12 months
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
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Learn from one of the first and most comprehensive Homeland Security programs. Students may complete the base program at Pennsylvania State University or choose from a diverse range of specialization options — all designed to develop highly-trained future leaders in roles that include national security.


The discipline of homeland security follows an all-hazards approach and crosses both the public and the private sector. While the federal government's Department of Homeland Security and federal agencies may be among the largest employers of homeland security professionals, the need for qualified professionals is expanding at state and local levels, as well as internationally. In addition, public-private partnership has made homeland security an important focus for private sector employers in fields such as technology, finance, insurance, public health, and more.

The World Campus intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security at Pennsylvania State University, a 33-credit program delivered exclusively online, complements these diverse specialties, with a homeland security education portfolio that can suit the needs of many individuals working in this field and foster national and international careers. The Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs serves as the academic home for the Homeland Security degree.


Graduates of this program can expect to follow a number of career paths depending on the specialization they choose. Career opportunities for those interested in pursuing the homeland security program include upper-level positions in various government agencies, particularly in civil security including emergency and crisis management, business continuity, infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, law enforcement, and physical security.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs
  • Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues
  • Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency
  • Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security
  • Engineering Across Cultures and Nations
  • Disaster Communication
  • Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores — Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required. 
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application. 
  • Statement of Purpose — A statement of no more than 500 words explaining to the admissions committee how your professional experience and goals relate to the program to which you are applying. Your statement could include aspects such as the following: Your reasons for pursuing the degree; why you feel you are a good candidate for the program; and any information you would like the admissions committee to know about you personally and/or professionally.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


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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