MS in Public Safety – Homeland Security Lead the Charge


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Public safety is an all-encompassing term that typically refers to multiple departments or levels of government. Understanding the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of public safety management and administration can be the key to a smooth process. If you would like to further your current career in public safety or shift to a new one, Liberty’s Master of Science (MS) in Public Safety – Homeland Security can help you gain the skills you need. Learn how to coordinate with multiple agencies at varying levels of government to ensure the safety of the public.

A public safety administration master’s degree can help you pursue a wide range of positions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies at all levels of government. If you’re passionate about protecting the public from harm, this degree can help you fill the need for qualified leaders in first response and public safety organizations. Liberty’s Helms School of Government saw the need for a degree that would synthesize best practices in public administration and governance to bolster the work of front-line first responders and public safety professionals – and our master’s degree in safety administration does just that.

Our country needs people who are dedicated to providing for the public’s safety and security. Whether you are interested in homeland security or hometown security, we want to partner with you as you seek to develop a cohesive and collaborative approach to public safety.

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  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As a public safety professional, you have an important job to do – so it’s important that you choose carefully when deciding where to get your public safety master’s. By choosing Liberty, you’re choosing a well-respected, globally recognized, accredited university. You’re also choosing flexible course scheduling and academic excellence that is grounded in Christian principles and values.

Liberty University’s mission of Training Champions for Christ is central to all we do. Every professor in your program is committed to teaching from a biblical perspective. We understand that while you pursue your degree, you’ll still have family, work, and community obligations. That’s why this public safety degree can be completed 100% online with 8-week courses and no set login times. You can stay committed to your mission of protecting your community and providing for your family while gaining important skills needed in the field.

Our homeland security master’s program offers a broad, up-to-date, multidisciplinary overview of homeland security as well as additional training on public safety leadership and administration. You can learn about leadership principles and practices applicable to the management and administration of public safety organizations. Specifically, you can learn how to function as a leader in your organization and in a collaborative, multijurisdictional, and incorporative public safety environment.

Your core courses will cover a variety of subjects such as crisis and first responder training skills and techniques and an introduction to disaster management. You’ll also learn about terrorism and the overarching goals of homeland security as it relates to emergency management and public safety. Additionally, you can learn about the structure of both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other public sector organizations.

You will also study how to mitigate hazards so you are not caught unaware or unprepared. You can learn how to determine best practices for risk assessment by studying hazard identification, vulnerability assessment, and impact analysis as an integrated process. Protecting your community from various hazards begins with learning how to mitigate danger and create redundant systems.

In addition, you can learn about the various legal issues that deal not only with homeland security but with all levels of public safety and government. Understanding the history, laws, and legal issues affecting safety and security can help you be better prepared as you work to protect your home and community.

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Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service 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)

*Not applicable to certificates.