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Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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Environmental disasters, terrorism, espionage—these types of threats make headlines every day. Purdue Global could help you pursue a rewarding career protecting the security of our country and addressing these challenges head-on.

If you already have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college and want to earn an advanced degree to further your career, the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management could help you achieve this goal. This criminal justice and homeland security degree program is designed to prepare you to pursue management-level positions with employers such as the Department of Homeland Security and other federal, state, and local agencies.

A master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management can also help prepare you for a dynamic career within private-sector consulting companies.* Explore an emergency management master’s degree to help you grow your career in this evolving field.

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Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program Highlights

The Purdue Global Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s curriculum focuses on the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects of the industry. Our web-based homeland security courses are taught by experienced industry professionals and are available virtually anytime, anywhere you have access to the Internet. With this online degree program, you will explore how societal institutions, government agencies, lawmakers, businesses, and other organizations find sustainable security and emergency management solutions on a local, regional, national, and global level.

The master’s degree curriculum emphasizes the following:

  • The evaluation of social and ethical implications of decisions made to protect people and property
  • Complex global challenges with innovative solutions
  • The application of theory, current knowledge, and legal doctrine
  • Cultural and individual differences of constituents and stakeholders
  • The application of leadership principles to shape change and improve management policy and practices
  • The evaluation of research on current knowledge and developing trends
  • The application of organizational behavior and management theories to daily operations
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

With a master’s degree from Purdue Global, you could prepare for the opportunities ahead or build a solid foundation to pursue more advanced academic degrees.

Career opportunities may exist in the following*:

  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Border and transportation security
  • Infrastructure protection
  • Information analysis
  • Homeland defense
  • Emergency management
  • Service and response
  • Hazard mitigation
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.


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April 18, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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July 18, 2018

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September 05, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The Purdue Global Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s curriculum focuses on the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects of the industry. Courses include:

  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice       
  • Crisis and Emergency Management Fundamentals       
  • Homeland Security Policies, Principles, Procedures, and Plans       
  • Risk, Vulnerability, and Capability Assessment Methods       
  • Planning and Operations in Crisis and Emergency Management      
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits55
  • Total Credits55

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.