Homeland Security: The UDC Edge

Our location in Washington, DC, gives you exclusive opportunities to learn from the thinkers and policy-makers shaping our nation’s homeland security strategies. You will learn from active practitioners who provide unique, real-time insight into the field of homeland security and serve as mentors to students seeking employment.

On the UDC campus, the Homeland Security curriculum emphasizes the use of computer-based models to analyze issues in the realm of homeland security, grounding your studies in contemporary methods and strategies. Our focus on research develops your skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and prepares you in both analytics and operational work.

Homeland Security: Master of Science Degree

Homeland security is a swiftly evolving field, with constantly emerging areas of concern and new technologies. It is also uniquely compelling, given its critical role for our national security. Perhaps you are a professional in the field seeking new skills and advancement, or a recent college graduate determined to be a part of something larger than yourself by protecting and securing our nation. Whatever your situation, the graduate program in Homeland Security at the University of the District of Columbia has a place for you.

Our program examines the effort by governments to protect their territory and interests from hazards and disasters, whether internal or external, natural and human made. Aligned with the University’s land-grant mission of service to the community, the Homeland Security program focuses on community preparedness, response and recovery from catastrophic events.

Organizationally, the graduate program in Homeland Security is housed within the Crime, Justice & Security Studies program.

Homeland Security: Vision, Mission, Goals & Student Learning Objectives


To become a strong and integral part of the University’s overall enduring institutional infrastructure in the homeland security STEM area; supporting homeland security science and technology research, education, and awareness.


To impact the operation of the homeland security endeavor both nationally and internationally through research, education, and training primarily by producing graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve in one of the myriad components of this field, or to enter doctoral programs.


  • Maintain an academic program organizational structure that includes:
  • Clearly defined outcome objectives
  • Courses with content that is clearly connected to the outcome objectives
  • Experiential case study curricular activities that are practice oriented and consistent with best practices literature and
  • Technology and writing infused through the curriculum
  • Core and elective course offerings that are continuously updated reflecting the ever evolving nature of the field

Offer course concentrations that allow students to pursue additional study around specialized areas, examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Emergency Management
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Terrorism and Counterrorism
  • Global Institutions & Security
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Support a research agenda addressing key issues and problems in the field; all students will complete a Thesis, Public Policy Project or other comprehensive research-based project
  • Attract full-time faculty who are research oriented, and adjuncts who bring professional perspective and experience to the classroom
  • Graduate students with a contribution to make either while professionally employed in the field, or in a PhD program.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of requirements in the Homeland Security program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the diverse branches of homeland security and their applicable governing laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and issues;
  • Identify and analyze the ethical consequences of action (or inaction) in a particular situation arising in the homeland security area;
  • Evaluate the tension between national security concerns and the constraints imposed by constitutionally based individual rights and liberties; and
  • Utilize quantitative, qualitative, or computational research methodologies to plan and carry out a comprehensive original capstone-type research project in their selected homeland security area.


Curriculum and Requirements

Program of Study

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.

In consultation with faculty, students are able to create a specialized academic concentration within the Homeland Security Graduate Program that suits their needs and interests. Examples of selected concentrations include:

  • Emergency Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Peacekeeping and security
  • Epidemiology
  • Intelligence

The program, typically, requires 18 months to a two (2) year period to complete as a full-time student. However, the degree can be pursued on a part-time basis. A positive feature of the Homeland Security program is evening classes that are convenient for students who are working full-time while pursuing a degree.

Student Organizations and Activities

The  Homeland Security Program is a member of the Omicron Sigma Sigma, Homeland Security National Honor Society , and students are invited to join.

Co-curricular opportunities include forums, symposiums, conferences and internships that take advantage of the central location of the Homeland Security program  in the nation’s capital. Events and other program information are frequently posted to the program blog.

Students observe and participate directly in government activities, such as State Department security briefings. They also work with faculty on both funded and unfunded research projects addressing a range of homeland security areas directly for government agency clients.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Homeland Security Program

Angelyn Flowers, J.D., Ph.D.Program Director, is a computational social scientist. Her recent publications on cybersecurity have appeared in IEEE journals, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and in book chpaters as diverse as privacy and digital devices, to homeland security and emergency management.  She has previously served on the Academic Advisory Board for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company’s Contemporary Learning Series and as the project director for the National Legal Preparedness Training Program. She is admitted to practice law before several Courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.  Research interests include cybersecurity, multi-agent modeling, complex systems analysis, and critical infrastructure protection.

Adjunct Faculty

Andrea Adams, PhD, JD, MBA is an emerging “ethicist” with over 25 years business/legal experience with 10 of those years in senior management roles, and several years as a practicing attorney in the labor and employment arena.  In her current Executive Coaching practice, she focuses on leadership integrity and values.  She works closely with other major coaching firms, and has membership in several prominent coaching associations.

Otto Hetzel, Esq., is co-editor of the second edition of Homeland Security & Emergency Management:  A Legal Guide for State and Local Governments, the second edition of which was published in 2010. He serves as vice-chair of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA), state and local government section, and he was on the ABA Hurricane Katrina Task Force Legal Subcommittee and helped draft its highly regarded report on Katrina.

John Vocino is currently a Senior Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the Homeland Security and Justice division, as an expert on emergency management issues. In addition, he served a congressional detail to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, supporting the Committee’s oversight of issues such as Superstorm Sandy and disaster management in the National Capital Region.  Prior to joining the GAO, he served as a county planner and project administrator for St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, where he was St. Bernard’s first emergency management planner and helped develop the first hurricane evacuation plans for the 10 parishes that make up southeastern Louisiana.

Ambassador Curtis WardEsq., former ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations, is an expert in national and international security law and policy; counter-terrorism legal and operational capacity assessments and solutions; international sanctions; rule of law and governance and geopolitical strategy analyses. As ambassador, he served for two years on the UN Security Council.

Career Pathways and Prospects

A master’s degree in Homeland Security at UDC prepares you for employment or advancement at government agencies such as FEMA, FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some in-demand job opportunities that you may pursue include:

  • Emergency Management
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Counter-terrorism Research
  • Human Rights Research and Advocacy
  • Disaster Relief
  • International Peacekeeping

You may also find a career in the private sector, including the burgeoning field of continuity of operations and planning for businesses, or with non-academic research bodies, and international non-governmental organizations. You may also pursue a Ph.D. in a related field such as international affairs or global studies.

Contact info:

Dr. Angelyn Flowers, Program Director

E: MSHS@udc.edu  | T: 202.274. 5494