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Homeland Security, BA to MAHS (Accelerated Track)

Keiser University’s accelerated BAHS to MAHS dual-degree program equips learners, especially adult learners, with knowledge and skills that the homeland security enterprise demands at an accelerated pace with seamless transition from undergraduate study to graduate study. For students who have the potential and would like to accelerate their education journey, this substitution will prepare BAHS students for their MAHS study and reduce the overall credit hours and the duration of the study to get both undergraduate and graduate degrees in homeland security. This approach will build a “bridge” for the BAHS students to advance to the MAHS program on a fast track. The opportunity to earn both degrees in an accelerated manner increases the value students derive from their educational experience at Keiser University.

Program Objectives

BA in Homeland Security Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives:

  • Students develop on understanding of generally accepted management principles for use in forming emergency plans for multiple agencies;
  • Students are able to apply generally accepted management principles for use in forming emergency plans for multiple agencies;
  • Students are able to prepare for, recognize, investigate, and respond to terrorism;
  • Students develop an understanding of issues currently threatening our society and how to respond to such threats.

MA in Homeland Security Program Objectives

Keiser University’s MAHS program enables students to contribute to the homeland security 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


Program Outline

The accelerated dual degree program is a 150 credit hours program that allows eligible students to complete both Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security (MACJ) and Master of Arts in Homeland Security (MAHS) degrees in an accelerated time frame.

Lower Division Courses

Homeland Security Major Courses - Lower Level (24.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Homeland Security 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Law for the H.S. Professional 3.0 credit hours
Bio Terrorism: Hazardous Material & Weapons of Mass Destruction 3.0 credit hours
Domestic & International Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Cyber-Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Emergency Planning & Security Measures I 3.0 credit hours
Organizing the War on Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Since 1876 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (3.0 credit hours)
Microeconomics 3.0 credit hours
Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics (required) 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
General Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Homeland Security Courses (42.0 credit hours)
Preparation and Response for Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Recognition and Investigation of Terrorism** 3.0 credit hours
Issues in Disaster Response 3.0 credit hours
Emergency Planning and Security Measures II** 3.0 credit hours
Homeland Security Policy and Law 3.0 credit hours
Tactical Communications** 3.0 credit hours
Catastrophic Event Response Planning 3.0 credit hours
Critical Infrastructure Protection 3.0 credit hours
Homeland Security Threat Strategy 3.0 credit hours
Current Topics in Public Safety / Capstone 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Cross-Cultural Management 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Justice Managment 3.0 credit hours
Terrorism 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses (18.0 credit hours)
Computers In Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Sociology of the Urban Community 3.0 credit hours
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Intermediate Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Workforce Diversity 3.0 credit hours

Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken.

Note: **Graduate level courses for the accelerated track

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