Information Technology Master's Degree with Homeland Security Management Specialization

Combine advanced IT skills with leading-edge tactics in a homeland security management specialization that prepares you to protect critical infrastructure.

The graduate specialization in homeland security management can prepare you to take a leadership role in protecting against natural and human-made threats to national security. Gain practical, management-level experience in performing security risk assessments, planning for and managing operational recovery, and developing strategies to protect people, facilities, and information-dependent critical infrastructure.

Perfect for midcareer professionals, the homeland security management specialization features courses in finance for technology managers, cybersecurity, emergency management, criminal justice, and bioterrorism, as well as courses that strengthen your core knowledge of IT systems and project management.

About the Homeland Security Management Specialization

The curriculum in the homeland security management specialization can help you build practical skills to make you an indispensable member of any team. You’ll use real data from real crises in your assignments and projects and practice making executive-level decisions, so your coursework is always preparing you for the real world of homeland security management.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Tackle the five mission areas in homeland security as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Perform risk assessments
  • Spot ethical and legal issues and navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment related to computer systems, applications, and networks
  • Protect telecommunications and information technology networks
  • Analyze infrastructure protection, jurisdiction, and issues in technical areas such as interconnectivity and interoperability
  • Plan and prepare for disaster response and recovery
  • Apply knowledge about energy pipeline security, electrical grid security, cyber dependence, and SCADA systems, as well as risk methodologies applied to the energy industry
  • Use high-tech management styles, including project planning, organizational structure, team building, and control mechanisms
  • Manage each phase of the IT project life cycle, working within organizational and cost constraints, setting goals linked directly to stakeholder needs, and using proven management tools

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Use one of the Department of Homeland Security’s daily summaries of current critical infrastructure issues to write a post highlighting the more significant items for a “What Keeps DHS Officials Awake at Night” discussion
  • Write a job description for a chief risk officer that includes the resilience, response, and recovery skills required for the job
  • Analyze one of the critical infrastructures designated by DHS and make recommendations on ways to protect and ensure the continued availability of services from this infrastructure

Homeland Security Management Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to take a leadership role in protecting against natural and man-made threats to national security.

Preparation Recommended for Success

Recommendations

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Academic Relationship

If you graduated from UMUC within the last two years with a major or minor in homeland security, you may be able to transfer credits to the graduate specialization in homeland security within either the MS in Information Technology or the MS in Management. Contact an academic advisor for details on eligibility.

Professor Stephen Redmon discusses how UMUC prepares you to be a leader in homeland security.