The Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security offers a comprehensive program of studies covering core elements of homeland security and emergency management at the graduate level.
The Master of Arts in Homeland Security is intended to prepare the next generation of emergency managers and homeland security professionals for leadership roles in the public and private sectors. The rigorous, application-oriented curriculum is designed and written by full-time Northeastern University faculty.
The degree offers a comprehensive program of studies covering core elements of homeland security and emergency management at the graduate level, including management skills, intelligence gathering and analysis, risk management, emergency planning and management, legal issues, technological issues and social psychology. Options for either an on-ground, hybrid, or online course of study allows maximum flexibility for professionals already in the field—Northeastern University is especially committed to supporting the educational and career aspirations of active duty military personnel and veterans with academic, financial, and transition support. The program is designed to develop high-level operational expertise through the application of the above content to the implementation of emergency response protocols as executed in the United States. Students build career-advancing, hands-on experience as they address current, real-world security challenges through classwork and teamwork.
Under our National Guard agreement, Homeland Security and Emergency Management professionals can leverage your NIMS certifications for program credit. To learn more about eligibility for this opportunity, please view our fact sheet.
Students can choose from three concentrations: Emergency Management and Geographic Information Technologies, Organization and Infrastructure Continuity, or Port Security. Students will also benefit from the program's collaborative nature with Northeastern's Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University’s ALERT Center (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats), The Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems—a National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center, and The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, among others.
- Collaboration with Homeland Security Centers and Institutes
- Option to participate in Co-op system, experiential learning, and an independent study project
- Examine all aspects of the disaster cycle
- Understand the nature and sources of threats to social, political, and economic systems
- Develop critical communication skills and techniques related to the public and media
- Use geographic information technologies to gather and analyze relevant data
Opportunities for employment in security positions are diverse, spanning government and private industry. They include: Emergency Management (at the federal, state, and local levels), Industry (particularly in banking, energy, manufacturing, and transportation/shipping), and Ports (maritime and aviation). Graduates of the MA in Homeland Security have secured jobs with: US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, US Department of State, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), among others.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
- 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, or NU Global Exam scores
45 total quarter hours required.
Complete two of the following (6-8 quarter hours):
Choose one from the following:
Students selecting this concentration are only required to take 4 quarter hours of electives:
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Political Science and Security alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Fidelity Investments
- State Street
- US Army
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
What They Do
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Microsoft Office
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