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Earn Your Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Studies

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Spark your passion for helping others while also amplifying your career possibilities with an advanced degree from the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Homeland Security Studies focuses on securing and maintaining the safety of U.S. residents through practical applications of security and emergency management.

From courses on domestic and international terrorism and intelligence research methods to examinations of emergency management and border security, the curriculum dives deep into the policies and strategies used in today’s advanced homeland security sector. Upon completion of core courses, you will also have the opportunity to develop an individual plan of study with the Program Director based on your specific interests, including courses outside the Emergency and Security Studies program available on-campus.

Boost your resume with a graduate certificate in Intelligence. You can complete this certificate by taking only four courses. Then, those credits can be applied toward an MPS in Homeland Security.

An Entirely Online Degree With In-residence Flexibility

We believe that going back to school shouldn’t have to mean putting your life on hold. That’s why Tulane SoPA students may choose to complete their master’s entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses. Course availability may vary depending on your campus location, and select elective courses not within the Emergency and Security Studies program are only offered on campus and not in online formats. See how homeland security and emergency management impact people’s day-to-day lives by visiting our program’s YouTube playlist.

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Develop Job-ready Technical Skills From Industry Leaders

The MPS in Homeland Security Studies will prepare students to work in the fields of emergency management, intelligence analysis, counterterrorism analysis, cyber security, border protection and security, and infrastructure protection at all levels of government and in the private sector. Those with experience in the military or as a first responder can apply their knowledge and enhance their technical and interpersonal skills through this program. As a Silver Award Military Friendly® recipient, our office of Veterans Affairs is committed to your success and can connect you to educational benefits, learning resources, and financial aid.

Graduates can pursue the following professional roles:

  • Intelligence Community Officer
  • Counterterrorism Analyst
  • Federal, State, or Local Law Enforcement Officer
  • Federal, State, or Local Homeland Security Officer
  • Border and Immigration Officer
  • Infrastructure Protection Analyst
  • Transportation Security Analyst
  • Maritime Security Analyst


Develop Job-ready Technical Skills From Industry Leaders

Through the MPS program, you will gain applicable, real-world skills from professors who have experience in areas such as the FBI, law enforcement intelligence, emergency response, and more. Take your next step in a growing industry with professional development and networking opportunities built into your curriculum and a diverse group of student peers who share your passion for public safety and security.

A professional with an information technology degree addressing a classroom of students from Tulane School of Professional Advancement in New Orleans, LA


Graduate Certificates

We also offer two graduate certificates that you can complete by taking four online courses. Once you've earned a graduate certificate, you can use those credits to get started on your Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security Studies and add the certificate to your resume. Certificates can also be earned concurrently with the MPS.

MPS Admission Requirements

Students applying to the MPS in Homeland Security Studies 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 in Homeland Security Studies Director, Dr. Michael Wallace and Admissions Committee throughout the year.

To begin the admissions process, complete the online application.

MPS Degree Requirements

The School of Professional Advancement awards the MPS in Homeland Security Studies degree following the successful completion of 11 graduate courses comprised of six core 600-level courses and one core 700-level course, which may include graduate courses from other Tulane schools. No thesis is required. Graduate students seeking to enroll in more than 9 credit hours per semester require approval from the Program Director. 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 apply for a degree at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to complete all required coursework. Applications for degree conferral are now online and will appear in a student's Gibson account when available.

Concentration Details

In addition to the required core courses for the MPS in Homeland Security Studies, students may select elective courses from a wide range of choices. Additionally, elective courses may result in a graduate degree concentration. The Online Master’s in Homeland Security Studies offers an optional concentration in Cybersecurity.


A concentration in Cybersecurity presents students with an in-depth exploration of enterprise security of networks and communications as well as cyber incident response and investigation. Coursework also includes a comprehensive look at current threats to IT infrastructures as well as the premeditation that goes into attacks and what motivates attackers. As organizations are growing increasingly dependent on cybersecurity professionals and evolving technologies to defend against malicious online threats and security breaches, the demand for these positions continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations within the cybersecurity field will increase by 26 % by the year 2022.

Cybersecurity Concentration

Course Title  
CPST 6320 Business Intelligence  
CPST 7800 Cyber Law and Policy  
HMLS 7800 Cyber Threats and Homeland Security  


Eligibility for 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.

Listing of Required Courses

Click here for listing of MPS in Homeland Security Studies required courses and course descriptions.

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.


Tuition & Fees

Information about SoPA tuition and fees may be found here.

Some courses have fees to support the technology needed for high-quality virtual and on-ground experiences.  These fees are always listed on the schedule of classes.

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