Legal Studies: Homeland Security

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Master of Science: Legal Studies: Homeland Security Concentration - Credits: 30 (Program Code: 0953)

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

Program Description

The Legal Studies: Homeland Security master's and certificate programs provide a comprehensive study of various aspects of homeland security and national security of the United States. Special emphasis is placed on a full range of legal and policy issues, including:

  • Developing strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States.
  • Reducing America's vulnerability to terrorism.
  • Analyzing the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security, including local/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation.
  • Engaging in critical analysis to seek improvements in homeland security preparedness through policy development using real-world, actionable opportunities for progress.

M.S. in Legal Studies: Homeland Security

The Homeland Security concentration of the Legal Studies master's degree uniquely creates a wide-ranging educational opportunity for both working professionals and serious students seeking graduate education in the practical application of law and policy in the context of homeland and national security in the United States. This concentration prepares you for a wide range of homeland security roles. Coursework is relevant (but not limited) to:

  • Law enforcement professionals monitoring our nation’s borders.
  • Executives crafting policies related to preparedness and resilience in the face of homeland security threats.
  • Cybersecurity personnel.
  • Human resources professionals.

It is an excellent option for professionals seeking to advance their careers or move into executive leadership positions, as well as those preparing for a second career after law enforcement or open the door to new career opportunities. 

This degree can be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study. 

Certificate in Homeland Security

The Homeland Security certificate program is designed for students who are seeking an academic credential as preparation for careers in federal, state or local homeland security and emergency management agencies, and in corporate security.

This post-baccalaureate certificate program includes graduate homeland security courses from the M.S. in Legal Studies: Homeland Security program.

Students can complete the five courses within one year.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Curriculum - Master of Science:  Legal Studies - Homeland Security

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 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
Total 30

Curriculum - Certificate: Homeland Security

Course Credits
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
Total 15


Students in the legal studies master's degree and certificate program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to a dedicated faculty member adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Faculty members work closely with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study and their careers.

Program Website

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), Professor, Full-Time Faculty; Director, Institute of Law and Public Policy

Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, case law and public policy 
: 724-938-4761

Program Faculty

 Larry Bassi, M.A., B.S. (Washington State University), Instructor

Jeffry Davidson, M.A., M.A. (Webster University), B.A. (Barry University), Instructor

Kevin Govern, J.D. (Marquette University Law School), LL.M. (University of Notre Dame School of Law), LL.M. (The Judge General's School, U.S. Army), B.A. (Marquette University), Instructor

David Heller, M.A. (Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Post Graduate School), B.S. (Capitol College), A.S. (Penn State University), Adjunct Professor

Brian Kohlhepp, M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Waynesburg University), Ross Police Detective Division Supervisor, FBI JTTF, Assistant Professor

William Morgan, J.D. (Quinnipiac College School of Law), B.S. (University of New Haven), (FBI National Academy), Command Training Program (New England Institute of Law Management, Babson College), Instructor

David Smith, J.D. (Dickinson School of Law, Penn State), M.A. (American Public University System), M.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S., A.S. (York College of Pennsylvania), Instructor

Michael Vennum, J.D. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (Penn State University), Instructor

Karl Williams, M.P.H., M.D. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (Oberlin College), Instructor

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