Graduate Admissions

Integrated Homeland Security Management (M.S.)


Why Earn a Master's Degree in Homeland Security?

Homeland security continues to be a top priority and a critical issue for local, state and the federal government as well as the corporate sector. It is predicted that in the next decade, homeland security will be the largest government employer. As America continues to face threats, the need for professionals with applied knowledge, solid skills and practical experience will increase.

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.

Program Structure

Towson University's Master of Science in Integrated Homeland Security Management balances broad-based knowledge with specific areas of specialization and an applied capstone experience. The program's core courses constitute the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Security Assessment and Management.

The Master's degree builds on this foundation by adding three areas of specialization in:

  • Information Assurance
  • Health Preparedness
  • Security Policy

To further encourage a cross-disciplinary experience, students must take one course in each of the two areas outside of their own areas of specialization. And the extended project offers a practical problem-solving experience through work on an actual security assignment from a federal, state or local government agency or a private business. Project work begins midway through the program to facilitate collaboration, real-world skill development and a solid basis for moving into a career in homeland security.

Online Instruction

The entire Integrated Homeland Security Management program is delivered online. The goal of the online program is to provide students all the necessary resources at their finger tips. Students participate in online classroom discussions and review class materials whenever they choose. The university utilizes Blackboard web as the learning platform for all online courses, so there is a consistent format from course to course. 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 for the Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management and all Protective Security Disciplines, with more than 22 institutional chapters, 3 professional chapters, and a vibrant National Chapter, the Society has inducted academically superior students from over 50 schools across the country. Apply today!



Dr. Joseph R. Clark

Dr. Joseph R. Clark
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