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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (MA-HLS) program provides a unique graduate level learning experience that prepares students to analyze, mitigate, and manage the complex issues related to natural and human-made disasters including disaster response, emergency management, public health issues, cyber security, the psychology of terrorism, and the role of law enforcement and the military in protecting the general population. 

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The fully online program examines these topics through the lens of the Cornelian educational experience with modern Catholic social justice and civil liberties teaching advocating for the dignity of each human being, pursuit of the common good, protection of the poor and the marginalized, and care for God’s creation.

 “Created to accelerate the professional into a practitioner the Rosemont MA-HLS integrates the disciplines of homeland security, criminal justice, and emergency management with a dynamic foundation of ethics and social justice principles to cultivate the next generation of HLS leaders.”

 -E. Jay Kolick, MS, MBA Director,

Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Programs 

Students can complete the 36-credit, accelerated graduate Homeland Security program in as little as one year as a full-time student (two accelerated courses per seven-week session) or two years as a part-time student (one accelerated course per seven-week session).

Delivered via distance learning, and in an accelerated format, the program provides students with the flexibility to complete their academic work while meeting their personal and professional obligations. Students are required to complete the following courses in order to earn the master’s degree in Homeland Security: 

  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Research and Writing for Global Security & Human Rights Protection
  • Comparative Government for HLS 
  • The Unconventional Threat to HLS
  • Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection
  • Research Colloquium
  • The Psychology of Terrorism 
  • Intelligence for Homeland Security
  • Human Rights and Social Justice in the Age of Terrorism
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches to HLS
  • Technology for Homeland Security
  • Homeland Security Capstone

• Completed online application for admission

• Official undergraduate transcript from an accredited four-year college or university. Note: An applicant’s undergraduate degree must be in a course of study relevant to Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Public Safety, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a closely related discipline with relevant work experience as determined to be appropriate by the Program Director.

• Two letters of recommendation from an academic or professional reference

• Resume & Written documents can be e-mailed to

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  • Rolling admissions basis
  •  Classes run in seven-week sessions• Fall, spring, and summer semester start dates

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