Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security

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This Program is exclusively delivered online via World Campus. No residential components are required. It is open to all students from across the world.

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The 33-credit intercollege master of professional studies in homeland security is the most comprehensive online homeland security degree, providing graduates the skills to succeed as a future leader in homeland security.

Penn State offers a series of homeland security core courses that can provide you with a fundamental understanding of homeland security, and then you can choose one of five specializations: the general homeland security base program which focuses on policy and organization, or options in public health preparedness, geospatial intelligence, information security and forensics, or agricultural biosecurity and food defense.

A partnership of six Penn State colleges and Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, this program  provides a homeland security education portfolio that can suit the needs of many individuals working in this field or looking for a new career path in this field.

Career opportunities for those interested in pursuing the homeland security program include upper-level positions in the U.S. Homeland Security Enterprise and Departments such as DHS and its components (CBP, FEMA, TSA, etc.), and in particular in civil security including emergency and crisis management, business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security. The Homeland Security Enterprise including international partners, career opportunities include international security institutions as well, and the program also serves international students interested in education from one of the leaders in homeland security studies in the U.S.

From the start of the program, I developed a comprehensive understanding of this particular subset of homeland security, and advanced my awareness of its importance.
Tim Campbell, Graduate, iMPS in Homeland Security
The faculty are experts in the field, which is really nice because you're actually interacting with someone with real-world homeland security expertise. You can ask the tough questions and get immediate responses. With that kind of interaction, you learn and challenge yourself.
LT. Bryan Miller, U.S. Navy
I had the opportunity to learn from a professor whose experience included advising President Reagan and his staff on the most serious issues of national security. The professor’s willingness to connect you with other practitioners to help with a job search, or help with a research paper, was invaluable.
Noah Roufus-Abbey

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