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Homeland Security Master of Professional Studies


From the rise in extremism to the alarming frequency of devastating natural disasters, strong leadership is required to not only be attuned to these threats, but also to proactively address all of them.

The master’s degree in Homeland Security provides a comprehensive, full field view of both current and emerging threats, as well as a cutting-edge graduate curriculum in homeland security studies that examines relevant national and information security policy and practices in the public and private sectors. Designed to prepare working professionals with experience in fields including law enforcement, emergency management, corporate security, public safety, public health preparedness and the military for future leadership positions, the program is taught by acknowledged experts who draw upon their firsthand practical knowledge and strategic expertise. Ultimately, with a master’s degree in homeland security from GW, you will gain an enhanced understanding of security policies and best practices to maintain preparedness and meet homeland security threats head-on. 

You can earn your MPS in Homeland Security in just 36 credits, which can be completed in 16 months. This degree is designed for working professionals in the homeland security field (including military and first-responders) who want to develop leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of current as well as emerging homeland security issues.

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""Program at a Glance

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This is pioneering education on counter-terrorism, intelligence analysis, emerging security threats and relevant legislation.

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Professors are acknowledged leaders in the field who bring first-hand experience to class.

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Our program is a 36-credit master’s degree program that can be completed in as little as 16 months.

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""Where You'll Study

Where you'll study: Online or One night per week & One Saturday per month at the Education Center in Arlington, VA
Online or one night per week & one weekend per month at the Graduate Education Center in Arlington, VA

You can study fully online or in-person. The in-person program classes are conveniently held one night per week in our Education Center in Arlington, VA, plus one Saturday per month. The program combines classroom-based and online instruction that lets students fit a full course load into their busy schedules.

""What You'll Study 

You can earn your MPS in Homeland Security in just 36 credits, which can be completed in 16 months. This degree is designed for working professionals in the homeland security field (including military) who want to develop leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of current as well as emerging homeland security issues.


Semester One

  • PSHS 6240 Political Violence and Terrorism (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6241 Globalization of Threats and International Security (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6260 Methods of Analysis in Security (3 credits)


Semester Two

  • PSHS 6243 Intelligence and Strategic Analysis (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6244 Information Systems Protection (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6242 Security and Civil Liberties (3 credits)

Semester Three

  • PSHS 6250 Strategic Planning and Budgeting (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6251 Inter-Agency Cooperation (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6252 Emergency Management and Crisis Communication (3 credits)


Semester Four

  • PSHS 6253 Managing the Politics of Leadership (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6254 Strategic Change Leadership (3 credits)
  • PSHS 6270 Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • Students are admitted for a Fall cohort.
  • Students must enroll in the Master of Professional Studies program and will attend classes one night per week plus one Saturday per month. With this schedule, students will complete three courses each term.
  • Weeknight classes will meet from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Saturday classes will meet from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with a break for lunch.
  • All courses are three credit hours.
  • The program combines classroom-based and online instruction delivered via Blackboard, GW’s web-based educational platform.



  • Students are admitted to the Online program for fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • The online curriculum has the same curriculum requirements as the in-person program.
  • 100% online – providing convenience and flexibility.



""Who You'll Study With

The Homeland Security program is taught by acknowledged experts in the fields of Homeland and International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Analysis, Emergency Management and Interagency Cooperation. The faculty have been rated 100% Very Good or Excellent according to the cumulative results of the GW Graduate Student Graduation Survey from 2009 to 2018.



Admissions Information

To be considered for the Homeland Security MPS program you must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on the 4.0 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a minimum of two years of professional experience, including, but not limited to, Public safety, homeland security, federal/state/local law enforcement, related government contractors, information technology, critical infrastructure, or the financial sector, or a bachelor's degree in a related field.

Application Process


Our tuition and fees vary by program and location, generally increasing annually. This is an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete  your coursework.

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Rates Effective Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Terms  

Curriculum: 12 courses (typically completed in 16 months) 36 credits
  • 36 credits @ $1,145/credit hour  
  • Registration Fees: 4 registration sessions @ $35 each        
Total (In-Person or Online) $41,360

Other Costs to Consider:           

Application fee $80
Textbooks:        $500 (approx.)
Matriculation fee (one time) $200

Residency Accommodations

Students are responsible for the cost of their travel, meals, and accommodations (if applicable).

GW's Military & Veteran Services provides wide-ranging resources and support to the military community, including GW scholarships and assistance with benefits:

Since Military and Veterans Services was created in 2008, GW has been an annual recipient of the Military Friendly Award and is also annually recognized as a Military Times “Best for Vets” higher education institution.

  • Only the off-campus program is eligible for F-1 and J-1 visas for international students.
  • International applicants must have completed applications at least two months before the listed admissions deadlines.
  • Accepted international students must submit their visa applications by July 1st (fall) or November 1st (spring)

International Student Admissions


Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details. Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.  


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In-person and online program

  • Fall Priority Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline: July 1


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Online program only

  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 15*
  • Spring Final Deadline: November 30


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Online program only

  • Summer Priority Deadline: N/A*
  • Summer Final Deadline: April 1



"Enrolling in the program was one of the best decisions, both professionally and personally, that I have ever made. The faculty cannot be matched. Not only were they exceptionally qualified, but they legitimately cared about my successes. Their passion does not stop once you leave their classroom. The faculty will go out of their way to make sure you achieve your goals outside of this program. They aren’t just concerned with you doing well in their courses, they have a genuine interest in your career and future."

Matthew Kenyon
Class of 2017



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We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Homeland Security Master of Professional Studies. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.