The Master of Science in Cyber and Homeland Security Administration (MSCHSA) is a 36-credit graduate program that focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of enforcing and ensuring cyber and homeland security.  There is also a strong emphasis on leadership throughout the program.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide graduate level studies for the non-traditional student involved in security
  • Support success of the students in the educational process
  • Contribute to the preparation of world citizens through global education, and
  • Encourage the development of high-quality, applied research for the practitioners in the field of cyber and homeland security

Program highlights

  • Offered fully online, as well as in-person and blended options
  • State-of-the-art Cybersecurity Lab
  • 36-credit graduate program divided into 12 courses
  • Faculty with extensive industry experience.
  • Onsite classes offered at multiple New Jersey locations

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Official transcripts
  • Current professional resume
  • English proficiency test
  • GMAT and GRE scores are NOT required

Degree requirements

All students will be required to complete four (4) mandatory courses: Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues; Research and Policy Analysis; Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Awareness; and Strategic Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation with a thesis, as well as two (2) electives. The program focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of enforcing and ensuring homeland security and includes areas of specialization. Certain areas of specialization have additional course requirements.

Required courses 

[all courses available in online modality]

  • CHSA 7601 Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues
  • CHSA 7602 Research and Policy Analysis
  • CHSA 7603 WMD/Terrorism Awareness
  • CHSA 7604 Strategic Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Concentrations

Terrorism and Security Studies

[Select any six courses]

  • CHSA 6601 Terrorism Issues and Implications
  • CHSA 6602 Computer and Network Security
  • CHSA 6603 Cyber Forensics Issues and Impacts
  • CHSA 6604 Assessing Internal and External Threats
  • CHSA 6605 Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies
  • CHSA 6606 Historical Perspectives of Terrorism
  • CHSA 6607 Border Security: Policies, Actions, and Implications
  • CHSA 6608 Terrorism and Disaster Management
  • CHSA 6609 The Face of Terror
  • CHSA 6610 Bio-terrorism Preparedness and Response

Leadership 

[Select any six courses]

Graduate Certificates
  • This 18-credit, 6-course certificate focuses on terrorism and security studies. The Post-911 world has made many sectors of the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors involved in preventing and combating terrorism as they try to ensure a safe and secure nation. The knowledge provides both historical and current information to add to the knowledge of various threats posed by terrorist organizations, whether domestic or international, and to provide organizations to prepare for the risks associated with such activities.

    Choose any six courses:

    • CHSA 6601*  Terrorism Issues and Implications
    • CHSA 6602*  Computer and Network Security
    • CHSA 6603*  Cyber Forensics Issues and Impacts
    • CHSA 6604*  Assessing Internal and External Threats
    • CHSA 6605*  Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies
    • CHSA 6606*  Historical Perspectives of Terrorism
    • CHSA 6607*  Border Security: Policies, Actions, and Implications
    • CHSA 6608*  Terrorism and Disaster Management
    • CHSA 6609*  The Face of Terror
    • CHSA 6610*  Bio-terrorism Preparedness and Response
  • This 18-credit, 6-course certificate focuses on the critical area of leadership in homeland security. Leadership is essential for successfully carrying out programs or tasks. This certificate is designed to meet the personal and professional development goals of those individuals in the broad field of homeland security, such as first responders, law enforcement, emergency management, various security personnel, health and hospital worker, and the military.

    Choose any six courses:

    • CHSA 6619*  Collaborative leadership
    • CHSA 6620*  Organizational Leadership
    • CHSA 6621*  Human Resource Management
    • CHSA 6622*  Effective Team Building
    • CHSA 6623*  Implementing Organizational Change
    • CHSA 6624*  Effective Decision Making for Organizations
    • CHSA 6625   Organizational Communication
    • CHSA 6626*  Resolving Conflicts in Organizations
    • CHSA 6627*  Values and Ethics for Decision Making
Contact Information
Lorraine Neinstedt, Associate Director
201-692-7171
niensted@fdu.edu

Course Descriptions

  • CHSA6601 This course will investigate the concepts, ideologies, goals, strategies, tactics and methods used by terrorist groups in the current and historical perspectives. The terrorist motives and their actions will be studies in relation to historic and current national and international policies. Terrorist organizations will be studied based on their specific criteria to better undersand their influence on oter nations. Also included will be the concepts of the media and terrorism, law and terrorism, the military response to terrorism, counter-terrorism and anti-terrorism approaches, and governmental responses to terrorism as well as how the intelligence community categorizes and prioritizes resources to target groups and issues.

  • CHSA6602 This course will investigate advanced topics in computer security and forensics. Included will be topics such as cryptography, automatic intrusion detection, firewalls, vulnerability scanning, and advanced pattern matching as well as statistical techniques.

  • CHSA6603 This course will investigate cyberterrorism and cyber crime, and how this differs from computer security. Technological advancements that are on the cutting edge present opportunities for terrorists, and it is necessary to explore the current domestic and international policies relative to critical infrastructure protection and methods for addressing issues.

  • CHSA6604 This course will investigate the usefulness of threat assessment in various contexts, such as the workplace, infrastructure protection and public safety. Included in the course will be basic methods for examining vulnerabilities to attack, evaluating capacities of the potential attackers as well as their motivation, and the role of the intelligence community in these actions. The course will link strategic analysis with priority setting and accountability.

