Prepare for a dynamic career protecting critical infrastructure with a master's degree in management with a specialization in homeland security management.
The Master of Science in management with a specialization in homeland security management offers practical management-level experience in performing security risk assessments, planning for and managing operational recovery, and developing strategies to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.
UMUC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Source
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 Management Master's Degree with Homeland Security Management Specialization
Perfect for midcareer professionals, your coursework for the master's degree in management with a specialization in homeland security management will include issues in emergency management, cyber security, bioterrorism, and energy security, as well as core courses in business management. You'll use real data from real crises in assignments and projects and practice making executive-level decisions.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Tackle the five mission areas in homeland security as defined by the Department of Homeland Security
- Perform risk assessments
- Conduct resilience planning and preparedness for disaster response and recovery
- Apply risk methodologies to the energy industry
- Make decisions using statistics and financial information
- Use organizational theory, effectiveness measurement, and systems thinking
- Manage intercultural environments
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 hypothetical article
- Write a job description for a chief risk officer, including 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, providing your judgments together with experts' opinions
Management 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
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- MGMT 630
- MGMT 640
- MGMT 650
Core Rules & Recommendations
- You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
- MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
- MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
- If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
- If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.
- HSMN 610
- HSMN 625
- HSMN 630
- INFA 660
- BSBD 641
- EMAN 620
- HSMN 670
Specialization Rules & Recommendations
- HSMN 610 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.
- HSMN 670 must be taken after all other specialization courses.
- MGMT 670
Capstone Rules & Recommendations
You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
- 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.
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 analytical skills as well as a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Fast-Track Your Degree
Homeland Security Minor to Management 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 Management 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
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.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Branch chief for port and facility compliance
- IT analyst
- Program analyst
- Regional manager Secure flight analyst
- Transportation security officer
- U.S. Army medical sergeant
- U.S. Army officer
- U.S. Army security branch chief
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Transportation Security Administration
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security