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 non-traditional students involved in security
  • Support the 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
  • A personal statement
  • Current professional resume
  • English proficiency test for international students
  • 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 eight (8) 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


Students are required to take eight (8) electives.  Students may specialize in one of two concentration areas by taking six of the eight electives in one concentration.  Concentrations are not required, and any eight electives may be taken.


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


[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 Nienstedt, Associate Director