Master of Science in Homeland Security

Colorado Technical University's Master of Science Homeland Security degree is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the homeland security enterprise at the strategic policy-making level. The program is geared towards homeland security practitioners and aims to provide them with analytical and communication tools that can prepare them to become decision-makers in their chosen area of expertise.

CTU offers three concentrations for the Master of Science in Homeland Security, allowing students to focus their degrees.

The program curriculum is designed for students with previous coursework and/or prior work experience in homeland security. Although prior knowledge or experience in the homeland security field is not required, it is highly recommended.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021*

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity 2014-2021*

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    HLS601Homeland Security Fundamentals4
    HLS602Dynamics of Terrorism4
    HLS603Technology Solutions for Homeland Security4
    HLS604Intelligence Organizational and Policy Challenges4
    HLS605Vulnerability Analysis and Protection4
    HLS606Homeland Security and Government4
    HLS616Research, Writing and Critical Thinking4
    HLS618Private Sector Role in Homeland Security4
    HLS689Homeland Security Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:36
    Courses: Concentration
    HLS ELE 1-4Elective chosen from Emergency Management and Public Health track (listed below)4
    HLS ELE 2-4Elective chosen from Cybersecurity Policy track (listed below)4
    HLSELE3-4/4-4Elective chosen from any of the tracks listed below8
    Total Credit Hours:16
    Courses: Emergency Management and Public Health track
    HLS621Disaster Emergency Planning4
    HLS622Principles of Disaster Medicine4
    HLS623Emergency Management and Communication in Disasters4
    HLS624Introduction to Public Health4
    Courses: Cyber Security track
    HLS641Introduction to Cybersecurity Policy4
    HLS642Government and the Cyber Sector4
    HLS643Cyber Organizations and Structures4
    HLS644Emerging Initiatives in Cybersecurity Strategy4

    Total Credit Hours: 52

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    Graduates of the Master of Science in Homeland Security program may have opportunities to develop new careers or advance in rank and responsibility in existing careers across the homeland security enterprise. These career opportunities include administrative areas such as: non-police law enforcement (at all levels of government), fire, emergency medical services, public health, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, border, port, aviation and surface transportation security, and emergency management. 

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The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2009 and 10/15/2009 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 23%

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*CTU has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity for academic years 2014-2021 for its cybersecurity and information assurance programs