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Master of Professional Studies in
Homeland Security - Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis Option

How to Apply

Deadlines and Important Dates

Regular Admission Option:

Online courses associated with the Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis Option (GEOG) are organized around 10-week compressed semesters (terms). The last date for submitting an HLS Intel application for the next 10-week Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis course offering is:

July 1 to begin in the fall term
October 15 to begin in the spring term
March 1 to begin in the summer term

Your degree application, including receipt of all materials, must be received by the deadline to be considered complete. If you would like to verify that we have all of your materials, feel free to contact the program office at [email protected].

Accelerated Admission Option:

  • At least 4 weeks before the term in which you intend to start the program.

Admissions Help

Questions about applying? Contact the program office at [email protected]. We have experts available to guide you through the process.

Admission Requirements 

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Accelerated Admission Option

You can qualify for accelerated admission to the MPS in Homeland Security – Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis program by earning a 3.67 GPA or above after completing your first three classes as a student in any of our online geospatial certificate programs. After completing your third certificate course, you must submit your résumé and a professional statement of purpose explaining your goals for obtaining the HLS degree to the admissions chairperson.

The chairperson will review your personal statement, verify you have met the GPA threshold, and then make a decision regarding your admission to the master's program. Admission is not based solely on GPA.

Admissions decisions will be made in this manner on a rolling basis year-round, but you must have your application completed and submitted for consideration at least 4 weeks before the term in which you intend to start the degree program. Please contact the academic home directly at [email protected] with any questions.

Regular admission is still available for those who do not wish to begin with a certificate program.

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

GPA and Test Scores — Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required.

English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

References (3) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.  

References should come from professional peers and/or managers and supervisors.

Program-Specific Questions/Materials

Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.

Statement of Purpose — A statement of no more than 500 words explaining to the admissions committee how your professional experience and goals relate to the program to which you are applying. Your statement could include aspects such as the following: your reasons for pursuing the degree, why you feel you are a good candidate for the program, and any information you would like the admissions committee to know about you personally and/or professionally.

Start Your Application

You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.

Begin the graduate school application

  • Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
  • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
  • Choose "HOMELAND SECURITY" as the major
  • Choose “MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES” as the degree

Checking Your Status

You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

Technical Requirements 

Review the technical requirements for this program.

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