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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
The School of Professional Advancement awards the MPS in Homeland Security Studies 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.
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.
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 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.
|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|
|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|
|Psychological Aspects of Disasters||3|
|Psychological Interventions in Disaster Management||3|
|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|
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