Penn State's 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security – CTAP option offers a core curriculum rooted in the homeland/civil security enterprise with a specialized set of prescribed courses and electives.

Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention Option

All students are required to complete the HLS Orientation (non-credit) as part of the HLS core curriculum before the end of their first semester. This orientation provides an overview of the HLS program and the field of homeland security.

Core Curriculum (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs HLS 801 Foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of homeland security policies and organizations, and current management approaches. 3 credits
Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues HLS 803 This course will examine the social, political, legal, and ethical issues that arise in the context of homeland security. 3 credits
Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency HLS 805 Provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security. 3 credits

 

Prescribed Courses (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Data Mining SWENG 545 Practical benefits of data mining will be presented; data warehousing, data cubes, and underlying algorithms used by data mining software. 3 credits
Web Security and Privacy IN SC 561

A web-centric look at the latest techniques and practices in computer security as they apply to the Internet.

3 credits
Network and Predictive Analytics for Socio-Technical Systems IN SC 846 This course will study the interrelatedness of cyber-social and cyber-technical aspects of an organization or society as a whole. 3 credits
 
Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management IST 564 This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk and emergency management.  3 credits

 

Electives (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Data Collection and Cleaning DAAN 822

This course focuses on the tools and techniques required for collecting data and preparing them for further analysis.

Prerequisites: STAT 500 and IN SC 521 or Program Permission 
3 credits
Large-Scale Database and Warehouse DAAN 825

Examination of large-scale data storage technologies including NoSQL database systems for looser structured data, and data warehouses for dimensional data.

Prerequisites: IN SC 521 or Program Permission

3 credits
Data Visualization DAAN 871 This course provides a foundation in the principles, concepts, techniques, and tools for visualizing large data sets. 3 credits
 
Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security GEOG 571 The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security. 3 credits
 
U.S. Homeland Security Law HLS 875 Analysis of Constitutional provisions, legislative enactments, executive directives and judicial decisions relating to homeland security. 3 credits
Computer and Cyber Forensics IST 454 Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cyber crime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedures to perform computer and cyber crime investigation. 3 credits

Network Management and Security

IST 554 Essential skills and knowledge for effectively utilizing networks and Internet technologies to facilitate, manage, and secure data communications and applications. 3 credits
Cybersecurity Analytics IST 820 This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of fundamentals of network security, data sources, data collection techniques and tools, cybersecurity analytics infrastructure, machine learning and data mining, network forensics, anomaly and malware detection, security data visualization, and security dashboard design and implementation. 3 credits
Introduction to Multisensor Data Fusion IST 885 Understanding the concepts, techniques, and issues surrounding the fusion of information from multiple sensors and sources of data. 3 credits
The Politics of Terrorism PL SC 439 Analysis of political terrorism as a violent alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the nuclear age. 3 credits
Root Causes of Terrorism PL SC 836 Investigates the role economic, political, and social factors play in determining patterns of international and domestic terrorism and terrorist activity. 3 credits

 

Capstone Experience (3 credits) 
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Research Project IN SC 594 Master Research Paper/Project - Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

 

For example, application of homeland security studies in the form of a graduate-level project relating to emerging cyber threat, analytical tools and methods, and security prevention and protection.
3 credits

 

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