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Homeland Security, M.P.S.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #93 (QS) , PA,
The intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS) degree program is designed to prepare professionals and develop leaders for the field of homeland security by providing exceptional graduate education that includes an integrated curriculum, expert faculty, and student interaction. 


The program is comprised of courses from several Penn State colleges and delivered via distance education through the Penn State World Campus to accommodate the needs and careers of professionals who are already active in homeland security and related fields of civil security, or those interested in transitioning into the field. The program provides select graduate students with an integrated, cross-disciplinary curriculum that is focused on a set of unified educational goals to help them understand and manage the complexities of homeland security in a global environment. Within the degree program and in addition to its common core curriculum, students choose the base program (general homeland security and emergency management) or one of six options that represent main elements, capabilities, and risk-informed priorities of the homeland security mission space:

  • agricultural biosecurity and food defense;
  • counterterrorism;
  • cyber threat analytics and prevention;
  • geospatial intelligence;
  • public health preparedness; and
  • information security and forensics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs
  • Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues
  • Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity Full-time
        • Full-time duration 24 months
      • Credits
        33 alternative credits
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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      • Minimum required score:


        The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      Academic Requirements

      • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

        The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

      General Requirements

      Admission requirements:
      • Completed online Graduate School application and payment of nonrefundable application fee
      • Statement of purpose
      • Vita or résumé
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        36974 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 36974 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
      • National

        21540 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 21540 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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      Living costs for University Park

      • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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