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*

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

  • Classes start in 6 Weeks

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  52

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online:1 Online

Program Details

Program Outline
Career Paths
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
Thought Leadership
  • Program Outline

    CTU is proud to be one of a handful of universities in the United States to offer a Master’s degree in Homeland Security. The core courses for the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree program are focused on providing a holistic overview of industry-relevant skills to those who aspire to work in homeland security. Core courses include:

    • Homeland Security Fundamentals
    • Dynamics of Terrorism
    • Technology Solutions for Homeland Security
    • Intelligence Organizational and Policy Challenges
    • Vulnerability Analysis and Protection
    • Homeland Security and Government
    • Research, Writing and Critical Thinking
    • Private Sector Role in Homeland Security
    • Homeland Security Capstone

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  • Concentrations

    CTU offers focused concentrations for the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree to better prepare you to excel in this competitive field. Choose the option below that best supports your educational goals.

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  • Career Paths

    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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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about.2

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    My education has helped me advance my career
    CTU’s Preparation for Needed Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    Communicate effectively with my manager

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.3

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job6
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    Take direction well
    Work effectively in a team environment
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    Manage conflicts effectively
    Provide input on planning for business
    Take initiative to lead projects
    Think about how their projects will impact the business

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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  • Thought Leadership

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 24%

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.


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1Availability is dependent on concentration selected.

2Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

3Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

*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

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