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  • 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 intelligence, terrorism studies, 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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    Homeland Security students during capstone presentations
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate 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 ina 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:

    • Examine the complex functions and interdisciplinary nature of federal, state, and local agencies involved in intelligence, law enforcement, and other homeland security missions.
    • Create effective written and verbal analyses of homeland security policies, practices, and issues.
    • Evaluate strategies, systems, and tactics employed at various levels of government to prevent, mitigate, and respond to emergencies.
    • Analyze the evolution, countermeasures, and policy implications of cyber threats, terrorism, and other key security challenges confronting the United States. 

    Required Curriculum

    Foundation Courses

    • HLS 505 - Foundations of Homeland Security (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 531 - Graduate Writing and Research in Homeland Security (Cr: 3)

    Terrorism Studies Courses

    • HLS 510 - Asymmetric Threats to the American Homeland (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 525 - U.S. Intelligence Dynamics (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 568 - Psychology of Terrorism (Cr: 3)

    Emergency Management Courses

    • HLS 542 - Emergency Management in Homeland Security (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 600 - Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Management (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 601 - Emergency Management Response and Recovery (Cr: 3)

    Cybersecurity Courses

    • HLS 555 - Cybersecurity for the Homeland Security Professional (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 610 - Cybersecurity Analyst (Cr: 3)
    • HLS 611 - Information System Hardware and Networking (Cr: 3)

    Capstone Course

    • HLS 590 - Capstone: Application of Knowledge (Cr: 3)

    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.

$28,260 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.