The graduate specialization in homeland security management can help prepare you to take a leadership role in protecting against natural and human-made threats to national security. Gain practical managerial skills in performing security risk assessments; planning for and managing operational recovery; and developing strategies to protect people, facilities, and information-dependent critical infrastructure.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

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

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tackle the five mission areas in homeland security as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Perform risk assessments
  • Spot ethical and legal issues and navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment related to computer systems, applications, and networks
  • Protect telecommunications and information technology networks
  • Analyze infrastructure protection, jurisdiction, and issues in technical areas, such as interconnectivity and interoperability
  • Plan and prepare for disaster response and recovery
  • Apply knowledge about energy pipeline security, electrical grid security, cyber dependence, and SCADA systems as well as risk methodologies applied to the energy industry
  • Use high-tech management styles, including project planning, organizational structure, team building, and control mechanisms
  • Manage each phase of the IT project life cycle, working within organizational and cost constraints, setting goals linked directly to stakeholder needs, and using proven management tools

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 post highlighting the more significant items for a "What Keeps DHS Officials Awake at Night" discussion
  • Write a job description for a chief risk officer that includes 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 assure continued availability of services from this infrastructure

Information Technology 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

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ITEC 610
  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • ITEC 640

Specialization Courses

  • HSMN 610
  • HSMN 625
  • HSMN 630
  • INFA 660
  • BSBD 641
  • EMAN 620

Capstone Course

  • HSMN 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
  • HSMN 610 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.
  • HSMN 670 must be taken in your last semester.

Vertical Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with coursework in homeland security, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Public Safety Student Association encourages discussions on careers, current events, and topics within the public safety field. Previous activities have included webinars on related topics and careers.