS 525 Intelligence Issues in Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 510 Asymmetric Threats to the American Homeland 3 cr.
HLS 568 Psychology of Terrorism 3 cr.
HLS 540 Modern Security Technologies 3 cr.
HLS 532 Critical Infrastructure Protection 3 cr.
HLS 542 Emergency Management in Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 550 Project Management for Homeland Security Leaders 3 cr.
HLS 555

Cybersecurity for the Homeland Security Professional 

3 cr.
HLS 577 Strategic Issues in Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 590 Capstone: Application of Knowledge 3 cr.
Total Credit Requirements

36 cr.

Course Descriptions

Portions of the Endicott College Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies curriculum were developed in collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. We pride ourselves on being aligned with NPS/CHDS

HLS 505 - Introduction to Homeland Security 3cr. 

This course will map and examine the homeland security terrain as it orients students with the essential theories, ideas, and issues that constitute the emerging discipline of homeland security. Students will be introduced to national, state, local and private strategies and polices; public and private homeland security initiatives; best practice theory; and the relationship between homeland security and homeland defense agencies.

HLS 510 - Asymmetric Threats to the American Homeland 3cr.

The central purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical, practical, organizational, and operational aspects of asymmetric terror organizations. Through the context of the U.S. security domain, students are provided an understanding of the methodologies and tradecraft utilized by clandestine groups to organize, recruit, and operate. The course addresses the various forms of terrorism along with successful anti-terror strategies used to compromise violent clandestine groups.

HLS 525 - Intelligence Issues in Homeland Security 3cr. 

The course objective is to provide students a graduate-level understanding of the organizational, operational, and substantive issues in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). The course explores the role of intelligence as it relates to homeland and national security. Students will discuss issues relating to collection, analysis, fusion, dissemination, policy and strategy impact, intergovernmental relations, and oversight. The course investigates intelligence support issues and collection methodologies associated with non-federal agencies. The entire intelligence community is examined along with the laws, regulations, and governing policy that impact U.S. intelligence operations.

HLS 530 - Graduate Research in Homeland Security 3cr.

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students an introductory-level understanding of the research methodologies, theoretical models, and problem-solving skills that government personnel or those employed in a homeland security-related field are likely to encounter during their careers. This course explores the practices and modalities of quality research as students are introduced to an array of qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Students learn how to conduct case study and policy analysis research. Students also learn a number of effective problem-solving techniques, how to write about numbers, and how to display data in research or presentations.

HLS 540 - Modern Security Technologies 3cr.*

In today's interconnected and technology-based society, government, and private agencies are more dependent than ever on technology to accomplish their missions. This course provides students an overarching examination of Homeland Security technologies. Students will learn how to leverage and use technology as a tool to facilitate the intelligence, prevention, protection, response, and recovery missions. The course broadens student perspectives about security-related technologies and enables them to understand the issues associated with identifying, implementing, and evaluating a new technology or the novel application of a technology in the Homeland Security field.

HLS 532 - Critical Infrastructure Protection 3cr. 

Protecting critical infrastructure is one of the most important aspects of homeland security. This course introduces students to America’s infrastructure, the central role it plays in a modern society, and the network theory titled Model-Based Vulnerability Analysis (MBVA) used to protect these national assets. Each infrastructure sector is examined along with the inherent difficulties associated with protecting complex systems and networks. The course presents the fundamentals of risk assessment and teaches students how to arrive at an optimal investment strategy for protecting an asset or asset component. Through the application of theory, principles, and methodology, and by studying case examples, students will be able to construct effective protective strategies for infrastructure in their discipline, region, or state. The course examines the economic impact of major system failure caused by malfunction, disaster, or attack.

HLS 542 - Emergency Management in Homeland Security 3cr. 

This course is founded on the premise that effective homeland security leaders must possess a comprehensive understanding of emergency management principles, practices, strategies, and methodologies. This course introduces students to the dynamic field of emergency management and then works to deepen student understanding through the use of case study. Students learn to view emergency management and disaster from an administrative, political, social, and economic perspective. Interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, legal, political, and policy issues are examined. Students learn how emergency managers operate before, during, and after a manmade, accidental, or naturally occurring disaster.

HLS 550 - Project Management for Homeland Security Leaders 3cr.

To be successful in today’s rapidly evolving world, leaders and employees in the public and private sectors must possess a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, principles, and practices associated with project management. This course provides students the necessary knowledge and skill sets to identify, plan, and bring to fruition complex domestic and international projects in hyper-competitive environments. The course examines an array of project management issues, including planning, implementing, scheduling, budgeting, and assessing techniques. Students learn collaboration building skill-sets through a team-based approach to project, program, and portfolio management. This course will assist students to deliver projects in a timely, professional, and consistent manner.

HLS 555 - Cybersecurity for the Homeland Security Professional 3cr.*

This course examines practical, theoretical, and regulatory aspects of modern-day cyber threats and conflict through the lens of U.S. Government cybersecurity policy. Through analysis of existing cyber threats, cybersecurity regulations and network attack case studies, the course explores the many challenges policy makers confront when attempting to codify domestic and international cyber security standards and enforceable laws. The course also examines smart and best practices in private-sector cyber security initiatives.

HLS 562 - Comparative Homeland Security 3cr.

The overarching purpose of this course is to provide students a detailed examination of the national counterterrorism and homeland security strategies, policies, and practices employed by a variety of countries in Europe and Western Asia. Students work toward developing an understanding of the difficulties associated with national security-related policies. Learning how other countries cope with the terrorism phenomenon while balancing the need for security and the demands of a free society is the central theme of the course. The course includes a survey of counterterrorism policy responses in liberal democracies across the globe.

HLS 568 - Psychology of Terrorism 3cr.

This course introduces students to the psychological aspects of terrorists, terrorism, mass-casualty, and catastrophic events. The course focuses on how seemingly good people are able to perpetrate acts of extreme violence. In addition, students are introduced to the psychological consequences experienced by victims and the general public when terrorism and other horrific acts occur and are then publicized in the media. The course will conclude by reviewing the status and fallacies related to the interventions applied to victims of extreme events.

HLS 577 - Strategic Issues in Homeland Security 3cr. 

The principle objective of this course is to broaden student understanding of the multidisciplinary and contrasting architecture of Homeland Security. Students examine a variety of contemporary issues in the areas of public health; citizen and state rights; border, maritime, aviation, and transportation security; the civil-military relationship; the impact of security on commerce; and the expanding role of law enforcement in national, regional and state security efforts. The course also examines the USA PATRIOT Act and the handling of citizens when they are detained for terrorist-related violations.

HLS 590 - Capstone: Application of Knowledge 3cr

The Capstone course provides students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of the knowledge acquired in the Homeland Security program. The course examines the content, core issues, and future application of the knowledge acquired in each course. Additionally, the course identifies and surveys future issues associated with each course topic. The course is presented in seminar format.

*Students enroll in either HLS 540 or HLS 555


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.

Homeland Security Studies Faculty

Learn From Experienced Professionals

Our faculty are experienced professionals with exemplary credentials and significant real-world experience. Agencies and private businesses where our faculty are either currently or formerly employed include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Department of State (DoS)
  • United States Army
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)
  • Raytheon
  • Avwatch
  • United States Coast Guard

Nine of our faculty are graduates of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. This prestigious learning institution is sponsored by U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is widely sought after by professionals in the homeland security field.

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. Demonstrate the ability to think and act critically, pragmatically, and strategically about homeland security.
  2. Understand, articulate, and influence the multidisciplinary and multivariant 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.
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