Graduate Admissions

Integrated Homeland Security Management (M.S.)

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a total of at least 36 units:

  • 15 units in five core courses taken by all students
  • 9 units in three specialization courses
  • 6 units in two collateral courses from other specialization areas
  • 3 units of internship/project
  • 3 units in one elective course
These are outlined below.

Required Courses (15 units)

IHSM 611 Critical National Infrastructures (3)
IHSM 612 Planning, Prevention and Management of Risk (3)
IHSM 613 Emergency Communication and Management (3)
IHSM 614 Team Building and Leadership Skills (3)
IHSM 615 Analysis/Assessment of Strategic and Tactical Planning (3)
NOTE: The five core courses above will constitute the Certificate in Security Assessment and Management.

Specialized Courses (9 units)

Choose three courses in one of the three areas of individual specialization:
Information Assurance
IHSM 621 Information Systems Vulnerability and Risk Analysis (3)
IHSM 622 Application Software Security (3)
IHSM 623 Network Security (3)

Health Preparedness
IHSM 631 Mental Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (3)
IHSM 632 Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (3)
IHSM 633 Disaster Response and Community Health (3)

Security Policy
IHSM 641 Terrorism and Political Violence (3)
IHSM 642 Intelligence and Homeland Security (3)
IHSM 643 Homeland Security and Constitutional Rights (3)

Collateral courses (6 units)

Choose one introductory course in each of the two areas outside your specialization area:
Information Assurance
IHSM 620 Introduction to Information Assurance (3)

Health Preparedness
IHSM 630 Health System Preparedness (3)

Security Policy
IHSM 640 U.S. Homeland Security Policy (3)

Elective Courses (3 units)

Each student must take one elective course from the following:
IHSM 660 GIS Applications: Homeland Security and Emergency Management (3)

Graduate Project (3 units)

The extended project offers a practical, real-world problem-solving experience for the student. Ideally, students will form working groups to take on a project from an agency of federal, state or local government, or a private business. They will, per the graduate project guidelines, begin work on the project after taking 15 units of course work and continue the project while completing other course work.
IHSM 881 Project I (3)

NOTE 1: Following regular policies of course transfers, it may be possible to transfer courses from similar programs at other universities, notably through collaboration with other universities in the Maryland Alliance for Information Security and Assurance (MAISA), which is an initiative funded by NSF.

NOTE 2: By taking three additional courses, a student in the Information Assurance Track can also obtain the Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Assurance.

For information on all matters related to admissions, fees, or registration, please contact the Graduate School.








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