Program Summary

With the unfortunate rise of terrorist attacks around the globe coupled with unforeseen natural and manmade disasters, skilled homeland security professionals are in high demand. Offered by the Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the online MA in Homeland Security prepares students to effectively respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters and mitigate the impact of terrorist attacks. By combining essential leadership and management skills with in-depth knowledge of homeland security strategies, the program equips students with the tools required to help keep the nation safe.

Ideally located just blocks from the World Trade Center, Pace University’s Manhattan campus is a hub for the study of homeland security. Our online students benefit from the same rigorous curriculum and access to resources as our on-campus students, and have the opportunity to study subjects including:

  • Public sector management
  • Public sector strategic planning and budgeting
  • U.S. Constitution and ethical issues
  • Policy analysis and program evaluation
  • International human rights
  • Intelligence gathering strategies
  • Technology and critical infrastructure protection
  • Public health issues for homeland security leaders
  • Psychology and terrorism
 
Leadership is important in all situations. But equally, if not more important, are managers who know how to use their expertise and use transferable skills to address any situation.
– Joseph Ryan, PhD, Professor and Department Chair

Who Can Benefit?

The online MA in Homeland Security equips individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds including criminal justice, fire service, public health, military, teaching, psychology, and more to respond to unforeseen threats or disasters. These students often have goals that may include:

  • Entering the field of homeland security
  • Transitioning to a different branch within homeland security
  • Being promoted to leadership positions in the field
  • Obtaining a higher salary

CHDS-Approved Curriculum

As a participant in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) University Agency and Partnership Initiative (UAPI), the online MA in Homeland Security curriculum offers a number of courses from the official CHDS master’s course catalog as well as two specialized courses unique to the MHS. In addition, students have access to the CHDS Homeland Security Digital Library and all other resources.

 
The professors at Pace really allow you to develop yourself, and the more I can keep myself apprised of what’s happening, the more I can keep us safer.
– Amery Bernhardt, Sergeant, Westchester County Department of Public Safety (MHS alumnus)

Field-Tested Faculty

The online MHS has assembled a diverse group of faculty members with a wide range of real-world experience in the field of homeland security. Whether they worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); or state and local police, fire, emergency management and public health organizations, each of them brings a unique skillset to the program to help students succeed.

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