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Legal Studies: Homeland Security

Master of Science: Legal Studies: Homeland Security Concentration - Credits: 36-37 (Program Code: 0953)

Certificate: Homeland Security - Credits: 15 (Program Code: 0715)

Program Description

The Legal Studies: Homeland Security program provides two options: a master’s degree and a certificate.

The Master’s of Science Degree in Legal Studies: Homeland Security Concentration presents a neat and clean program that prepares supervisory personnel to tackle the many challenges inherent in the protection of a nation. It allows justice professionals, health specialists and legal specialists to concentrate on the methodology of security in this narrow context. Aside from the recurring demands of professional justice duty, homeland security delivers another slant and perspective to harried and often over-tasked public servants.

The threat of terror and the posture to withstand its onslaught can only be described as a very serious business. Trained, educated and intellectually sophisticated specialists compose the front line of defense in the ongoing resistance to those forces, which undermine the American way of life.

Daily, dedicated civil servants serve the needs of so many so often that the additional variable of terrorism cannot always be the primary consideration. Students can expect to complete the master’s degree program in one year and one semester if taking four 8-week classes per semester; two years and one semester if taking two 8-week classes per semester.

The Homeland Security Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to focus on the key courses within the master’s degree. Students may complete the certificate as part of the master’s degree or as a stand-alone program.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume listing contact information for three professional references
  • Resume must also indicate level of professional experience
  • Two professional letters of recommendation attesting to the ability to succeed in the program
  • Must achieve a B (3.00) or higher in each of the first two courses during the first semester in order to remain in the program

Curriculum - Master's Degree

Core Curriculum
Course NameCredits
LAW 600 Law and Public Policy3
LAW 601 Law and Ethics3
LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution3
LAW 603 Law and Legal Method3

Course NameCredits
AST 700 U.S. Homeland Security3
AST 720 Domestic Extremism in the United States
AST 740 Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Protection3
AST 760 Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security3
AST 780 Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security3

Electives: 12-13 Credits
Course NameCredits
LAW 605 Law and Police Process3
LAW 607 Law and Criminal Conduct3
LAW 700 Law and the International Community3
LAW 702 Law, Science and Forensic Applications3
LAW 730 Independent Study in Law and Public Policy3
PCJ 747 Financial Investigations3
PCJ 748 Criminal Justice Organization and Management3
PCJ 749 Seminar in Justice Studies3
PCJ 750 Sexual Assault Investigations3
PCJ 751 Executive Protection and the Law
PCJ 752 Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law3
PCJ 755 Polygraph and Lie Detection3
RES 849 Thesis4

Curriculum - Certificate

  AST 700 U.S. Homeland Security  3
  AST 720 Domestic Extremism in the United States  3
  AST 740 Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Protection  3
  AST 760 Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security  3
  AST 780 Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security  3


Students in the legal studies master’s degree and certificate programs receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application online
  • Submit the non-refundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above, email (, or fax (724-938-5712)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187

For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University), Chair/Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty;
Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, appellate legal practice and private sector justice
          Web Page:
: 724-938-4761

Program Faculty

Jeffrey S. Magers, Ed.D., M.A. (Spalding University), B.S. (Eastern Kentucky University), Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty

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