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MS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

Liberty University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security program offers students the opportunity to study advanced administrative and foundational topics in homeland security operations and directives. Learn more about this online MS degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Before entering this MS program, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Strong organizational, decision-making, and leadership skills are important. Applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From policy development to national security strategies, Liberty University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security program addresses aspects of responsibilities and practices in securing the country. In specialization courses, students could expect to learn about the impacts of terrorism, public administration practices, the history of terrorism and how the U.S. has responded to it, homeland security systems, and statutes and court decisions directly related to homeland security. A capstone course allows students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts covered in the program as they conduct a research project addressing an issue in homeland security. Core classes provide study in supervisory practices in criminal justice organizations, analysis of criminal justice programs, ethical leadership, trends in criminal justice, and integrative processes among various criminal justice systems, including courts, law enforcement, and prosecution.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security:

Of the 36 credits required to earn this graduate degree, 12 are taken in the Homeland Security area of specialization. The remaining 24 credits are taken in core coursework and a two-part thesis project or elective courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Criminal Justice Integration
  • Administration of Justice Organizations
  • HR Management in Criminal Justice Organizations
  • Topics & Trends in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
  • Leadership, Ethics, & Policing

Homeland Security Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • Foundations of Homeland Security
  • Homeland Security Organization & Administration
  • Legal Issues in Homeland Security
  • Homeland Security Capstone

Thesis or Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Thesis Proposal and Research
  • Thesis Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After earning the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security, graduates interested in an academic or research career might enter a doctoral degree program. A doctorate program could delve further into theories and leadership practices in homeland security and other areas and would be necessary for teaching or administrative positions in colleges or universities or executive-level positions in research institutions.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice - Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the MS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security program, graduates might seek managerial roles in local or federal government agencies as well as security firms or corporate security departments. They might assume such responsibilities as developing emergency response programs, overseeing security operations, evaluating emergency plans, or implementing threat detection and prevention programs.

Some career options for graduates include:

  • Security manager
  • Homeland security director
  • Counterterrorism specialist
  • Transportation security director
  • Emergency planning consultant

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