Master of Science in Homeland Security

Prepare to be a leader in the growing field of homeland security.

This program is designed to equip you with vital skills in homeland security preparedness, mitigation, and management; cross-functional and media communications; infrastructure, cyber, and border security; and threat analysis and resolution. You'll learn from faculty who have worked for or with the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Security Agency (NSA), and other federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.

This graduate degree program has been retired.Prospective learners might be interested in the Master of Science in Public Safety and/or the certificate or concentration in Homeland Security.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella is a preferred provider of higher education for the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).
  • Students will learn from faculty who are leaders in the field of homeland security, including individuals who have worked directly for or with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Security Agency (NSA), and various other federal, state, local, and tribal agencies.
  • Capella's MS in Homeland Security features a cutting edge courseroom experience that allows students to develop the critical collaboration skills needed to be a leader in homeland security.
  • This program was designed around educational standards in the field of homeland security.
  • Capella is one of few universities to offer a master's degree in Homeland Security.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Coordinate with multiple agencies, foreign, domestic, public, and private, in order to communicate, gather, process, and share information.
  2. Perform technical or managerial leadership in order to guide, educate, inform and influence others to accomplish goals, policies, priorities, and needs.
  3. Enhance critical analysis techniques to recognize and solve gaps and problems and communicate potential and future issues.
  4. Apply theoretical foundations and technological knowledge of elements that influence homeland security practice.
  5. Build technological knowledge of elements that influence homeland security success and adversarial abilities.
  6. Apply ethics, laws, cultural understanding, and policies to appropriate situations.
  7. Forecast and suggest counters to threats and nuances in illicit behaviors and actions that will affect homeland security.
  8. Adapt principles and practices and behaviors of effective leadership, multidisciplinary collaboration, networks, and organizational governance to enhance public value.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Our School of Business and Technology master's graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. The majority of graduates work in higher education, government/public sector, healthcare, information technology, aerospace, or consulting.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Many master's degree graduates from the School of Business and Technology report advancing in their careers and receiving a salary increase, leadership role or promotion. They also say their Capella degrees garner recognition from employers.

Improvements in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduate

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Public Service Leadership master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Public Service Leadership master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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