Master of Science in Homeland Security - General

The CTU Master of Science in Homeland Security - General degree is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the homeland security enterprise at the strategic policymaking level. The program is geared towards homeland security practitioners and provides them with analytical and communication tools that can prepare them to become decision-makers in their chosen area of expertise.


Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

  • Classes start in 3 Weeks

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  52

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

Program Details

Concentrations
Career Paths
Curriculum
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Concentrations

    The General concentration is just one of the industry-relevant concentrations CTU offers in the Master of Science in Homeland Security degree program. 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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  • Curriculum

    The following courses are specific to the General concentration. To view courses that must be completed for all Master of Science in Homeland Security degrees, visit the Master of Science in Homeland Security overview page.

    • 1 Elective chosen from Emergency Management and Public Health track
    • 1 Elective chosen from Cyber-security Policy track
    • 2 Electives chosen from any of the tracks

    Emergency Management and Public Health track: 

    • Disaster Emergency Planning 
    • Principles of Disaster Medicine 
    • Emergency Management and Communication in Disasters 
    • Introduction to Public Health

    Cyber Security track: 

    • Introduction to Cyber-security Policy 
    • Government and the Cyber Sector 
    • Cyber Organizations and Structures 
    • Emerging Initiatives in Cyber-security Strategy
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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.1

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    79%
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    79%
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    88%
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    65%
    My education has helped me advance my career
    59%
    CTU’s Preparation for Needed Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    74%
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    74%
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    72%
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    77%
    Communicate effectively with my manager
    75%

    *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.2

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    91%
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    100%
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job6
    100%
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    97%
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    96%
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization
    97%
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    96%
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    98%
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    94%
    Take direction well
    97%
    Work effectively in a team environment
    95%
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    93%
    Manage conflicts effectively
    88%
    Provide input on planning for business
    90%
    Take initiative to lead projects
    93%
    Think about how their projects will impact the business
    91%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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Student Disclosures

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  Program Disclosure Information for: Online Programs - General

Program Costs

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How much will this program cost me?
A:

  • $28,080.00Tuition & Fees
  • $0.00Books & Supplies
  • $0.00Room & Board

 

 

Tuition pricing is subject to change and can vary by location and program structure.

 

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Program Costs

The US Department of Education categorizes educational programs offered at an institution by CIP code (Classification of Instructional Program codes as defined by the Department of Education) and degree level (Associates, Bachelors, etc…). For that reason, all educational programs with the same CIP Code and degree level are combined to calculate program costs. While these combined programs are similar, variations in tuition and fees can exist due to differences in location and/or program structure.

The costs shown are calculated using the average costs of all programs offered by the campus within the same CIP Code and degree type, for students that complete the program within the normal period of time.

Room and Board information represents the average cost of optional institutional housing where offered.

This Campus is part of a larger institution that contains the following additional campuses:

  • CTU-Online
  • CTU - Colorado Springs
  • CTU - Denver
  • CTU - Sioux Falls
  • CTU - North Kansas City
  • CTU - Denver North
  • CTU - Pueblo

The costs of similar programs calculated as an average across all campuses for this Institution are as follows:

  • $25,456.00Tuition & Fees
  • $1,312.00Books & Supplies
  • $0.00Room & Board

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Financing

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What are my financing options to pay for this program?
A:

In addition to any grant or scholarship aid for which students might be eligible, students may use loans to finance their education. The median loan debt for graduates of this program is as follows:

  • $74,634.00Federal
  • $0.00Private
  • $0.00Institutional

 

 

The amounts shown above represent the median debt incurred by students of the given Institution who completed the program between 7/1/2012 and 6/30/2013.

 

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Financing

The US Department of Education categorizes educational programs offered at an Institution by CIP code (Classification of Instructional Program codes as defined by the Department of Education) and degree level (Associates, Bachelors, etc…). For that reason, all similar educational programs for the given Institution1, with the same CIP Code and degree level are combined to calculate Loan Debt. While these combined programs are similar in nature, variations in program costs may exist due to differences in location and/or program structure. Accordingly, the debt amount shown may exceed the specific program's tuition and fees.

The Financing amounts represent the median debt from federal Title IV loans, private educational loans and institutional2 payment plans incurred by all graduates of the given Institution, CIP Code and Degree level.

1  The current Institution includes all of the following campus locations:

  • CTU-Online
  • CTU - Colorado Springs
  • CTU - Denver
  • CTU - Sioux Falls
  • CTU - North Kansas City
  • CTU - Denver North
  • CTU - Pueblo

2  Institutional debt is the amount owed by the students directly to the institution within 30 days after graduation related to the educational program.

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Success

Q:
How long will it take me to complete this program?
A:

This program could take 18 months to complete.

11.46% of the students graduating from this program completed in the designed timeframe.

Q:
What job opportunities exist for students in this area of study?
A:

View 3 opportunities

The occupation(s) listed here are derived from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net), which is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor / Employment and Training Administration.

The specific program does not necessarily prepare students for, and graduates do not typically find employment in, all listed occupations. We cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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Program Completion

The US Department of Education categorizes educational programs offered at an Institution by CIP code (Classification of Instructional Program codes as defined by the Department of Education) and degree level (Associates, Bachelors, etc…). For that reason, all similar educational programs for the given Institution1, with the same CIP Code and degree level are combined when determining On Time Completion Rates.

On-Time Completion Rates are calculated in compliance with U.S. Department of Education requirements for Gainful Employment. The rate represents the percentage of students who graduated between 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013 and completed their program of study within the normal timeframe. “Normal” timeframe for Associate Degree programs is defined as 24 months, and for Bachelor Degree programs is defined as 48 months. Students may finish in fewer months upon successful completion of all program requirements, attending full-time and remaining continuously enrolled. For example, for a two-year program the on-time completion rate would include all students who graduated between 7/1/2012 and 6/30/2013 and started within the prior two years. On-time completion rates for students in programs other than an Associate or Bachelor program are calculated based on the designed timeframes of each individual’s specific program version; therefore, the result may not fully correlate to the number of months displayed because the calculation may have included students in versions of the program with varying timeframes. The program length displayed for programs other than an Associate or Bachelor program represents the number of months defined as the normal timeframe for completion in which new students may finish the program upon successful completion of all program requirements, attending full-time and remaining continuously enrolled.

1  The current Institution includes all of the following campus locations:

  • CTU-Online
  • CTU - Colorado Springs
  • CTU - Denver
  • CTU - Sioux Falls
  • CTU - North Kansas City
  • CTU - Denver North
  • CTU - Pueblo

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2006 and 10/15/2006 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 13%

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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. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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Employment Rates:

No Campus Rates are available.

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1Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

2Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.


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