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Homeland Security Studies (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a 36-credit program designed for those seeking to enter the Homeland Security profession and for those already in the profession who are looking to advance their careers.

OPEN HOUSE - Every Wednesday, 3-7 p.m., Van Loan Building, Office 104
EXPERIENCE THE PROGRAM - Attend a class, guest lecture or student presentation (call to schedule)
Contact: Michael D. Andreas, Program Director (978) 232-2740 (desk) or email: mandreas@endicott.edu

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Welcome from the Program Director

Endicott Homeland Security Director, Michael Andreas

I am thrilled that you are considering enrolling in our Master of Science Degree Program in Homeland Security Studies. Selecting a graduate program is an important decision, one that requires careful reflection and should only be made after you have considered a number of important factors. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a few details about Endicott College and our program. Michael Andreas

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Program Overview

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.

Courses are delivered in both hybrid (blend of traditional and online) and 100 percent online formats.

The overarching goal of the program is to prepare you as a highly skilled homeland security professional who can assume a leadership position in either the public or private sectors. You will be immersed a collaborative learning environment that focuses on interdisciplinary strategic issues, the application of theory, the development of critical reading, writing and thinking skills; and executive-level leadership skills. Students learn innovative problem-solving methodologies as they advance their research, analytical, and interpersonal skill sets. Learning activities span a wide array of individual and collaborative homeland security-related assignments, presentations, and projects that foster a deeper understanding of 21st century security needs.

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


Endicott College - M.S. Homeland Security

Featured News

We are honored that Jennifer Olejnik is serving the United States of America as an intern at the Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican). Jennifer is joining three other students in the program who are advancing their skill sets and gaining valuable experience while serving in Department of State internships in Washington, D.C. and Boston.

5th Year Graduate Program

This Master of Science program allows students to substitute a “free" elective course during the spring semester of both their junior and senior years. This major focuses on a student’s ability to assess risk and engage in critical thinking about conflict, security, and other national security issues.

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.

Program Goals

The Program is designed to achieve the following:

  • To provide America with highly educated homeland security professionals who can think and act critically, pragmatically, and strategically about a wide array of complex homeland security issues.
  • To provide students an innovative and forward-thinking curriculum that synthesizes homeland security-related competencies, concepts, methodologies, practices, and strategies with a network-based, collaborative learning environment facilitated by the use of technology.
  • To provide students the knowledge and skills sets that enable them to design, implement, and evaluate homeland security-related strategies, policies, and plans at any level of government or business.
  • To provide a curriculum that prepares students to continue their education at the doctoral level.

Program of Study

Course Sequence and Credits

HLS 505 Introduction to 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 530 Graduate Research in Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 542 Emergency Management in Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 550 Project Management for Homeland Security Leaders 3 cr.
HLS 562 Comparative Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 577 Strategic Issues in Homeland Security 3 cr.
HLS 590 Capstone: Application of Knowledge 3 cr.
Total Credit Requirements

36 cr.

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Return the 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 of Graduate and Professional Studies, 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.

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.
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