Integrated Homeland Security Management M.S.
Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Joseph R. Clark
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.
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.
- 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 an online application.
- 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.
Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions
**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions
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
|IHSM 611||CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURES||3|
|IHSM 612||PLANNING, PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT||3|
|IHSM 613||EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION AND MANAGEMENT||3|
|IHSM 614||TEAM BUILDING AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS||3|
|IHSM 615||STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL PLANNING||3|
|Note: The five core courses above constitute the Certificate in Security Assessment and Management.|
|Select one of three tracks:||9|
|Information Assurance Track|
|INFORMATION SYSTEMS VULNERABILITY AND RISK ANALYSIS|
|INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWARE 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|
|Select one introductory course in each of the two areas outside of the selected track:||6|
|INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION ASSURANCE|
|HEALTH SYSTEM PREPAREDNESS|
|U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY POLICY|
|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|
|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 881||CAPSTONE PROJECT I||3|
|Students may also select from two continuum options:|
|CAPSTONE PROJECT II|
|CAPSTONE PROJECT CONTINUUM|
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