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Homeland Security Studies Program (M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    M.S. in Homeland Security Studies (36 Credits)

    For professionals in all disciplines such as business, criminal justice, hospitality, and communications, this graduate program will train you to pursue leadership positions in the ever-changing private and public sector. You’ll address complex, multi-disciplinary, and strategic-level issues, and manage challenges that confront modern societies in an increasingly uncertain national and global security environment.

    • Curriculum covers terrorism, emergency management, and cybersecurity*
    • Collaborative learning environment
    • Expert faculty from FBI, DHS, FEMA, and military branches
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support
    • Yellow Ribbon/Military Friendly
    • No GRE required

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    *The Cybersecurity specialization option prepares students to sit for the CompTIA Security+ exam, and covers the exam fee. Certificate in Cybersecurity also available.

    Homeland Security students during capstone presentations
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/Van-Loan/Van-Loan-Admissions

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • An updated resume;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • Interview with the program director
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Recognize the complexity of the interdisciplinary structure of homeland security functions at the federal, state, local and private level.
    • Demonstrate the ability to think, act, and articulate critically, pragmatically, and strategically about homeland security.
    • Design and evaluate homeland security-related strategies, policies, and plans at various levels of government to protect, prevent and respond to a catastrophic event or disaster.
    • Identify and evaluate specific homeland security challenges facing the United States in the 21st century.

    Required Curriculum

    Foundation Courses

    HLS 505 - Foundations of Homeland Security
    HLS 531 - Graduate Writing and Research in Homeland Security

    Terrorism Studies Courses

    HLS 510 - Asymmetric Threats to the American Homeland
    HLS 525 - U.S. Intelligence Dynamics
    HLS 568 - Psychology of Terrorism

    Emergency Management Courses

    HLS 542 - Emergency Management in Homeland Security
    HLS 600 - Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Management
    HLS 601 - Emergency Management Response and Recovery

    Cybersecurity Courses

    HLS 555 - Cybersecurity for the Homeland Security Professional
    HLS 610 - Cybersecurity Analyst
    HLS 611 - Information System Hardware and Networking

    Capstone Course

    HLS 590 - Capstone: Application of Knowledge

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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  • Internships and Careers

    Homeland Security Studies students and alumni work in a variety of industries and use their graduate-level emergency management, terrorism, and cybersecurity training to lead major initiatives, earn promotions, or acquire a solid job opportunity as the start to a rewarding career path. Select work sites include:

    • Biogen
    • Carbon Black 
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • Essex County Sheriff’s Office
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • Local & state public safety (police, fire, & emergency management)
    • Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)
    • National Grid
    • Raytheon
    • Santander Bank
    • Steel Root* (IT services company focusing on cybersecurity)
    • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    • U.S. Attorney’s Office
    • U.S. Coast Guard
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    • U.S. State Department

    *Alumni owned and operated business.

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In Pictures
Leading the Way in a Male-dominated Industry
Vincenza DiMaio ’16 M’18 shares her story of success in the homeland security space and how Endicott helped her get there.
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Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Pope, Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor at Endicott College, Christopher Pope, is a leader both in-and-outside of the classroom.
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M.S. in Homeland Security Alumnus Helps Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane Maria
Endicott College alumnus and Puerto Rico native Felix Zamot returns home to help FEMA after Hurricane Maria.
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Homeland Security M.S.

With our affordable and accelerated graduate program, you'll become a vital member of a security or response team sooner than you think.

$26,640 Affordable Tuition
We offer incredible value despite a lower tuition than our competitors. Compare us to other programs and see for yourself.
36 Credits Required
Our program is designed for the working professional so you earn class credits during evenings, Saturdays, or online.
18 Months to Completion
In less than two years, you'll be qualified to help prevent terrorism/cybersecurity attacks or lead emergency response and recovery efforts.