Integrated Homeland Security Management M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Joseph R. Clark
410-704-4208
jrclark@towson.edu

The Master of Science degree in Integrated Homeland Security Management and the embedded graduate certificate in Security Assessment and Management (see below) form an interdisciplinary program to provide an applied graduate education for personnel working in various areas of homeland security, risk assessment and management, emergency response and crisis communications. The intent is to provide students with advanced studies and experience to extend their expertise in one area while reaching out to work with other areas in an integrated response.

The core courses provide a common base to familiarize students with the overall issues and concerns of homeland security. Students do additional work in their own areas of expertise in specialized courses, but reach across to other areas by taking introductory graduate-level courses in three other areas. The project is a key part of the program, providing hands-on experience in dealing with real-world problems of homeland security. Work on the project begins midway through the program and continues to provide a sense of reality as the student moves through the program. Ideally, students will work together in joint projects, sharing skills and gaining experience in collaborative problem-solving.

Online Instruction

The entire Integrated Homeland Security Management program is delivered online. The goal of the online program is to provide students all of the necessary resources at their fingertips. Students participate in online classroom discussions and review class materials whenever they choose. The university utilizes Blackboard as the learning platform for all online courses, so there is a consistent format from course to course. The application process and curriculum requirements for online learners are identical to those for students attending courses on Towson’s campus.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university** in a relevant field (for example, political science, health science, information technology or others).
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 (2.75 for conditional admission) for the most recent 60 units of graduate or undergraduate work.
  • Three years post-bachelor’s experience working in health, information technology, security or related areas.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (where applicable).
  • Submission of a resumé and two-page statement describing past relevant experience.
  • Submission of a three-page essay discussing a specific, current threat to homeland security and a potential policy response to it.  (Applicants are encouraged to think broadly in regard to threats and consider the panoply of homeland security issues — including (but not limited to) terrorism, natural disasters, community policing, political extremism, community wellness, or the effects of environmental change.)
  • Two reference letters attesting to their ability to withstand the rigors of a graduate education.

Send the admission materials to:

University Admissions
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a total of at least 36 units:

  • 15 units in five core courses taken by all students
  • 9 units in three specialization courses
  • 6 units in two collateral courses from other specialization areas
  • 3 units of capstone project
  • 3 units in one elective course
Required Courses (15 Units)
IHSM 611CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURES3
IHSM 612PLANNING, PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT3
IHSM 613EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION AND MANAGEMENT3
IHSM 614TEAM BUILDING AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS3
IHSM 615STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL PLANNING3
Note: The five core courses above constitute the Certificate in Security Assessment and Management.
Tracks (9 Units)
Select one of three tracks:9
Information Assurance Track
INFORMATION SYSTEMS VULNERABILITY AND RISK ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWARE SECURITY
NETWORK SECURITY
Health Preparedness Track
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
BIOTERROR PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS
DISASTER RESPONSE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH
Security Policy Track
TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE
INTELLIGENCE AND HOMELAND SECURITY
HOMELAND SECURITY AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
Collateral Courses (6 Units)
Select one introductory course in each of the two areas outside of the selected track:6
Information Assurance
INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION ASSURANCE
Health Preparedness
HEALTH SYSTEM PREPAREDNESS
Security Policy
U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY POLICY
Elective Courses (3 Units)
Each student must take one elective course from the following:3
GIS APPLICATIONS: HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HOMELAND SECURITY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HOMELAND SECURITY
Graduate Project (3 Units)
The extended project offers a practical, real-world problem-solving experience for the student. Ideally, students will form working groups to take on a project from an agency of federal, state or local government, or a private business. They will begin to work on the project after taking 15 units in the program and continue the project while completing other course work.
IHSM 881CAPSTONE PROJECT I3
Students may also select from two continuum options:
CAPSTONE PROJECT II
CAPSTONE PROJECT CONTINUUM
Total Units36

1. Analyze, evaluate, and apply threat monitoring and risk mitigation, theories, models, and resources to protect critical national infrastructures
 2. Compare homeland security leadership principles and apply them to solve various strategic and tactical disaster resilience, threat mitigation, and emergency management problems
 3. Apply disaster management precepts to coordinate scalable, interagency, and cross-jurisdictional efforts that minimize public harm and restore intersectoral integrity
 4. Evaluate and apply current homeland security precepts, theories, and resources to recommend effective risk mitigation activities