Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Help safeguard the nation and uphold the constitution
30 Credit, 12-Month Program
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. The breadth of coursework in our M.S. Homeland Security program includes courses designed to hone your skills in problem solving in the high-stakes environment of homeland security.
Homeland security practitioners 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. The Master of Science in Homeland Security is the perfect program for those already in the field of homeland security who wish to further their careers.
The program 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. As a student in the program, you’ll develop a broad foundation of knowledge as it relates to homeland security in the 21st century, including terrorism and emerging threats, cyber security and technology, homeland security sectors, the intelligence community, emergency management, application of policy and more.
This applied foundation of knowledge, coupled with your own professional experience, will assist you in advancing your career in the homeland security field.
Professional homeland security Training
- Coursework will build your knowledge of today’s most pressing national security issues.
- Learn how to use leading methodologies to address ever-changing security challenges.
- Study with active practitioners who provide unique, real-world insights into the field.
- A research design component of the program allows you to develop skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- You’ll be prepared to work in a variety of positions such as law enforcement, security, emergency management and intelligence analysis.
- The program is an excellent steppingstone to a Ph.D. program in the discipline.
Preparing You for the Real World
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 who bring 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, 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 your chosen field.
Active, Experiential Learning
The Master of Science in Homeland Security 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.
Format & Sample Courses
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.
Cyber Security and Technology in Homeland Security (ENF665) – This course provides a broad overview of cyber security and the role it plays in homeland security. The course examines technology as a tool to support information systems, inspections and surveillance, communications, knowledge management, and cyber security to support the Homeland Security Mission. The course describes the interdependencies, benefits, and barriers that technology creates within Homeland Security with a focus on governance structures and technology trends.
Homeland Security Sectors (ENF570) – This course is designed to challenge students to examine the concept of homeland security from a variety of important sectors. As part of this focus of study, students will look at different homeland security sectors and evaluate their impact on national security. During this course, emphasis will be placed on immigration, border security, transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, and public health issues among other topics. Each of these areas will be looked at on a spectrum from the protective factors currently being implemented, to the effect of a terrorist attack on each sector. Students will read multiple open source documents related to the homeland security sectors, and will be tasked with analyzing current security methodologies and offering new solutions to existing problems.
With an M.S. Homeland Security degree, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities. You’ll be well positioned for a variety of federal and state agencies, in positions such as law enforcement, security, emergency management and intelligence analysis. Our program is also an excellent steppingstone to a Ph.D. program in the discipline.
- Border Patrol
- Computer Scientist
- Counterintelligence Specialist
- Customs Agent
- Data Analyst
- Emergency Management Specialist
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Federal Correction Officer
- First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives
- First-Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers
- Information Security Analyst
- Intelligence Analyst
- Intelligence Collector
- Network and Systems Engineer
- Risk Management Specialist
- Security and Emergency Preparedness Professional
- Transportation Security Manager
where tu grads have worked
- Continental Secret Service Bureau
- Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
- Marathon Petroleum Corporation
- Omni Air International
- Social Security Administration
- U.S. Department of the Army
MSCJ Homeland Security FAQ
what is homeland security?
Homeland security practitioners 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.
what is a master’s in homeland security?
A master’s in homeland security 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 in the 21st century, including terrorism and emerging threats, cyber security and technology, homeland security sectors, the intelligence community, emergency management, application of policy and more.
what can i do with a degree With a degree in homeland security?
With a degree in homeland security, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including border patrol, computer scientist, counterintelligence specialist, customs, data analyst, emergency management, federal corrections, information security, intelligence analyst, network and systems engineer, risk management, security and emergency preparedness, transportation security manager and more.
MSCJ Homeland Security Program RequirementsDownload
- Master of Education
- Master of Humanities
- Master of Science
- MS in Criminal Justice
At a Glance
- Advance your career in the field of homeland security
- Taught by senior homeland security practitioners
- Study today’s most pressing national security issues
- Develop career-ready cognitive skills
“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.”
MS in CJ Homeland Security
Class of 2019