Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals, MA

The Master of Arts program in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals is particularly appropriate for individuals in all realms of safety and security work, including public health. Offered primarily online, this graduate program has as its purpose the development of advanced knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in public safety and national security in an increasingly global environment.

The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in Public Safety, Criminal Justice, Business, Continuity, Transportation; Critical Infrastructure Protection; Public Health; Intelligence analysis; Cyber Security; Border Occupations; Banks; Physical Security; Utilities; Technology, with careers at every level of government and in the private sector. The program will develop understanding of how to strengthen and provide a concerted national effort to prevent crime and disrupt terrorist attacks, protect against human and natural hazards, and respond to and recover from incidents that do occur. In short, it involves all strategies aimed at securing the democracy of the United States of America.

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Effective Fall 2010

This program consists of 33-36 credits, including required orientation, core courses, electives, and a master’s project or thesis.

Students can complete the degree program in two years. During the first year of study, students focus on completing their core requirements before selecting track or elective courses.



Mandatory MA Orientation (4 hours)


Required Courses: (15 credits)


CRJ 601*

Introduction to Homeland Security (3)
*This course is a prerequisite for all others.

CRJ 602

Public Sector Management (3)

CRJ 603

Public Sector Strategic Planning and Budgeting (3)

CRJ 604

U.S. Constitution & Ethical Issues (3)

CRJ 605

Public Sector Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation (3)

Elective Courses: (18-21 credits)


For students choosing the thesis option, elective requirements must include CRJ 628 Research Colloquium & Capstone Seminar and five other courses from the following list for a total of 18 credits.

For students choosing the master’s project option, elective requirements are seven of the following eight courses for a total of 21 credits.

CRJ 629

Comparative Governments (3)

CRJ 622

International Human Rights (3)

CRJ 630

Intelligence Gathering Strategies for Homeland Security (3)

CRJ 624

Technology and Critical Infrastructure Protection (3)

CRJ 625

Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security (3)

CRJ 626

Special Topics in Homeland Security (3)

CRJ 627

Psychology & Terrorism/Fear (3)

CRJ 628

Research Colloquium & Capstone Seminar (3)

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