The Master of Science in Homeland Security is a dynamic program designed to prepare present and future leaders in the field of homeland security to address the problems and issues confronting their agencies and organizations. The Homeland Security program offers concentrations in Safety and Security, Military Leadership, Emergency Management and Organizational Continuity, and Applied Homeland Security Intelligence, addressing the need for graduate-level exposure to current topics in homeland security for leaders and those preparing to be leaders in the field. The program provides the theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge needed to pursue a degree beyond the master’s level. The degree has been developed in close consultation with the professional practitioners in the field and weaves the themes of scholarship, professional experience, ethics, and technology into the courses to meet the goals and objectives of the program. The Homeland Security degree is offered entirely online, providing working professionals, information assurance specialists, law enforcement and military personnel the flexibility to complete their degrees without compromising their professional and personal schedules.
The core of the program will provide solid theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge needed to pursue a degree beyond the master’s level. This base of knowledge will prepare students to understand the issues involved and adapt to the ever-changing landscapes in homeland security. Courses have been carefully selected and designed in consultation with professional practitioners to ensure that the most current issues and topics are included in the curriculum. The faculty is carefully recruited from the field to ensure that the class presentations are as current as the events in the professional arena. The Capstone project is earned by completing a field practicum, a small project, or research study and by submitting a portfolio or final paper.
Additionally, the program has a built-in flexibility that respects the professional and personal commitments and responsibilities that today’s learners have while pursuing their goal of advanced academic studies. The Master of Science in Homeland Security program is designed and delivered entirely online. This offers the students the convenience of completing their degrees while working toward career advancement.
The Master of Science in Homeland Security requires 33 credit hours. All students must satisfactorily complete six core courses. A total of four courses are chosen from an area of specialized concentration. The final requirement is completing a Capstone project (3 credits)
The Master of Science in Homeland Security is intended to provide students with the academic capital needed for successful careers in the field. The degree also provides a sound foundation for entry into other professional endeavors and/or the opportunity to meet an intellectual interest in this very challenging field of study.
All students must satisfactorily complete the following core courses:
MHS 7000 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security
MHS 7001 Sociology of Terrorism
MHS 7002 Legal Aspects and Policy of Homeland Security
MHS 7003 Risk Assessment and Management
MHS 7004 Crisis Leadership
MHS 7033 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
There is a need for homeland security and criminal justice practitioners to develop an understanding of intelligence and its application in both foreign and domestic settings. The concentration in Applied Homeland Security Intelligence will prepare students for success in a variety of occupational environments, including federal, state, and local governments and private sector organizations.
MHS 7007 Strategic Planning in Homeland Security
MHS 7012 History, Policy, and Legal Aspects of the US Intelligence Enterprise
MHS 7013 Applying the Intelligence Process
MHS 7014 Intelligence to Protect the Homeland
MHS 7020 Capstone
Emergency management and organizational continuity are integral components of homeland security in the United States. This concentration in Emergency Management and Organizational Continuity is intended to provide graduate homeland security students the opportunity to conduct in-depth research and analysis into emergency management and organizational continuity. This concentration is also intended to increase students’ confidence relative to emergency management policy and processes, and organizational continuity practices, while preparing them for an emergency management professional certification.
This concentration is also intended to increase students’ confidence relative to emergency management policy and processes, and organizational continuity practices, while preparing them for the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) certification. Learn more about IAEM certification.
MHS 7008 Fundamentals of Bio-Terrorism
MHS 7009 Emergency Management Processes, Policy, and Administration
MHS 7010 The Emergency Management Cycle
MHS 7011 Organizational Continuity
MHS 7021 Capstone
To be eligible for this concentration, students must have successfully completed the Delaware Leadership Academy sponsored by the Delaware National Guard.
Five core courses as listed above. Students will not be required to take MHS 7004.
DNG 6200 Strategic Leadership and Decision Making
DNG 6300 Military Leadership Skills
DNG 6400 The Role of the Guard
DNG 6500 Joint Force Operations
DNG 6600 Crisis Leadership
Six courses as listed above
MHS 7005 Border and Transportation Security
MHS 7006 Topics in Intelligence
Qualifications for Degree
To qualify for the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree, a student must satisfy the fully admitted requirements and complete a minimum of 33 credit hours, maintaining a grade point average of 3.0. The program must be completed within five years. Students may transfer up to six credits from accredited graduate programs completed before matriculation at Wilmington University. This may include graduate studies completed as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and similar accredited programs based upon transcript review and the approval of the Program Chair.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.