Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Environmental disasters, terrorism, espionage—these types of threats make headlines every day. Kaplan University could help you pursue a rewarding career protecting the security of our country and addressing these challenges head-on.
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 achieve this goal. This criminal justice and homeland security degree program
A master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management can also help prepare you for a dynamic career within private-sector consulting companies.* Explore an emergency management master’s degree to help you grow your career in this evolving field.
Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program Highlights
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 homeland security courses are taught by experienced industry professionals and are available virtually anytime, anywhere you have access to the Internet. With this online 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:
- The evaluation of social and ethical implications of decisions made to protect people and property
- Complex global challenges with innovative solutions
- The application of theory, current knowledge, and legal doctrine
- Cultural and individual differences of constituents and stakeholders
- The application of leadership principles to shape change and improve management policy and practices
- The evaluation of research on current knowledge and developing trends
- The application of organizational behavior and management theories to daily operations
Higher Education at the Highest Standards
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.
What are the Career Opportunities?
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.*
Curriculum: All Tracks
Total Core Credits: 55
Total Program Credits: 55
- CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS Change
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 system.
- CJ 513: CRITICAL ISSUES IN TERRORISM Change
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 future.
- CJ 525: APPLIED RESEARCH IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change
This course will introduce you to applied research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously understand and change the professional setting. It will provide you with the skills needed to design and conduct ethical research studies on topics relevant in applied criminal justice settings. In order to accomplish these objectives, you will examine: the applied research process, the connection between theory and research, research ethics, the development of research literature reviews, sampling procedures, techniques for selecting and using appropriate data collection tools, steps for improving the validity and reliability of research, and the analysis of data.
- CJ 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN PUBLIC SAFETY Change
Effective 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.
- HM 500: CRISIS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS Change
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.
- HM 501: HOMELAND SECURITY POLICIES, PRINCIPLES, PROCEDURES, AND PLANS Change
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).
- HM 502: RISK, VULNERABILITY, AND CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT METHODS Change
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?"
- HM 503: PLANNING AND OPERATIONS IN CRISIS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Change
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 510: MITIGATION AND PREPAREDNESS ISSUES FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Change
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.
- HM 540: CRISIS INTERVENTION Change
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.
- HM 598: APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT CAPSTONE ChangeStudents experience the art and science of applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will conduct their own applied research project.
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- CJ 509: COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS Change
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