Keiser University

Master of Arts in Homeland Security

Keiser University’s Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice-Homeland Security provides an intensive study of topics related to protecting the U.S. from threats to Homeland Security. The program fosters independent learning and enables students to contribute intellectually to the areas of homeland security, border patrol and cyber security.  Students learn to work in areas such as border patrol, airports, seaports and waterways; research and development of the latest security technologies; responders to natural disasters or terrorist assaults; analysis of intelligence reports, and other timely areas related to homeland security. Graduates demonstrate a conceptual understanding of homeland security and topics related to protecting the U.S. from threats to homeland security and critically analyze and solve problems based on applied research methods.

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s MACJHS program enables students to contribute to the criminal justice profession and fosters independent learning. Upon completion of this program students are able to:

  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to create prevention, deterrence, preemption, defense, and response strategies and systems appropriate to local, regional, national, and international critical incidents and emergencies.
  • Make use of technological and scientific research that focuses on the evolution of existing science and technology and/or the development of new science/and technology that contribute to homeland security.
  • Evaluate domestic security challenges that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
  • Evaluate and propose necessary changes at federal, state, and/or local levels, to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and current U.S. governmental direction for homeland security.
  • Recognize terrorist groups’ activities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation-state.
  • Define and describe by example the statutory, policy, strategy and legal differences between homeland security and homeland defense.
  • Evaluate existing policies, procedures and protocols by DHS and inter-agency community to allow seamless agency integration through prevention, protection, and incident response and recovery scenarios. Validate literal and procedural alignment/compliance with other agencies.
  • Explore interdisciplinary perspectives on, and approaches to, homeland security.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Students complete their capstone course in their last semester of enrollment.  No elective courses are offered in this program.

NOTE: Courses in the MACJHS program are eight-weeks in length and students are normally scheduled for two courses concurrently.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice-Homeland Security degree, students must earn 36 graduate semester credit hours. Thirty of the program hours must be completed through Keiser University.  Program requirements are as follows:

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice-Homeland Security Core Courses (36.0 credit hours)
Seminar in Criminal Justice (taken in first semester) 3.0 credit hours
Theory in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Management and Administration of CJ 3.0 credit hours
Professionalism and Ethics in CJ 3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Homeland Security 3.0 credit hours
Dynamics of Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Domestic and International Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Cyber Security 3.0 credit hours
Human Trafficking 3.0 credit hours
Research Methods in CJ 3.0 credit hours
Capstone: Criminal Justice Thesis Part I 3.0 credit hours
Capstone: Criminal Justice Thesis Part II 3.0 credit hours

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