The following is the curriculum for the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Base Program. Curriculum information for program options is available here:
  • Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option
  • Counterterrorism Option
  • Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention Option
  • Geospatial Intelligence Option
  • Information Security and Forensics Option
  • Public Health Preparedness Option
The 33-credit curriculum for the Base Program offers a solid foundation in homeland security theory and implementation:

Common core curriculum (9 credits):

  • HLS 801 – Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs
  • HLS 803 – Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues
  • HLS 805 – Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency

Prescribed courses (12 credits):

  • HLS 811 – Foundations of Homeland Security
  • HLS 404 – Homeland Security and Defense in Practice
  • HLS 802 – Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security
  • HLS 804 – Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security

Electives (9 credits) -- Courses for example include:

  • HLS 475 – Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • HLS 476 – Homeland Security Intelligence  
  • HLS 540 – Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods
  • HLS 558 – Disaster Psychology
  • HLS 832 – U.S. Military’s Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities
  • HLS 875 – U.S. Homeland Security Law
  • PL SC 836 – Root Courses of Terrorism
  • IST 564 – Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management

International track

Civil security is a field with remarkable projected job growth around the world. Since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as initiatives in other countries, has transformed how delivery of security is planned, executed, and coordinated globally.

The international track of the Penn State World Campus Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security is based on state-of-the-art security research studies. It helps you understand differences and commonalities between homeland security, national security, and international security, and explains the characteristics of homeland security in a global context and an all-hazards threat environment.

This degree can prepare you for a global career with excellent earning potential. Through our diverse course options, you can become a leader in such fields as policy management, emergency management, law enforcement, health care, corporate security, IT, computer science, or the military.

Course topic areas for the international track include:

  • Core Courses on Foundations and Development of Homeland Security
  • Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods
  • International Relations Theory
  • Root Causes of Terrorism
  • Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Natural Disasters

Capstone experience (3 credits):

HLS 594 – Research project 


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