Homeland security affects Americans at the community, municipal, tribal, state, and federal levels. It affects them individually and collectively. Homeland security issues interconnect and affect the operational environments and outcomes sought and achieved by governments, businesses, and social institutions. Whether threats emanate from human activity or error, natural disasters or environmental factors, or interaction among all the above — such threats pose challenges that require a professional workforce infused with solid academic skills, practical experience, and applied knowledge.
Towson University's Master of Science degree in Integrated Homeland Security Management and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security Assessment and Management is specifically designed to prepare qualified practitioners to fulfill this critical workforce need. Graduates of the program will possess proficiency in:
the research, development and analysis of security strategies;
critical agency infrastructures and their inter-relationships;
team leadership and cooperative planning; and
formulating and executing integrated, rapid responses to crisis situations.
Towson University's Master of Science in Integrated Homeland Security Management balances broad-based knowledge with specific areas of specialization and an applied capstone research experience to provide those working in the homeland security enterprise with the skills needed to craft, allocate, and employ the human and material resources of their organizations. The program's core courses constitute the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security Assessment and Management.
The Master's of Science degree builds on this core foundation by offering students three areas of specialization, of which they must select one. The areas of specialization are: Health Preparedness, Information Assurance, and Security Policy. In order to prepare students for the cross-disciplinary demands of homeland security management, however, students must take one course in each of the two areas outside their chosen area. This provides students opportunities to prepare for the complex and interconnected nature of most homeland security issues.
The capstone research project offers a practical problem-solving experience, real-world skill development, and a solid basis for advancing a career in homeland security. As part of the capstone requirement, students identify a desired policy outcome (an end-state they seek to achieve or avoid), partner with a faculty member, and through research develop a causal argument about the most effective way to achieve that outcome.
Currently, the Integrated Homeland Security Management program is delivered online. The goal of the online program is to provide working professionals the resources and flexibility to be successful graduate students. Via Towson University’s Blackboard website, students participate in online classroom discussions and review class materials. The application process and curriculum requirements for online learners are identical to those for students attending courses on Towson's campus.
Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society
The Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society is open to individuals in the Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management, and Protective Security Disciplines. The society has institutional chapters, professional chapters, and a national chapter with superior students from schools across the country.