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Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Studies

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Homeland Security Studies from Tulane School of Professional Advancement focuses on securing and maintaining the safety of U.S. citizens and residents through practical applications of security and emergency management. Graduates will be prepared to work in the fields of emergency management, intelligence analysis, counter-terrorism analysis, cyber security, border protection and security, and infrastructure protection at all levels of government and in the private sector. This degree is ideal for members of the intelligence community, emergency management, first responders and law enforcement, including border patrol and narcotics enforcement, who are hoping to advance their careers. Other potential careers available for graduates of this program include the following:

  • Forensic accountants
  • Intelligence community officers
  • Counterterrorism analysts
  • Security analysts
  • Emergency management specialists
  • Cyber-security managers
  • Safety managers

Courses in this program are available both in the classroom and online; it is possible to complete the program entirely online, though not all elective courses are available online. Course availability may vary across campus locations.

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Homeland Security Studies Admission Requirements

Students applying to the MPS program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applications to the program must include the following:

  • A statement of 250-500 words discussing their background beyond academic coursework, and how the program will assist them to achieve professional objectives.
  • Official college transcripts from each college attended. Typically, successful applicants will have at least a “B” (3.00) average in all coursework taken.

Applicants may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take one class in their first semester, in which a B or better must be earned to be fully admitted to the program. Students who do not meet the 3.00-grade point average in their undergraduate coursework but who possess sufficient professional experience in the security studies field may be admitted provisionally into the program.

Completed applications are reviewed by the MPS Director and Admissions Committee throughout the year.

To begin the admissions process, complete the online application.

Degree Requirements for the MPS in Homeland Security Studies

The School of Professional Advancement awards the MPS degree following the successful completion of 10 graduate courses comprised of four core 600-level courses and six 700-level courses, which may include graduate courses from other Tulane schools. No thesis is required. Students may not apply more than two independent study courses toward fulfilling graduation requirements for the MPS. In order to earn the MPS, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. Students must also submit an application for degree, available from the School of Professional Advancement Dean’s office, at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to complete all required coursework.

Academic Progress Requirements

Students admitted to the MPS program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better to be considered in good academic standing. Students whose grade point average falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and limited to a maximum of six credit hours in the subsequent semester. Students will be removed from academic probation when they earn an overall grade point average of at least 3.00.

Students may apply one B- toward degree requirements; however, students who earn a second B- will be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower in any coursework attempted will be dismissed from the program.

Transfer Credits

Students in good standing may petition to transfer a maximum of nine credit hours (three courses) of graduate coursework from other colleges or universities to the MPS degree. However, only courses with grades of B or better, completed within five years of enrolling in the MPS program, may be considered for transfer credit.


The Emergency & Security Studies Program Faculty includes the Director and a broad range of practitioners from the field who bring real-world experience in areas such as the FBI, law enforcement intelligence, emergency response, and more.

Credit Requirements

The MPS consists of four core graduate courses that cover a range of academic disciplines such as medical issues for non-medical emergency managers, intelligence analysis, maritime security, and advanced approaches to counterterrorism.

After successfully completing the core courses, students develop an individual plan of study with the MPS director to identify six elective courses from the following list, and from other courses across the university, to complete the degree.

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Core Requirements

HMLS 6150 Emergency Management 3
HMLS 6250 Health and Medical Issues in Emergency Management* 3
HMLS 6500 Intelligence Analysis/Critical Thinking 3
HMLS 6600 Homeland Security and Approaches to Counter-Terrorism 3

Masters Requirements

  Select six courses.
Courses may be classroom-based and/or online.
HMLS 7200 Domestic and International Terrorism  
HMLS 7300 Maritime and Border Security  
HMLS 7500 Intelligence Research, Methods, and Analysis  
HMLS 7600 Critical Infrastructure and Interdependencies  
HMLS 7700 Transportation and Border Security Strategy  
HMLS 7750 Homeland Security: The National Challenge  
HMLS 7800 Cyber Threats and Homeland Security  
HMLS 7850 Law and National Security  

Approved Substitute Courses (available to in-residence students only)

  School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine  
GEHS 6430 Crisis and Emergency Communication 3
GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response 3
GEHS 6920 Environmental Sampling, Monitoring, and Analysis in a Disaster 3
GEHS 6930 Populations Issues During Disasters 3
GEHS 6940 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Recovery 3
GEHS 6960 Public Health Law 3
GEHS 7100 Community Resiliency in Public Health Disasters 3
GEHS 7910 Environmental Disaster Response Planning and Implementation 3
GEHS 7930 Special Needs in Disaster Response 3
INHL 6220 Program Management Skills in Crisis and Transition Settings 3
INHL 6250 Introduction to Health and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies 3
  School of Social Work  
SOWK 7070/
GEHS 6950
Psychological Aspects of Disasters 3
SOWK 7080/
GEHS 7950
Psychological Interventions in Disaster Management 3
  Payson Center  
IDEV 6220 Introduction to Human Aspects of Disasters and Complex Emergencies 3
IDEV 6230 Food Aid and Food Security in Humanitarian Settings 3
IDEV 6310 Ethnic Conflict 3
IDEV 6610 Environment and Development 3
IDEV 6670 International Political and Economic Relations 3
IDEV 6690 Project Management and Costs 3
  Approved for HMLS Graduate Program  
EENS 6050 Natural Disasters 3
HISU 6500 Emergence of the Modern U.S., 1917-1945 3
POLI 6630 International Security 3
  Total 30


*HMLS 6150 Emergency Management will be a pre-requisite for HMLS 6250 Health and Medical Issues in Emergency Management starting in the fall 2017 semester.

Note: The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will charge our students the same tuition rate per credit hour as the School of Professional Advancement for the following three courses: GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response, GEHS 6930 Populations Issues During Disasters, and GEHS 6940 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Recovery. However, courses offered by other Tulane schools/departments may charge a higher tuition rate per credit hour.