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 and international careers. The Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs serves as the academic home for the Homeland Security degree.
The online courses are flexible, allowing you to continue working in your current profession. In addition, the class assignments are focused on knowledge and skills that are applicable in the workplace. The curriculum is also 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 a specialization: the general homeland security base program — which focuses on policy and organization — or options in cyber threat analytics and prevention, counterterrorism, public health preparedness, geospatial intelligence, information security and forensics, or agricultural biosecurity and food defense.
The program offers many online certificates, including the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Defense. The credits you earn in the certificate may be applied toward the Master’s in Homeland Security. Please consult with an academic adviser.
The international track of Penn State's online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, offered in partnership with the School of International Affairs, is based on state-of-the-art security research. You can learn to understand differences and commonalities between homeland, national, and international security, as well as the characteristics of homeland security in a global context and an all-hazards threat environment. This track can prepare you for a global career with excellent earning potential.
Students may choose a concentration in business by taking elective courses from the online Master of Business Administration, offered through the Smeal College of Business. A business concentration can add to your learning experience and prepare you for the job market by exposing you to the principles and practices essential to modern management and strategic leading.
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. The program also serves international students interested in education from one of the leaders in homeland security studies in the United States.
One Homeland Security Degree, Multiple Options
This page provides you with information about the base program of the intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.
Within this comprehensive program, you may either apply to the base program or to one of several options to customize your degree. Multiple options offer the opportunity for academic specialization within homeland security.
To enhance our offerings, and to provide expertise in various academic areas, we draw on renowned faculty from across Penn State — including the College of Agricultural Sciences, College of the Liberals Arts’ Department of Political Science, Penn State Great Valley, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Penn State Hershey College of Medicine — to deliver these options. To learn more about the other options within the homeland security degree program, please visit the following web pages:
- Base program
- Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option
- Counterterrorism Option
- Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention Option
- Geospatial Intelligence Option
- Information Security and Forensics Option
- Public Health Preparedness Option
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 program include upper-level positions in various government agencies, particularly in civil security including emergency and crisis management, business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security.
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 more than 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.