The specialization in homeland security management helps prepare you to take a leadership role in protecting against natural and human-made threats to U.S. security. Gain 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.

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

Perfect for midcareer professionals, the specialization in homeland security management includes coursework in issues in emergency management, cybersecurity, 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

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 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 ensure 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

Core Courses

  • UCSP 615
  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650
  • MGMT 670

UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.

MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.

Alternate Course

  • MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken in lieu of MGMT 630.

Specialization Courses

  • HSMN 610
  • HSMN 625
  • HSMN 630
  • INFA 660
  • BSBD 641
  • EMAN 620
  • HSMN 670
  • HSMN 610 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.
  • HSMN 670 must be taken in your last semester.
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core and research methods courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

Note that a minimum grade of B must be earned in each undergraduate course for the credits to be accepted at the graduate level. Eligible credits must have been completed no earlier than two years before the beginning of graduate studies. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all applicants. Contact an academic advisor for details on eligibility.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to take a leadership role in protecting against natural and human-induced threats to homeland security.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Academic Relationship

An articulation agreement between the Graduate School and UMGC’s Undergraduate School allows students who completed their undergraduate degree at UMGC with a major in homeland security to reduce their total coursework for the graduate degree by up to 6 credits (two courses) and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.

The Graduate School will accept the following courses toward the completion of a specialization in homeland security within the MS in Management for a maximum of 6 credits:

  • HMLS 302 instead of HSMN 610 
  • HMLS 408 instead of HSMN 625 

The substitutions listed above are the only ones possible. Note that a minimum grade of B must be earned in each undergraduate course for the credits to be accepted at the graduate level. Eligible credits must have been completed no earlier than two years before the beginning of graduate studies. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all applicants. Contact an academic advisor for details on eligibility.