Northeastern University’s Master of Arts in Homeland Security provides students with the skills necessary for the next generation of homeland security leaders in both the public and private sectors.
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The Master in Arts in Homeland Security is designed for students who seek leadership roles in the ever-changing, challenging homeland security field. Our program helps students understand the importance of seeking solutions through a whole-of-government approach and partnerships with the private sector.
From global pandemics, to wildfires in California, hurricanes along the East Coast, and bombings at public events, it’s clear that America faces a number of threats to our national security each and every day. These threats and others require dedicated homeland security professionals to ensure we are all safe.
Our Master of Arts in Homeland Security focuses on providing the leadership skills, emergency planning and management tools, and verbal and written communication expertise to prepare our students to meet the challenges of an uncertain world. With critical and reflective thinking at the forefront of the curriculum, graduates are prepared to make timely, well-reasoned judgments to protect our way of life.
Whether you are considering a career in the homeland security field—or are looking to advance within your current role—a Northeastern University master’s degree in homeland security will help you to achieve your goals.
Career-advancing degree: With hands-on and career-oriented coursework, the curriculum enables students to “learn it tonight, use it tomorrow.” Coursework is specifically designed to immediately provide the skills and knowledge desired in the industry.
Tailor your degree to your career goals: Choose from one of four concentrations—Emergency Management; Organization and Infrastructure Continuity; Geospatial Services; or Port Security.
Flexible learning formats: With courses offered 100% online, on campus in Boston or Charlotte, or in a hybrid format, you can complete your degree without putting your life on hold.
Network and learn from expert security professionals:Our faculty are practicing, recognized experts with years of experience in national and homeland security. They provide students with valuable insights from their careers. Faculty include former FBI Supervisory Special Agents, CIA analysts, and experts who have advised presidents, Congress, and key organizations.
Northeastern’s commitment to advancing innovations in security: Security is one of Northeastern’s three research and programmatic focal areas. Our university-wide commitment to guide and advance innovation in security, intelligence, and resilience is bolstered by our dedicated research centers and institutes focused on security issues.
Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the next generation of homeland security in both the public and private sectors
Provide the leadership skills, emergency planning and management tools, and verbal and written communication expertise to prepare our students to meet the challenges of an uncertain world
Provide a whole-of-government understanding of homeland security with an emphasis on the importance of partnering with the private sector in a global context
Focus on exposing students to a strategic-level understanding of the wholistic approach in the homeland security field and the private sector’s integral role
Opportunities for employment in security positions are diverse, spanning both government and private industry. They include:
Emergency management (at the federal, state, and local levels)
Industries such as banking, energy, manufacturing, and transportation/shipping
Ports (maritime and aviation)
Past graduates of the program have gone on to work for:
U.S. Secret Service
Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Department of State
Naval Criminal Investigative Services
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
"My final capstone project at Northeastern was to evaluate the impact of the 2020 COVID-19 Global Pandemic on the security of the United States… This led to the launch of my own company that has now helped thousands of people return to work. None of this would have been possible without my education at Northeastern University. This started as a capstone assignment, but has turned into much, much more."
Nick Perrotta, 2020 MA HLS Graduate
"My coursework helped me develop my strategic plan in my current workplace. The deliverables you have at the end of your course are tactics you can use directly at your organization. For instance, I developed a five-year plan for the Homeland Security Institute through one of my classes."
U.S. Army Major Eric DiNoto, Program Alum
"At Northeastern, our program approaches homeland security with a holistic approach designed to develop leaders who can go anywhere there is a need for strategic expertise."
John Terpinas, former FBI agent, Professor of the Practice and lead faculty
"Homeland security has become increasingly essential to communities across the country. Whether we are reacting to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, or wildfires or terrorist incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing, we need a wide variety of occupations to be ready to respond and to secure those in harm’s way."
Jack McDevitt, PhD, Faculty Director
"The program has been so informative and eye-opening as to how we might have, in the past, handled threats in a different manner, and how best to confront future challenges."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)
November 8, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)
December 13, 2021
Domestic application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)
December 20, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)
February 7, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)
March 14, 2022
Domestic application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)
March 28, 2022
Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)
May 9, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)
June 13, 2022
Domestic application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)
June 27, 2022
Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)
July 18, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)
August 22, 2022
Domestic application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)
September 6, 2021
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