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Homeland Security

Northeastern University

12 months
35300 USD/year
35300 USD/year
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Northeastern University’s Master of Arts in Homeland Security provides students with the skills necessary for the next generation of homeland security leaders in both the public and private sectors.


The Master in Arts in Homeland Security at Northeastern University is designed for students who seek leadership roles in the ever-changing, challenging homeland security field. Our program helps students understand the importance of seeking solutions through a whole-of-government approach and partnerships with the private sector.  

From global pandemics, to wildfires in California, hurricanes along the East Coast, and bombings at public events, it’s clear that America faces a number of threats to our national security each and every day. These threats and others require dedicated homeland security professionals to ensure we are all safe. 

Our Master of Arts in Homeland Security focuses on providing the leadership skills, emergency planning and management tools, and verbal and written communication expertise to prepare our students to meet the challenges of an uncertain world. With critical and reflective thinking at the forefront of the curriculum, graduates are prepared to make timely, well-reasoned judgments to protect our way of life.

Whether you are considering a career in the homeland security field—or are looking to advance within your current role—a Northeastern University master’s degree in homeland security will help you to achieve your goals.

Career Outlook

Opportunities for employment in security positions are diverse, spanning both government and private industry. They include:

  • Emergency management (at the federal, state, and local levels)
  • Industries such as banking, energy, manufacturing, and transportation/shipping
  • Ports (maritime and aviation)

Past graduates of the program have gone on to work for:

  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • FBI
  • The U.S. Department of State
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Services
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
  • Raytheon 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Crisis Communication 
  • Homeland Security
  • Contemporary Threats to Homeland Security
  • Technology for Homeland Security
  • Intelligence for Homeland Security
  • Critical Infrastructure and Protection
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security
  • Topics in Homeland Security
  • Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International in-country application complete: December 13 / March 14 / June 13 / August 23


32 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
  • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35300 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    35300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35300 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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