Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Homeland Security

Classes Start October 18 and January 11
Classes Start Six Times Per Year For Ultimate Flexibility

Goals and Course Topics

Foresee Risks and Resolve Threats

We must take steps to ensure the safety and security of our homeland. TU’s homeland security program is one of the best in the nation. With our faculty’s expertise and commitment, you can explore contemporary security including current threats, strategic planning, budget & finance, policy formulation, leadership and ethical issues and practices. Only then will you be able to foresee risks and resolve threats before they grow into crises.

Your Homeland Security Programs

The homeland security administration concentration will be beneficial to students seeking to advance and be promoted into leadership and administrative roles within the homeland security field in the future. If you are looking for a promotion to a supervisory grade position (GS-13 or above), this is the degree for you. The program’s emphasis on leadership skills, the federal budgeting process, and policy development give you the preparation you need to lead in the Homeland Security field or many other areas of federal agency administration, including Defense and State. 

Finally, graduates of this program may be qualified to teach criminal justice courses in community colleges or may be eligible to advance to a Ph.D. program.

Tiffin University also offers a homeland security concentration that more broadly covers border security, cyber security, coastal threats, emergency management, and terrorism. This concentration would be good for a student attempting to enter the homeland security field. 

Practical Education

The Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school’s talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.


Online: Two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Who Is This Program For?

As a student in the homeland security administration program, you will develop a broad foundation of knowledge as it relates to homeland security administration in the 21st century, including current threats, strategic planning, budget & finance, policy formulation, leadership, and ethical issues and practices. This applied foundation of knowledge, coupled with your refined leadership and communication skills, will assist you in assuming leadership roles in the homeland security field. 

Throughout the program, you will:

  • Examine legal and ethical issues in order to practice legal and ethical integrity in your professional work
  • Gain exposed to and have an understanding of homeland security issues from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, pragmatically and strategically in the completion of a capstone project that will apply your learning to specific homeland security administration issues and challenges in your workplace and professional settings

The homeland security administration program will culminate in a Leadership & Application Capstone Project. The goal of this course is to ensure that you are able to synthesize the knowledge, skills and understanding you have gained through course work, and are able to apply your skills and acquired knowledge in carrying out a project that demonstrates application to the homeland security field.


U.S. News and World Report ranked Tiffin University as Ohio’s third-best online master’s degree program in criminal justice.

Tiffin University’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice programs are ranked #6 for the 2019 Best Master’s in Criminal Justice Online Programs by SR Education Group.

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Average degree completion for a full time student
30 Credits
Average degree completion for a part time student
30 Credits

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Professional Fields

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • State law enforcement
  • State homeland security agencies
  • Federal and State Inspector General offices
  • DHS administration
  • Justice Department leadership

Sample Courses

The Intelligence Community (ENF520)

Provides an examination of the creation and continuing evolution of the US Intelligence Community (IC) in the post 9/11 era. The IC’s missions, responsibilities and legal authorities will be explored. Students will hold an in-depth discussion on the IC’s successes, failures, and purported controversies. An assignment using the entire intelligence cycle will be developed throughout the course; students will present their findings and develop follow on intelligence requirements based on evaluations from their peers.

Policy Formulation & Analysis in Homeland Security (ENF620)

Details the research and planning process leading to the formulation of homeland security policy which enhances the preparedness, protection and collaborative response efforts and capabilities between the local, state and federal government against terrorist based incidents. Participants will research, develop and evaluate homeland security policy that effect the U.S on a domestic and international level.

Transfer Credit Opportunity

MS in CJ in Homeland Security Administration prospective students, who have completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Certification (CLEE), may receive up to six (6) credit hours of transfer credit into this program.

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