Legal Studies

Legal Studies Online Master of Science (M.S.) - Homeland Security Concentration

About Homeland Security

Meet the challenges in protecting our nation.

Develop a deeper understanding of the ways to prepare for and withstand terror and prevent attacks within the United States. The master's degree in legal studies program at California University of Pennsylvania offers you in-depth learning in the specialized concentration of homeland security.

The graduate degree in homeland security enables justice professionals, health specialists and legal experts to concentrate on legal and policy issues as well as security systems and methodology.

Examine the range of threats to our homeland.

  • Choose our fully online graduate degree program for access to recognized faculty experts in Pennsylvania and across the country who have had excellent experience in the field.
  • Earn your master's degree in two years to begin a new career or prepare for advancement in your current employment.


Core topics
Courses in the homeland security concentration focus on such issues as domestic extremism in the United States; biological, chemical, nuclear and WMD threats in homeland security; intelligence practice in homeland security; and terrorism, threat and vulnerability analysis and protection. 

Elective courses
Graduate students in the homeland security concentration can choose from a selection of elective courses to study digital imaging; forensic photography and the law; law and the international community; financial investigations; law, science and forensic applications; and other specialized topics.

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Degree Benefits

The master's degree in legal studies with a concentration in homeland security prepares civil servants and other professionals to be on the front lines of defense to protect our nation. You will learn to:

  • Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and reduce its 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 and long-term improvements in homeland security preparedness.

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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's online master's degree in legal studies prepares you for well-paying and rewarding careers in the workplace. Because this graduate degree program blends the fields of humanities, business and political science with the legal and policy issues related to homeland security, Cal U graduates are ready for many future employment opportunities as well as career advancement. A sampling of employers includes:

  • Department of Homeland Security

  • Secret Service

  • Border Patrol

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE)

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • Local and state law enforcement

Homeland Security Concentration - M.S., Legal Studies

Career network

Cal U students learn in cohorts, where they meet and study with many other professionals who enroll in the M.S. in legal studies program. Graduate students are from law enforcement, the police, the military, private sector security, government agencies and more. Cohort students become valuable career contacts and colleagues.


Professional resource

The Institute for Law and Public Policy at Cal U provides continuing education for a wide range of professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania through degree and certificate programs, and professional development and training opportunities.


Certificate option

Cal U students can choose to earn the 15-credit-hour, 100% online homeland security certificate to focus on border security, security policies, emergency management and infrastructure protection. The certificate offers valuable professional advancement for those in law enforcement, public safety, cyber security and emergency management programs.


Homeland Security Concentration Courses

This master's degree concentration ensures thorough study of the strategic, political, legal and organizational challenges associated with defense of the U.S. homeland.



Course Credits
LAW 600 Law and Public Policy  3
LAW 601 Law and Ethics 3
LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution 3
LAW 603 Law and Legal Method 3
AST 700 U.S. Homeland Security 3
AST 710 Emergency Management Principles, Law, and Policy 3
AST 720 Domestic Extremism in the United States 3
AST 740 Terrorism, Threat & Vulnerability Analysis & Protection 3
AST 760 Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security 3
AST 780 Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security 3
Total 30
Admission Requirements

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
  • International Global Online Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume with contact information for three professional references with an overview of professional work experience
    • 500-word essay supporting the application

How to Apply:

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) 

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Legal Studies Online Master of Science (M.S.)



M.S., Legal Studies Faculty

Larry Bassi

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Jeffrey Davidson

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Kevin Govern, J.D., LL.M.

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David Heller
Adjunct Professor

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Brian Kohlhepp, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty

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William Morgan, J.D.
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David Smith, M.S., M.A., J.D.

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Dr. Christina A. Toras, J.D., M.A.
Professor, Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy

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Michael Vennum, J.D.

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Dr. Karl Williams, M.D., M.P.H.

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