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Homeland Security (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a 36-credit program designed for current and future homeland security professionals who seek mid- to upper-level leadership positions in this emerging discipline.The following cohorts accepting applications now:
Cohort HS03 (Residential) - now until February 14, 2015
Cohort HS04 (Residential) - now until September 1, 2015
Online Program - now until March 1, 2015

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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.

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a 36-credit program designed for current and future homeland security professionals who seek mid- to upper-level leadership positions in this emerging discipline. The program addresses complex issues that homeland security leaders will encounter in a rapidly evolving and increasingly uncertain national and global security environment.

The overarching goal of the program is to provide America with highly educated and skilled homeland security professionals. This is accomplished by immersing students in a collaborative learning environment that focuses on interdisciplinary strategic issues, the application of theory, and the development of critical thinking 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 writing assignments, presentations, debates, and projects that foster a deeper understanding of our nation’s security needs.

As students embark upon their educational journey, they are introduced to a carefully designed and ordered curriculum that keeps students actively learning while participating in highly relevant coursework. Many of the program’s instructors are current or former homeland security professionals with broad experience and exemplary credentials. The curriculum is designed by a core cadre of homeland security and education professionals for those planning careers in the public, private, domestic or international homeland security-related fields.

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

The program includes a core set of curriculum elements that will encourage students to think, analyze, and communicate about homeland security. The program’s strategy is to provide students a strategic, theoretical, and practical understanding of pertinent homeland security issues that will challenge student assumptions about homeland security. Course titles include: Introduction to Homeland Security, Intelligence

 Issues in Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Asymmetric Threats to the American Homeland, Modern Security Technologies, Graduate Research in Homeland Security, Emergency Management in Homeland Security, Comparative Homeland Security, Psychology of Terrorism, Special Topics in Homeland Security, and a Capstone course that culminates the educational experience. These courses frame a unique and broad-based curriculum that takes into consideration the types of issues that today’s homeland security leaders will encounter.

In twenty-first century America, homeland security professionals are expected to work more collaboratively with colleagues, businesses, government agencies, and international allies. Because the need to work in teams and create synergy is more prevalent today than ever, the program admits students into small learning cohorts of no more than thirty. In this fashion, students progress through the curriculum as a group and share learning experiences simultaneously. This shared, network-based environment maximizes a group’s educational experience while forming a body of knowledge and support that students can draw upon when needed. An added benefit of the cohort model is the development of lasting personal and professional relationships in the student group. These relationships are carried into the workforce and thereby help to create networks of highly educated homeland security professionals.

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

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

Component 1 Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Component 2 Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Component 3 – 6 Weeknights 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Component 7 Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Component 8 Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Click here for a pdf of the current course calendar.

In addition, students are expected to complete weekly online assignments in GullNet (Endicott’s password protected, asynchronous learning management system) where coursework, online assignments, forums, and reading materials are available to students 24/7. On their own schedule, and from any internet-connected computer, students can access course materials, complete online assignments, interact with classmates, and correspond with instructors. This network-based learning model provides students a multidimensional and collaborative learning environment that stimulates thinking, broadens perspectives, and exposes students to competing viewpoints.

By the time students complete this 18-month, highly relevant, and rigorous graduate-level educational program, they will possess the necessary knowledge, research, and interpersonal skill sets to lead America’s homeland security effort.

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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Lauren Todd ’14
Administrative and Operations Officer, – Avwatch, Plymouth, MA (Hired March 2014)

Endicott’s Homeland Security Master’s Program immerses the students into a collaborative learning environment. It has provided me with a strategic, theoretical, and practical understanding of the complex issues that homeland security leaders encounter today. The small-sized cohorts have built a network-based environment, which has maximized my educational experience. I know that upon graduation, I will have lasting personal and professional relationships with not only my peers, but my professors as well. It is truly a unique, innovative, and synergistic graduate program.

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Michael Burke ’14

The Homeland Security Graduate School Program at Endicott College teaches a strategic, theoretical, and practical understanding of relevant and pivotal Homeland Security issues. This program provides students the necessary skills to effectively and efficiently work across multiple domains within the field as well as make critical decisions regarding national security. The professors within this program are exceptional homeland security leaders who possess real-world experience in organizations such as the FBI, Federal Air Marshals, U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army and Raytheon. This program has been a life changing experience and I highly recommend it to those interested in becoming a part of this expansive and vital field that we call Homeland Security. 

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Andrew Zani ’14
Program Coordinator, MA-Department of Justice Firearms Records Bureau

The homeland security degree is a nationally recognized program that caters to those interested in this field of study. No other homeland security program can rival the expertise the faculty bring to the classroom. A majority of the faculty are high-ranking practitioners who are graduates of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Director Andreas has done a phenomenal job bringing this degree to Endicott College and the future of this developing field is brighter because of this program.

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Matt Donahue ’14
U.S. Global Security Coordinator, National Grid (Hired March 2014)

I entered the Master’s of Sciences in Homeland Security Program directly from undergraduate school. I went to the University of New Hampshire where classes are extremely large. The small classes at Endicott allowed me to get the most from the professors and my fellow cohort members. I have no experience in the homeland security field and I was worried about that affecting my job opportunities after graduation. My fears were instantly erased when I met the faculty and realized I was learning from leaders in the field. The best part about the program is that the professors are current homeland security leaders and therefore bring real world experience to the classroom. The classes covered an astounding range of topics and thoroughly prepared me to enter the homeland security field. A week after graduation I was interviewing for positions–three weeks after classes ended I was hired. This master’s degree is what got me in the door and what separated me from the other applicants (several of whom had many years of experience in related fields). I recommend this program to everyone I talk to. This degree prepared me to become a leader in this field and it helped me find a fantastic job in infrastructure protection. I am excited for the future and will never forget my experience at Endicott College.

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Gregory John Walsh, 1LT, CM  '14
Sales and Operations Officer – Avwatch, Plymouth, MA (Hired March 2014)
As I sat in awe of the biographies of the instructors I realized there was no other program like this in the entire country! With amazingly qualified instructors I could not wait to get into the first class and when the time came, it was more than I could have hoped for.
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Kenneth Hanson '14
Mitigation Specialist – Morpho Trust USA Inc. (Hired July 2013)
If you are interested in homeland security, look no further than Endicottt's Homeland Security Studies program. Having taken classes with Director Michael Andreas in the past, I found his knowledge in the field of homeland security to be unparalleled. In my opinion, you would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive and professionally relevant homeland security program offered at any other institution.