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Legal Studies: Homeland Security

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

Program Description

The homeland security concentration in legal studies 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 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.

Program Objectives

  • Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism
  • Build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security, including local/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation
  • Help government leaders make immediate as well as longer-term improvements in homeland security preparedness by having students conduct policy development work on “real world,” actionable opportunities for progress

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admissions Criteria

3.00 GPA in a baccalaureate degree* verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution

Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee

*Applicants possessing a 2.50-2.99 GPA may be considered for conditional admission if they submit two professional letters of recommendation, a current resume indicating field experience and a listing of three references. Conditional admits must achieve a grade of B (3.00) or higher in each of the first two courses taken during the first semester of study


Core Curriculum (12 credits)
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

Homeland Security Concentration (12 credits)
Course NameCredits
AST 700 U.S. Homeland Security3
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

Homeland Security Electives (12-13 credits)
Course NameCredits
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 Protection3
PCJ 752 Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law3
PCJ 755 Polygraph and Lie Detection3
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
RES 849 Thesis4


Students in the legal studies program 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.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419


Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University), Chair/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

Graduate Faculty

For faculty bios, visit:

Larry Bassi, M.A. (University of Washington), B.S. (University of Nebraska), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Brian Kohlhepp, M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Waynesburg University), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

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

William F. Morgan Jr., J.D. (Quinnipiac College School of Law), B.S. (University of New Haven), Professor, Adjunct Faculty