Justice and Law Administration

Master of Science in Homeland Security

The M.S. in Homeland Security program is a 36-credit online asynchronous program with interactive (audio and visual) capabilities for the students. Students will complete 11 core courses with a Capstone project in this cohort design in two years.

The only graduate program in homeland security in the CSCU system.

The course curriculum is designed to be aligned with the DHS missions and practices.

Two courses (six credits) per semester (Fall / Spring / Summer); taught by an experienced faculty.

The course curriculum encourages students to earn credits and certificates from the DHS's Emergency Management Institute (EMI), which offers self-paced courses free of charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

Develop a CAPSTONE project for action research on U.S. national security, DHS missions, and global disaster and emergency management via data-driven research.

Affordable; earn your master's degree while paying less.

Why study homeland security master’s at WCSU?

A degree in homeland security explores counterterrorism, border security & Immigration policies, cybercrime, research and analysis, emergency disaster planning, and other topics essential to public safety and preparedness.

The Master of Science in Homeland Security at Western Connecticut State University can help you advance your law enforcement, public safety, and emergency management career. A master's degree equips you with advanced skills and knowledge to position yourself better for high-level job opportunities. A graduate degree in this field is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security professionals for leadership positions across the public and private sectors. Our master's program will prepare you for the future workforce of local, state, and federal institutions.


Homeland security professionals work in local, state, and federal governments. Dozens of federal agencies employ graduates with a master's degree in homeland security. The DHS employees work at:

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
Citizenship and Immigration Services
Federal Emergency Management
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
Federal Protective Service
Transportation Security Agency
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Secret Service


According to the DHS website, "DHS offers talented new professionals flexible work schedules, student loan repayment, tuition reimbursement programs and more in a generous benefits package."


Does my homeland security degree say 'online'?

No, Western Connecticut State University's diplomas don't specify whether you earn your degree online or in person.


Collaboration with CT Center for School Safety and Crisis Preparation: 

In July of 2021, WCSU received appropriations from the State of Connecticut to establish the Center for School Safety and Crisis Preparation. Our graduate students can collaborate with the Center in research, policy development, and prevention strategies regarding school safety and violence.

  • Graduate students of the master's program can apply for available internships and graduate assistantships at the Center.
  • Graduate students can also use the resources available from the Center to complete their Capstone projects."


Our Master of Science in Homeland Security Program is now part of the University & Agency Partnership Program (UAPP). This means that both the faculty and graduate students can benefit from resources that are available by the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) through the UAPP partnership, its curriculum, Homeland Security Digital Library, and all other learning materials and resources.

Program Overview and Requirements

Course Information

The program consists of 12 courses totaling 36 credit hours.

See our Homeland Security Courses page for a full list and course descriptions.


The program is taught by 10 instructors.

See our Homeland Security Faculty page for details on their backgrounds, interests, and courses that they teach.


For a break down of the Tuition and Fees, please see the Registrar's site.

Resources for Graduate Students