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Earn a Masters in Homeland Security (MSHLS) From a 100% Online University

12 Month Path to Graduation

As the United States faces more and more threats from terrorists inside our country and abroad, the need for well-trained, critical homeland security experts has never been greater. Learn the skills you need to excel in homeland security professions in the federal, state, and municipal levels through the online Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHLS) program at Trident.

In our 100% online program, you will:

  • Gain advanced knowledge and skills needed to respond to emergencies and disasters.
  • Learn to mitigate the potentially catastrophic consequences of natural disasters or terrorist acts.
  • Understand and apply legal and ethical practices and decision-making in the field of homeland security.
  • Collaborate with many other students and faculty members online as you complete research and coursework.

Online Homeland Security Masters Program Overview

The online Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHLS) program is designed for both military and civilian students with experience responding to domestic crises, terrorist-based events, and natural disasters. The MSHLS degree program courses closely align with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission objectives and are appropriately sequenced to correspond to before-, during-, and after-a-disaster episodes on American soil. You will graduate with the skills needed in the field of homeland security to make the world a safer place.

See the Trident Catalog for full descriptions of all master in homeland security program course offerings.

Professors at Trident believe in us, and encourage us, whether we are students studying in a war zone or an 80-some-year-old woman writing papers from her husband's hospital room. We appreciate their support and guidance for our achievements.

Roberta K., MAED & MSHA Class of 2017/2015

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of their respective program option, graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge of theories and practices relevant to homeland security.
  • Examine and apply emergency plans to homeland security scenarios meeting state and federal guidelines and communicate them to the impacted public.
  • Apply quantitative skills and methods to analyze homeland security data/information.
  • Identify and appraise the theoretical foundations and literature in the field of homeland security.
  • Evaluate and assess multiple or competing perspectives and options and recommend appropriate administrative plans or courses of action relative to homeland security.
  • Apply assessment and valuation to diverse interagency procedure and plan options in response to homeland natural disasters or terrorist acts.
  • Assess diverse legal and ethical practices and apply to decision making in the field of homeland

Your courses at Trident University will be relevant and inspiring. As an MS in Homeland Security student, you will take a variety of classes, including Crisis Management, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Security Technology, and Intelligence Analysis. Crisis simulations and scenarios will be used to reinforce students’ skills to succeed in Homeland Security professions in the federal, state, and local government; and industry areas.

You must complete 40 semester credits of core courses and electives. See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

The Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHLS) degree program has the following concentrations:

  • Cybersecurity - This concentration will begin by examining cybersecurity policy and laws, and then move on to offensive and defensive cyber actions and intelligence gathering. Real-life scenarios involving threats to our critical infrastructures will be used.
  • Emergency and Disaster Management - Logistics - This concentration provides an integral part of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with its focus on Natural and Manmade disasters. Operating under disastrous conditions in which lives are in danger calls for clear and concise actions on the part of homeland security professionals. Some knowledge in emergency logistics is essential. Many times, staging of material, procurement and dispensing of medical supplies, and coordination of transportation do not go according to plan and will require dynamic planning and adjustments to plans in real-time.
  • Leadership – This concentration focuses on the most current leadership theory, best practices, and organizational case studies to promote student learning and to enable new leaders to best meet the diverse and multi-faceted challenges they will face in organizational leadership roles.

See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all concentration course offerings.

Graduate certificates require four courses (16 credits) or six courses (24 credits), depending on the specific certificate, and include programs such as:

  • Conflict Resolution Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Emergency and Disaster Management - Logistics
  • Health Education
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management
  • Instructional Systems Specialist
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Supply Chain Management

See the Trident Catalog for full descriptions of all concentration course offerings.

Subject to additional college-or program-specific admissions requirements, the following standard admissions requirements apply:

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Certificate-seeking students must provide official transcripts of all prior academic work, including military transcripts.
  • Masters degree students are required to provide official transcripts from the institution granting the undergraduate degree.
  • Academic entrance exams, such as GRE, MAT or GMAT, are not required for admission.
  • International students must provide proof of English proficiency (see Trident Catalog for details).

The following standard transfer policies apply:

  • Transfer students are required to provide official transcripts of all prior academic work without exception.
  • Prior academic work will be articulated during the admission process.
  • All courses, whether applied to a program or program elective in transfer will be posted to the student’s permanent record.
  • Transfer credits will not be included in the calculation of overall GPA.
  • Graduate coursework submitted for transfer must have been completed within the prior seven years unless the content is deemed outdated or no longer equivalent or relevant by Trident.
  • Trident may accept for transfer to the masters degree up to 30% of graduate level credits from other accredited colleges or universities. All transferred course credits must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Tuition cost for the masters program:

tuition type per credit per course per year*
Standard $567 $2,268 $10,206
Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members** $425.25 $1,701 $7,654.5
Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees** $325 $1,300 $5,850
Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve U.S Military Service Members** $250 $1,000 $4,500

*Assumes no transfer credit and that student in a 36 credit program enrolls in an average of 18 credits per year for 2 years.
**Tuition per credit represented with applicable military grant applied.

University Fees:

  • Books and Supplies: $0
  • Course Materials: $0
  • Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
  • Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
  • Graduation Fee: $150
  • Official Transcript: $10
  • Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
  • Payment Plan Set-up: $35-$55 (non-refundable)
  • Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.

Seeking more information on the cost of attending Trident University? Visit Trident's Financial Aid Resources page where you will find financial aid tools including Trident's Net Price Calculator and Shopping Sheet, a guide to assist in early financial planning for college.

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