Master’s in Safety, Security & Emergency ManagementHOMELAND SECURITYConcentration

Earning a homeland security master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University can help you build the foundational knowledge and skills important in helping to keep our country safe. Whether you aspire to a position in one of the many local, state and federal agencies tackling security threats or in the private sector, our distinguished faculty of safety professionals can prepare you for assertive and effective leadership.

Graduate in as few as 2 years.
Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.
Nationally and internationally recognized faculty.
Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

You can receive credit for up to 6 hours upon completion of 240 hours of OTI training and two topical seminar courses. Learn more about other training that can help you earn master's credit.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top colleges and universities.
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Ranked 7th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.
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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.

What you can learn

Throughout the core of the concentration you’ll have the opportunity to examine the roles and responsibilities of leadership in fire, safety and security. Take an in-depth look at the Department of Homeland Security and analyze the legislation and policy associated with it, such as the Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. Examine how politics and organizational factors play into various roles within a homeland security team, and sharpen your ability to detect critical threats and hazards.

You can also boost your credentials with an incorporated graduate level certificate in one of EKU’s five concentration areas while pursing your master’s degree. Additional certificates can be stacked onto your Master degree with minimal extension of your program.

EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Topics of study include:
  • National Response Plan
  • Threat Appraisal
  • Policy Analysis
  • Infrastructure Protection and Systems
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Agency Operations
  • Terrorism
  • Threats and Hazards
  • Domestic Security
  • Agency Operations
"The EKU Masters in Safety program was a hassle-free opportunity to gain job security and a beneficial education in an environment where I grew as a professional and individual."Tina McAllister, Masters in Safety graduate


Homeland security

Concentration Courses

HLS 800 Foundations of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Organization, missions and critical issues in U.S. homeland security and emergency management. Focuses on developing professional skills in critical thinking, policy analysis and ethics
HLS 810 Critical Infrastructure Protection
This course poses the question, “What should be protected, and how?” Study how various critical infrastructures have evolved historically and the quantitative approaches commonly used to evaluate them. Learn how to apply quantitative vulnerability analysis to a variety of infrastructure sectors and how best to allocate limited funding to minimize risk.
HLS 820 Intelligence for Homeland Security
Address policy, organizational and substantive issues regarding homeland intelligence support. Discover how the intelligence community operates and how security issues affect policy, oversight, intelligence support to defense and national decision-making.
HLS 830 Hazards & Threats to Homeland Security
Analyze significant hazards to national security, domestic security and community safety such as disasters, catastrophes, epidemics, accidents, technological failures and terrorism. Focus on the various threats that constitute the “all hazards” approach to homeland security.