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Environmental disasters, terrorism, espionage, border transgressions—stories about threats like these make headlines every day. Kaplan University could help you pursue an important and challenging career protecting the security and safety of our country.If you already have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college and want to earn an advanced degree to further your career, the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management could help you pursue your goal. This criminal justice degree program could help prepare you to pursue management-level positions with employers such as the Department of Homeland Security and other federal, state, and local agencies, as well consulting companies in the private sector.*
The Kaplan University Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s curriculum focuses on the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects of the industry. Our Web-based courses are taught by experienced industry professionals and are available virtually any time, anywhere you have access to the Internet. With this online master’s degree program, you will explore how societal institutions, government agencies, lawmakers, businesses, and other organizations find sustainable security and emergency management solutions on a local, regional, national, and global level.
The master’s degree curriculum emphasizes the following:
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According to the federal government, the homeland security and emergency management field is expected to continue to grow. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security is one of three federal organizations that will hire the most people through September 2012.†
With a master’s degree from Kaplan University, you could prepare for the opportunities ahead or build a solid foundation to pursue more advanced academic degrees.‡Career opportunities may exist in emergency preparedness and response, border and transportation security, infrastructure protection, information analysis, homeland defense, emergency management, service and response, hazard mitigation, and more.*
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Mar 19, 2014
This course introduces students to the master’s degree programs in the field of public safety and provides a foundation of the concepts and professional standards. It establishes the conceptual framework for other courses within the chosen degree plan and identifies current trends in the field. Focus is placed on ethical and social issues as related to writing, researching, and working collaboratively with other public service officials.
Total Program Credits: 55
This course is designed to provide students
with an understanding of the research process and the ethical
context within which research should be conducted. Further, it
will provide the basic skills needed to conduct and evaluate
research on topics relevant to the criminal justice field. In
order to accomplish these objectives, the course will focus on
the nature of scientific inquiry; the connections between theory
and research; designing research projects and exploring
causation; sampling procedures and logic; research techniques;
reliability, validity, and measurement of data; and descriptive
analyses of data.
This course covers comparative foreign
criminal justice systems, including the investigation and
prosecution of international terrorists, the International
Criminal Court, U.S. criminal cases affecting international
relations, mutual assistance treaties, and issues concerning the
formation of criminal justice systems in developing democracies.
This course is especially beneficial for understanding global
legal issues facing the criminal justice
and appropriate communication is essential for success in the academic and professional
worlds. Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety is designed
to prepare students for the rhetorical challenges found in their coursework,
professional career, and the final capstone/research paper. Students will learn
to clearly communicate complex and sophisticated materials to a wide
variety of expert and nonexpert audiences using both written and oral
techniques. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic
and paragraph levels. Students will learn about audience and purpose as well as
the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. These skills are coupled with an additional focus on
the context, delivery, and medium through which students will communicate.
Emphasis is also placed on accurately citing and quoting primary materials,
organizational strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage skills.
This course will introduce students to the
concepts, issues, and problems of crisis and emergency
management. Topics explored include: organizing and logistics for
response, managing the response organization, managing in a
high-stress environment, crisis decision making, crisis
communications, liability issues, and resource assessment and
allocation. This course will cover the methodology and rationale
behind the unified response to a terrorist, weapons of mass
destruction (WMD), or disaster incidents, and students will
examine these methodologies from the perspective of crisis
management and consequence management.
CJ 500 and CJ 526
This course is a critical analysis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), both the political and organizational factors involved and its structure and administration. Students will explore the evolution of homeland security as a concept, a legal framework, and a redirection of national policies and priorities, including any related issues and challenges with implementation. The DHS will be analyzed in light of the history of the terrorist threat, U.S. responses to terrorism, and fundamental policy legislation and documents, such as national security strategies, homeland security decision directives, the National Response Plan, and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
This course examines comprehensive strategic planning for crisis and emergency management. The theory and value of strategic planning are explained and students learn how to develop a comprehensive strategic plan.
HM 500 and HM 501
CJ 502 and approval of the Dean
This course introduces the basic theories and principles of crisis intervention. The emphasis in this course is on identifying and demonstrating appropriate and differential techniques for intervening in various types of disaster and emergency management crisis situations. This course will review empirically validated approaches to crisis intervention. The course will explore the role of law enforcement in crisis situations as well as civilian and public safety personnel behavior under emergency and disaster crisis situations. In addition, assessment and diagnosis of psychological issues commonly found in crisis situations will be examined.
This course will explore hazard mitigation and its role in disaster management. In addition, students will study the planning process, program development, and training methods for responses to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters. Topics include government and private sector programs, new approaches, and mitigation of issues/events.
This course explores the critical health and
medical management issues involved in crises and emergencies for
the nonmedical emergency manager. The wide range of medical and
health issues inherent to crises and emergencies are examined and
methods for integrating medical, public health, and psychological
processes into emergency management programs are
HM 500 or HM 501
In this course, students will learn how to evaluate the models and principles of program evaluation including the analysis of data collection techniques and research principles to conduct a needs analysis. Tools used in program evaluation, including the logic model and
the results-based accountability model, will
be covered to teach students how to define objectives, benchmarks, and indicators of a program evaluation plan. Additionally, students will develop a program
evaluation plan and learn how to analyze the strengths of a plan, as well as the political and ethical implications, and will develop
the ability to interpret data and make program recommendations and
action steps based on an evaluation plan.
CJ 500, EM 500, LS 500, or PP 500
The course examines the concepts of risk-based planning and risk management. The assessment and management of vulnerability and risk associated with terrorist and other disaster events are examined. Topics explored include: objectives of and methods for vulnerability and risk assessment for natural disasters, technological hazards, and terrorist threats; concepts of risk perception, risk communication, and risk mitigation; and the requirements and methods of critical infrastructure protection from terrorism, technological disasters, and natural disasters. Students will examine the question and make decisions regarding, "Who or what should be protected and how?"
Total Program Credits: 55
This course is designed to provide students
with a critical analysis and understanding of issues related to
terrorism. This includes historical analyses of the causes and
effects of social, political, economic, and religious conflict as
they pertain to terrorist groups from source countries;
protective intelligence gathering and associated legal issues;
threat assessment; emergency first-responder plans and policies;
counterterrorism tactics and strategies; cyberterrorism and the
role of technology; and concerns for the
This course examines the methods, processes,
and challenges in the administration and budgeting of public
funds. Students will examine the budgeting of public revenues,
revenue generation, forecasting, cost control, and fiscal
management. The importance of managing control issues and
transparency will be addressed.
PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in
Homeland Security and Emergency Management
The course explores the theory and development
of the field of public administration and the function of
management. It will cover a wide range of topics further explored
in the Master of Public Administration program. These topics may
include federalism and intergovernmental relations, ethics and
administrative leadership, personnel, and resource management.
Students will study management processes in the context of a
political environment and policy
This course involves the study of legislation
and case law that affect the daily practice of criminal justice
professionals in the context of investigative techniques and the
prosecution of cases. Students examine such areas as white-collar
crime; the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)
Act; money laundering; health care fraud; wire, mail, and bank
fraud; identity and access device fraud; securities fraud;
insurance fraud; corporate criminal liability; tax enforcement;
and public corruption. In addition, the USA PATRIOT Act, Title
III wiretaps, and grand jury procedures are also
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† Source: Where the Jobs are 2009: Mission-Critical Opportunities for America, on the Internet at http://data.wherethejobsare.org/wtja/home. These employment projections are provided for informational purposes only. Long-term projections are not intended to predict short-term changes in employment demand due to the current economy.
‡ While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.