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Combine advanced IT skills with a homeland security management specialization that can help you prepare to protect critical infrastructure.

The Master of Science in information technology with a specialization in homeland security management at University of Maryland University College offers practical management-level experience in performing security risk assessments, planning for and managing operational recovery, and developing strategies to protect people, facilities, and information-dependent critical infrastructure. This program can help you build practical skills to make you an indispensable member of any team.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Information Technology Master's Degree with Homeland Security Management Specialization

The curriculum in the master's degree in information technology with the homeland security management specialization can help you build practical skills to make you an indispensable member of any team. You'll use real data from real crises in your assignments and projects and practice making executive-level decisions, so you're always preparing for the real world of homeland security management.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tackle the five mission areas in homeland security as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Perform risk assessments
  • Spot ethical and legal issues and navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment related to computer systems, applications, and networks
  • Protect telecommunications and information technology networks
  • Analyze infrastructure protection, jurisdiction, and issues in technical areas, such as interconnectivity and interoperability
  • Plan and prepare for disaster response and recovery
  • Apply knowledge about energy pipeline security, electrical grid security, cyber dependence, and SCADA systems as well as risk methodologies applied to the energy industry
  • Use high-tech management styles, including project planning, organizational structure, team building, and control mechanisms
  • Manage each phase of the IT project life cycle, working within organizational and cost constraints, setting goals linked directly to stakeholder needs, and using proven management tools

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use one of the Department of Homeland Security's daily summaries of current critical infrastructure issues to write a post highlighting the more significant items for a "What Keeps DHS Officials Awake at Night" discussion
  • Write a job description for a chief risk officer that includes the resilience, response, and recovery skills required for the job
  • Analyze one of the critical infrastructures designated by DHS and make recommendations on ways to protect and assure continued availability of services from this infrastructure

Information Technology Master's Degree with Homeland Security Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken as the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ITEC 610
  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • ITEC 640

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.

Specialization Courses

  • HSMN 610
  • HSMN 625
  • HSMN 630
  • INFA 660
  • BSBD 641
  • EMAN 620

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • HSMN 610 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.

Capstone Course

  • HSMN 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • HSMN 670 must be taken after all other specialization courses.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to take a leadership role in protecting against natural and man-made threats to national security.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is designed for midcareer professionals. We recommend you have strong writing and analysis skills. Depending on your skill level, you may take the following noncredit courses: UCSP 630, UCSP 620, or UCSP 605.

Fast-Track Your Degree

Homeland Security Minor to Information Technology Master's Degree with Homeland Security Management Specialization

Save 6 credits.

If you graduated from UMUC with a Homeland Security Minor, you could be eligible to fast-track your Master of Science in Information Technology with Homeland Security Management Specialization.

Here's how it works:

  • HMLS 302 fulfills the graduate requirement for HSMN 610
  • HMLS 408 fulfills the graduate requirement for HSMN 625

To be eligible, you must have completed these courses before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses.

You must have completed these courses no more than four years before beginning your graduate studies. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Courses must have been taken at UMUC. Transfer credits are not accepted.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.

Public Safety Administration Forum

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Public Safety Administration Forum promotes the sharing of information about UMUC courses and activities related to emergency management and homeland security. It also offers a repository for career information, including job opportunities. Members have access to a current listing of conference and seminar opportunities. Finally, the forum provides its members with information on the International Association of Emergency Managers USA Student Region, UMUC Chapter.