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Dean April Massey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Academic Affairs - Lena Walton, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students - James Maiden, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Development, Outreach, Partnerships and Communication - Ms. Kemmell Watson
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Staff Assistant - Mr. Terry D. Best

MS in Homeland Security


3/24/14 - Emanuel Maurice "Moe" Yeoman (HLSC M.S. May 2013), will receives an  award, on April 10, 2014, at the U.S. Department of Justice ceremony related to the Presidential Proclamation on National Crime Victims' Rights Week.   A letter received from the U. S. Department of Justice, dated March 19, 2014, stated in part: "Every year, the President of the United States sets aside one week to honor victims of crime, entitled National Crime Victims' Rights Week. ... Our office commemorates National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a ceremony where we honor those who have shown particular courage and persistence while participating in the criminal justice process. ... Your award will be presented during our Annual Crime Victims' Rights Week Ceremony. ... Congratulations on your award! We hope that it conveys a small measure of our respect and esteem for your courage and perseverance in seeking justice."

10/22/13 - A graduate of the M.S. in Homeland Security Man Ching Lam (M.S., 2013) has published "The Necessity of a Regular NATO Paramilitary Force and How it Should Look"  The GLOCAL.  September 2013.

10/22/13 - Adjunct Professor, Ambassador Curtis Ward has published an article in Defence iQ, entitled "What's the United States' grand plan for Nigeria?".  October 2013.

4/13/13 - Cybersecurity and US Efforts to address Cybercrime has been published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Vol 10:Issue 1) authored  by Dr. Angelyn Flowers (Homeland Security Program), Dr. Sherali Zeadally (Computer Science Department) and Acklyn Murray (Computer Science Department).

3/29/2013 - Ambassador Curtis Ward, Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Homeland Security has just had an article published on "U.S. Policy on Boko Haram a Nigerian Islamic Group" in Defence (sic) Intelligence:  Air, Land and Sea Defence. Read more »

3/29/2013 - The Order of the Sword and Shield, the National Honor Society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Protective Services, has just awarded a Charter to the Graduate Program in Homeland Security for the University of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield.

3/25/2013 - The Institute for Public Safety & Justice at the University of the District of Columbia is currently accepting applications for its Department of Homeland Security Funded Summer Student Research Program.  This six week program runs from June 5th - July 16th.  Students receive a stipend of $2,400 and 20 hours a week of homeland security science and technology related research experience.   Applications should be submitted by April 15th.  Further information, program qualifications and application instructions can be found at

Program Information

The MS in Homeland Security requires 36 credit hours for completion and includes three curricular components:

  • a degree core required of all students matriculating in the homeland security program;
  • a concentration consisting of elective courses either in the department or in another STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline with permission of the host department;
  • Thesis or public policy paper representing a capstone experience.

The common thread running through each component is a strong research interest. As a multidisciplinary degree program, students are accepted from any undergraduate major.

For further information, see our Career Pathways and Prospects, Student Organizations and Activities and Faculty MS in Homeland Security web page. For inquiries, please email or call Dr. Angelyn S. Flowers at 202.274.5689.

Dr. Angelyn S. Flowers
Homeland Security Graduate Program Director

Requirements for Graduation

Homeland Security3
Individual Rights and Liberties3
Intelligence & Security3
Ethics & Leadership3
Research Techniques3
Statistics for Homeland Security3
Concentration or Elective Courses12
Thesis or Public Policy Paper3


Emergency Management3
Weapons of Mass Destruction3
Urban Spatial Analysis3
Chemical Weapons2
Biological Weapons2
Nuclear, Radiological, & Explosive Weapons2
Internshipvariable credit
Directed Studyvariable credit
Special Topics3
Cyber Security3

Concentrations are developed in conjunction between the student and the advisor.

Examples of concentrations include:

Emergency Management
Cyber Security