  • CHSA6605 This course will investigate a wide range of natural and manmade disasters, and develop appropriate plans for mitigating the problems. Natural disasters include a wide range of issues from outbreak of diseases, floods, earthquakes, fires, and tornados. Manmade disasters include emergencies such as chemical spills, nuclear incidents, terrorist threats, transportation accidents, and power outages.

  • CHSA6606 This course will examine the social basis of fear and terrorism, and the related consequences on society. Factors such as race/ethnicity, class, religion, politics, local and international policies, and gender will be studied into the historical context of terrorism. Case studies will include terrorist techniques that have been used in the past.

  • CHSA6607 Immigration policies and terrorism threats have increased the focus on national borders. This course will investigate issues relative to border security from economic to security to social and cultural integration or separation. The costs of attempting to maintain a secure border are discusssed as are the implications of border security on free trade agreements.

  • CHSA6608 This course will focus on planning and preparing for terrorist acts as well as the area of disasters. There will be a focus on the legal and ethical issues that surround planning for acts of terrorism or disasters, and a study of the National Response Plan and its implications. The need for and how to develop interagency collaborative agreements from civilian, military, and governmental entities will be explored.

  • CHSA6609 This course will examine various characteristics of terrorism from left-wing terrorism to nationalist terrorism to religious terrorism to group dynamics to secret societies, and cults and charismatic leadership. Also included are identification of underground terrorist cells, both domestic and foreign and state supported and non state supported, as well as methods for dealing with the separate groups.

  • CHSA6610 This course will investigate options to address the threat of a biological attack. Options for identifying a bio-attack and potential responses for addressing these issues will be included in the course. Case studies of actual incidents will be included in the course.

  • CHSA6619 This course will investigate the concept of leadership exhibited by a group that is acting collaboratively to resolve issues that all feel must be addressed. Since the collaborative process insures that all people that are affected by the decision are part of the process, the course will explore how power is shared in the process and how leadership is developed.

  • CHSA6620 This course will investigate examples of past and present leadership models. The moral framework for leadership and decision-making in organizations will provide the basis for exploring current organizational leadership models as well as assisting the students in assessing their own leadership roles.

  • CHSA6621 This course addresses the challenges of managing human capital in organizations focusing on homeland security. Current issues in recruiting, selecting, and moving individuals through the organization will be studied. In addition, teambuilding, problem solving, decision-making, and human resource planning skills will be explored as will be the leadership skills of mentoring, advising, counseling, and disciplining individuals in the organization.

  • CHSA6622 As organizations move to empowering employees to work in a team setting with a high degree of autonomy, it is necessary to develop high performance teams. This course investigates what makes teams effective. Various methodologies will be studied that have resulted in exceptional teams and team results.

  • CHSA6623 This course will explore the issues of resistance to change and obstacles to change in relationship to organizations. Theories relative to change will be studied in terms of the restructuring process, leadership roles, and the settings in which the work is done.

  • CHSA6624 This course explores the process for effective decision making using decision analysis theory, appropriate mathematical processes, evaluating inputs for applicability, and applicable quantitative and qualitative methods. The course will utilize "what if" challenges and will consider individual and organizational preferences as well as environmental certainty and uncertainty.

  • CHSA6625 An introduction to communication in organizations includes relevant theories, leadership, diversity, teamwork, and ethics. Included in the course are definitions of organizational culture, leadership, teamwork, diversity, ethics and informal and formal communication as well as how they influence and impact organizational communication. The course will also investigate organizational communication systems and their relevant theories as well as comparing and contrasting the major theories.

  • CHSA6626 This course will investigate the sources of conflict in organizations, the sources of such conflict, and various modalities for resolving such conflicts. Conflict in organizations can be manifested in various ways, such as interpersonal conflict, intra-group conflict, inter-group conflict, and inter-organizational conflict. Resolving conflict includes compromise, collaboration, negotiation, and addressing individual sources of conflict.

  • CHSA6627 Personal and organizational eithics and values guide decision making. There are times when two or more ethical principles are in conflict. This course will explore how to maximize the basic elements that form the context for ethical decision making.

  • CHSA7601 This required course provides an overview of Constitutional issues, statutes, and case law that govern Homeland Security professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Social, ethical, and political implications of actions intended to preserve the safety and security of the citizens are studied in relationship to the legal constraints placed on the systems. This course will utilize case studies.

  • CHSA7602 This required course is designed to develop critical thinking skills that students need for completion of their academic work as well as in their professional lives. The course will assist students in understanding the research process, develop a research question, assess relevant literature to support the research, select and use an appropriate research methodology, conduct the research and evaluate the results. The end result will be a well written research report.

  • CHSA7603 This required course will explore the use of weapons of mass destruction and the link to terrorist activities. Included in the course are: definitions of effects of nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological terrorism; use of improvised nuclear devices (INDs) and radiological dispersal devices (RDDs); Large Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs); the motivations, capabilities, techniques, and practices of terrorist groups to acquire and use WMD; and the use and attempted use of WMD against countries by internal and external groups.

  • CHSA7604 This required course will link strategic planning with strategic managment. This is the capstone course of the program and requires the completion of a thesis. Strategic planning links the vision, mission, and guiding principles with the internal and external environment in which the organization exists. The course will explore security formulation,the drivers of homeland security issues for the historical and emergency issues, and the results of such policies. Organizaitons need to understand how strategic plans are implemented and then reviewed and evaluated as part of a continuous improvement process. Taken as the last or next to last course after completion of at least 27 credits