Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security

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Most Comprehensive Online Homeland Security Degree

The discipline of homeland security follows an all-hazards approach and crosses both the public and the private sector. While the federal government's Department of Homeland Security and federal agencies may be among the largest employers of homeland security professionals, the need for qualified professionals is expanding at state and local levels, as well as internationally. In addition, public-private partnership has made homeland security an important focus for private sector employers in fields such as technology, finance, insurance, public health, and more. The Penn State World Campus intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security, a 33-credit program delivered exclusively online, complements these diverse specialties, with a homeland security education portfolio that can suit the needs of many individuals working in this field and foster national as well as international careers.

The courses are designed to make the learning experience applicable to your workplace, while focusing class assignments on your work. The curriculum also is appropriate if you want to transfer from a related field into the field of homeland security or one of its specializations.

Why Penn State for Your Homeland Security Education

Penn State offers a series of homeland security core courses that can provide you with a fundamental understanding of homeland security in a global context, and then you can choose one of five specializations: the general homeland security base program which focuses on policy and organization, or options in public health preparedness, geospatial intelligence, information security and forensics, or agricultural biosecurity and food defense.

The program offers five online certificates including the Homeland Security and Defense Graduate Certificate. The credits you earn in the certificate may be applied toward the Master’s in Homeland Security. Please consult with an academic adviser.

Who Should Apply?

The iMPS in homeland security degree is open to candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. The degree is ideal for federal, state, and local officials, and individuals in private industry looking for a background in homeland security topics.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of this program can expect to follow a number of career paths depending on the specialization they choose. Career opportunities for those interested in pursuing the homeland security base program include upper-level positions in business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security.

To learn more about career opportunities in your specialization, visit the program web page:

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus