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Master of Arts in Homeland Security

Pursue a Career Serving Your Nation and Your Community

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Homeland Security, MA

Cybercrime, terrorist attacks, border security and more—the concept and practice homeland security is wide reaching. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed with a mandate to “secure the nation from the many threats we face.” Dedicated and trained professionals are needed at every level to serve this mandate.

If you feel called to protect our nation from threats within and without, perhaps a career in DHS (or a similarly missioned agency) is in your future. We can help. As an educational partner of DHS, Keiser University has developed a graduate degree program to help current and aspiring security professionals gain the expertise and credential they need to advance in their careers: the Master of Arts in Homeland Security.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

33 Credit Hours


11 Courses


12 - 18 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

Up to 12 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

DHS careers
Keiser is an educational partner with the Department of Homeland Security.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

Keiser University’s Master of Arts in Homeland Security provides an intensive study of topics related to protecting the U.S. from threats to Homeland Security. Coursework fosters independent learning and enables students to contribute intellectually to areas of homeland security, border patrol and cyber security. Graduates will be prepared to pursue opportunities on the border and in airports, seaports and waterways. They’ll have the background needed to research and develop security technologies; respond to natural disasters or terrorist assaults; analyze intelligence reports, and perform other duties related to homeland security.

Keiser has a signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security to help grow the DHS workforce in homeland security and cybersecurity. This agreement will help Keiser graduates stay up-to-date on DHS career opportunities, as well as potential scholarships and internships. Keiser’s MA in Homeland Security offers the insights, expertise, and credential to go far in the DHS.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this master’s in homeland security program or one of dozens of graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a number of learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.

Through our master’s degree in homeland security, we help students gain the skills and expertise needed to pursue relevant leadership positions in a variety of service response fields, from law enforcement to emergency management.

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Commit to Graduation

The master’s in homeland security program is designed to help current and aspiring professionals in, or associated with, homeland security advances their understanding of every facet of maintaining the safety and security of our nation from all kinds of threats, natural and man-made, to help them advance in their careers.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s MAHS program enables students to contribute to the homeland security profession and fosters independent learning. Students will learn how to:

  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to create prevention, deterrence, preemption, defense, and response strategies and systems
  • Use technological and scientific research focused 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
  • Propose changes at federal, state and local levels, to reflect the evolving strategic homeland security policy issues
  • Recognize terrorist groups’ activities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to emerge
  • Define and describe the statutory, policy, strategy and legal differences between homeland security and homeland defense
  • Assess existing policies, procedures and protocols by DHS and the inter-agency community for seamless agency integration through prevention, protection, and incident response and recovery scenarios
  • Explore interdisciplinary perspectives on, and approaches to, homeland security

Program Prerequisites

  • 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 MAHS program are eight-weeks in length and students are normally scheduled for two courses concurrently.

Program Outline

To receive an on-campus or online Master of Arts in Homeland Security degree, students must earn 33 graduate semester credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security Courses
    Seminar in Criminal Justice (taken in first semester) 3.0 credit hours
    Theory in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Conflict Analysis and Resolution 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
    Border Security: Policy and Intervention 3.0 credit hours
    Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3.0 credit hours
    Capstone 3.0 credit hours

Career Pathways

Upon graduation of our master’s in homeland security, you will have earned a Master of Arts in Homeland Security as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Secure borders, airports, and waterways
  • Employ the most advanced security technology
  • Prepare for emergencies—from natural disasters to terrorist assaults
  • And more!

Through this advanced homeland security degree program, you will study a number of issues directly involved in and touching the area of national security, from criminal justice to emergency management. You will gain the skills—and the credential—you need to pursue and excel in relevant service leadership positions such as:

  • Customs Agent
  • Border Patrol Director
  • Coast Guard Director
  • Immigration & Naturalization Service Agent (INS)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agent (FEMA)
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Emergency Management Professional
  • Immigration Officer
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • National Security Specialist

Start Your Homeland Security Degree Now!

Have you been searching for the perfect educational partner for your homeland security degree? You found it. Keiser University has the master’s degree coursework you need to elevate your career! Get answers to your tuition and admission questions for our Master of Arts in Homeland Security today by Requesting More Info now!

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Keiser University’s dedicated, accomplished faculty members are committed to your success. All faculty are prepared and are actively engaged in the fields they teach. You’ll benefit from their wealth of knowledge and real-world experience.
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