Defend the Nation from Crises Large and Small with Liberty’s MS in Homeland Security and Disaster Management
Are you interested in a fast-paced career where you can help to mitigate and guard against hazards or emergencies that threaten our country? Become a highly skilled homeland security or disaster management leader with Liberty’s Master of Science in Homeland Security and Disaster Management degree. Learn how to protect people and property from natural or man-made threats to public safety and security.
A master’s in homeland security degree can help you qualify for a wide range of positions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies that aim to protect the United States. Earning this degree could help prepare you for a position as a homeland security director, emergency management director, security management consultant, or public safety training officer. You might also pursue a career as an investigator or secret service member, or you could secure a position working with disaster relief efforts when American citizens face hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, or other natural disasters.
Our country needs someone like you who is committed to a life of service protecting its welfare and its people. When you pursue your degree through Liberty, you can receive training to help you excel in many homeland security positions.
Why Choose Liberty’s Emergency Management Master’s Degree?
Choosing where you’ll pursue your master’s degree is an important decision. By choosing Liberty, you’re choosing a well-respected, globally recognized, accredited university. You’re also choosing flexible course scheduling and academics grounded in Christian principles and values.
What is emergency management?
Emergency management — or “disaster management” as it is sometimes called — is a process that involves creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Helping communities prepare for disasters is only part of the mission. Stopping the disaster before it occurs and taking measures to lessen the severity of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters are all part of this process.
Our emergency management degree is intended for both current and aspiring managers and administrators in homeland security, emergency response teams, or emergency management organizations. We believe this degree will be attractive to you whether you are looking to enhance your knowledge or advance in your career.
Liberty University’s mission of Training Champions for Christ is central to all we do. Every professor is committed to teaching from a biblical perspective. We understand that while you pursue your degree, you’ll still have family, work, and extracurricular responsibilities. This degree can be completed 100% online with 8-week courses and no set login times. You can stay committed to both your family and your career success at the same time.
What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in Homeland Security Degree?
Our master’s degree in homeland security offers a broad, up-to-date, multidisciplinary overview of homeland security. You can learn about issues relating to public policy, public administration, law, criminal justice, and the social impacts of terrorism and homeland security.
Through this disaster response degree, you will also study national security strategies, homeland security directives, and theoretical and practical applications of disaster management activities, including human behavior in emergency situations. When we think of disasters, we often think of natural occurrences such as earthquakes and floods — but you will also learn about terrorism and the overarching goals of homeland security as it relates to emergency management.
Of course, learning how to mitigate a hazard is better than being caught unaware and unprepared. Therefore, you can learn how to determine best practices for risk assessment by studying hazard identification, vulnerability assessment, and impact analysis as an integrated process. Learning how to mitigate danger and create redundant systems is an important part of protecting your community from various hazards.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete an optional thesis project that will allow you to make an academic contribution to the body of knowledge in homeland security and disaster management.
- HLSC 500 – Foundations of Homeland Security
- HLSC 510 – Homeland Security Organization and Administration
- HLSC 610 – Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security
- HLSC 620 – Hazard Mitigation
Highlights of Our Master’s in Emergency Management Online Degree
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online master’s in homeland security degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
- Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can rest assured that your degree program has met rigorous accreditation standards.
- Use your thesis to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of emergency management, prepare for future doctoral studies, and increase your marketability among Homeland Security organizations.
Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Information
- This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View this online program’s Graduate Government Course Guides (login required).
Military Benefits for Our Online Emergency Management Degree Program
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
Potential Career Opportunities for Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Graduates
- Emergency management director
- First responder/crisis response officer
- Homeland security director
- Law enforcement officer
- Public safety compliance officer
- Public safety training officer
- Security director
- Security management consultant
Admission Requirements for the MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Degree
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.