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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Homeland Security Administration

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become a leader in the homeland security field

30 Credit, 12-Month Program

We must take steps to ensure the safety and security of our homeland. Tiffin University’s homeland security program is one of the best in the nation. With our faculty’s expertise and extensive experience in the field, you’ll gain a broad-based knowledge of contemporary security, helping to prepare you for leadership roles in the ever-changing, challenging environment of homeland security administration.

Since the events of 9/11, the field of homeland security has been constantly evolving. In addition to the threat of international terrorism, it now has, as a primary focus, domestic terrorism, and natural disaster mitigation. It’s an exciting time to be part of this growing and ever-changing field.

The Master of Science in homeland security administration is designed for students who wish to advance their career in the homeland security field – specifically, students seeking to advance and be promoted into leadership and administrative roles within the field.

As a student in the program, you’ll develop a broad foundation of knowledge as it relates to homeland security administration in the 21st century, including current threats, strategic planning, budget and 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.

Professional homeland security administration Training
  • Study with active practitioners who provide unique, real-world insights into the field.
  • Examine legal and ethical issues in order to practice integrity in your professional work.
  • Gain exposure to and have an understanding of homeland security administration issues from a global perspective.
  • Learn how to use leading methodologies to address ever-changing security challenges.
  • Hone your skills to think critically, pragmatically and strategically as an administrator in the high-stakes environment of homeland security.

In the program, you’ll gain a broad-based knowledge of the homeland security enterprise, including the foreign and domestic terrorism threat picture and the role the Department of Homeland Security plays in mitigating such threats. You’ll learn the importance of dedication to the effort of safeguarding the nation. Throughout the coursework, the importance of teamwork is emphasized as a primary tool for accomplishment of the mission.

Our curriculum is delivered by senior homeland security practitioners with significant and current experience. Their experiences add richness to your understanding with real-world examples, helping you to build a thorough understanding of the current challenges and the changing landscape of the homeland security apparatus in the U.S. In a vibrant field such as homeland security administration, these real-world experiences are invaluable to your learning.

a practical, professional education
  • All of our homeland security faculty have backgrounds working directly in the field. Instructors use their professional experiences to inform their teaching.
  • You’ll develop your cognitive skills for application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the significant data and materials this course of study will provide you.
  • As a graduate of the program, you’ll be well positioned for many federal positions as well as positions at the state and local levels.
  • The breadth of understanding gained in the program will enable you to make an immediate impact in the field of homeland security administration.

The Master of Science in Homeland Security Administration is an online program, however, you’ll engage with other students in rich, instructor-involved discussions. Most every course presents opportunities for spirited debate among students who are already professionals in the field.

As part of a practitioner-focused program, you’ll also take part in projects involving real-world applications. Group work within the program is constant and replicates the cooperation needed for success as homeland security leaders.

ohio police officer training academy (opota)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam. Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


Online – Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October


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.

Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination (JUS612) – In an increasingly complex world, leaders and administrators in criminal justice and homeland security agencies need skills that will enable them to successfully prepare and use a strategic plan. Students in this course will address the fundamentals of strategic planning: what it is, why it is important, how it is done, who should be involved, and why many organizations struggle with it. The focus will be on community and interagency strategic planning because a successful strategic plan for a criminal justice agency is firmly rooted in community needs and priorities. The course will also focus on the importance of mission-focused collaboration in the strategic planning process as it specifically relates to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS was created through the integration of all or part of 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified integrated department. The concepts of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration will be used to address alignment of people, resources, and processes to the agency mission, vision and purpose of the organization.

Focus Areas in Homeland Security Administration (ENF575) – The purpose of this course is to prepare Homeland Security professionals to analyze, interpret and understand various policies and procedures related to the management and administration of Homeland Security affairs. Through evaluation and discussion of a wide range of multidisciplinary topics and issues, students will gain an appreciation for the threats, vulnerabilities and hazards which face Homeland Security practitioners. Students will also learn to identify and engage appropriate assets, capabilities and resources to mitigate and remediate these threats. Civil liberty protections guaranteed to us by the Constitution have a bearing on U.S. Homeland Security policy, and this course will examine the delicate balance of civil-military relations and the impact of Federalism, States’ Rights and Tribal Sovereignty on the preparation for, response to and recovery from man-made and natural disasters. The course will review policies and procedures related to Homeland Security grants, disaster declarations and other financial and operational crisis response resources. Additionally, students will be introduced to the importance of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) in the planning and preparation for all-hazards events. Finally, the course will examine assessment criteria and resources available to Homeland Security professionals responsible for Critical Infrastructure Protection activities.

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.

Leadership & Practical Application in Homeland Security Administration (ENF685) – This course will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesize the knowledge gained through the balance of the program in a capstone seminar. Students will be provided a series of contemporary case studies for their analysis, in critical areas such as homeland security legal and regulatory authorities, risk assessment, strategic planning, budget formulation, program planning, and program assessment with the intent of understanding how such functional areas of administration are currently applied in the homeland security enterprise, to what effect, and under what limitations. They will then pursue a capstone project in which, as individuals or teams, they will evaluate a pressing homeland security policy issue, and conduct analysis required to develop a comprehensive proposal for operational application, including all aspects of its implementation and management. In general, this course is intended to provide students the opportunity to evaluate the reality of homeland security policy development and administration, and how it exists in an open, ill-defined, and still maturing environment. Through their own original analysis, writing and oral presentation, the students will also gain an appreciation for how such open questions of homeland security policy development can be addressed through innovation, collaboration, and persistence.

The M.S. Homeland Security Administration degree is designed for those seeking to advance into leadership and administrative roles within the homeland security field. The degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills, experience and network that you will leverage throughout your career. Our program is also an excellent steppingstone to a Ph.D. program in the discipline.

  • Counterintelligence Specialist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives
  • First-Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Network and Systems Engineer
  • Risk Management Specialist
  • Security and Emergency Preparedness Professional
  • Transportation Security Manager

where tu grads have worked

  • Arlington Police & Fire Department
  • Army National Guard
  • Aveshka Inc.
  • Ball Aerospace &Technologies Corp.
  • Chagrin Falls Police Department
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Ohio National Guard
  • State of California
  • Transportation Security Administration

Homeland security administration professionals oversee those who secure critical infrastructure and transportation, protect the borders, prepare for and respond to disasters, investigate and counter terrorism to secure our country on a daily basis.


A master’s in homeland security administration incorporates many of the prominent homeland security and criminal justice concepts into a curriculum delivered by senior homeland security practitioners with significant and current experience. Students will develop a broad foundation of knowledge as it relates to homeland security administration in the 21st century, including current threats, strategic planning, budget and finance, policy formulation, leadership, and ethical issues and practices.


With a degree in homeland security administration, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including counterintelligence specialist, emergency management specialist, first-line supervisor of police and detectives, information security analyst, intelligence analyst, management analyst, network and systems engineer, risk management specialist, security and emergency preparedness, transportation security manager and more.

MSCJ Homeland Security Administration Program Requirements

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“Tiffin University offers an affordable program that made it worth it to go back to school. I had been looking for accredited schools, that were affordable, and offered courses taught by instructors that were also professionals in the field.”

Richard Funke
MS in CJ Homeland Security
Class of 2019
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