Homeland Security Master's Degree Program


What Sets GW's Homeland Security Master of Professional Studies Program Apart?


GW’s Homeland Security Master’s Degree program combines highly technical, cutting-edge curriculum in a hybrid virtual and in-person environment with experts who draw upon their knowledge and strategic expertise in law enforcement, emergency management, the military, corporate security, and public safety. Students learn best practices to maintain preparedness, to safeguard our homeland.



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Advance Your Career

GW’s 36-credit Homeland Security Master’s degree program can be completed in just 16 months. It provides a comprehensive view of emerging threats and examines security practices in the public and private sectors. Designed for working professionals who want to advance their career, you will develop leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of homeland security issues.

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Personalized Career Guidance

GW’s Career Services Office provides one-on-one coaching, career planning, networking, and resources to help students and graduates explore career opportunities, develop job search strategies, and sustain lifelong career success.

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Convenient & Flexible Learning

Master’s degree students have the option of studying online, in person, or a combination of both, making the program both flexible and convenient for working professionals. In-person classes are held one evening per week and one Saturday per month at GW’s Education Center in Arlington, Virginia.


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"Enrolling in the program was one of the best decisions, both professionally and personally, that I have ever made. The faculty cannot be matched. Not only were they exceptionally qualified, but they legitimately cared about my successes. Their passion does not stop once you leave their classroom. The faculty will go out of their way to make sure you achieve your goals outside of this program. They aren’t just concerned with you doing well in their courses, they have a genuine interest in your career and future."

Matthew Kenyon
Class of 2017






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Growing Career Field

Federal agencies, law enforcement, and the military are seeking knowledgeable professionals to protect us from adversaries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of 800,000+ homeland security jobs by 2022.

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Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Designed with key government, military, homeland security, and law enforcement organizations in mind, the curriculum examines counterterrorism, intelligence, security threats, and relevant legislation across multiple domains.


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Expert Faculty

As the center of homeland security, legislation, and intelligence, Washington, D.C. provides the ideal location for the program. You will learn from faculty experts and homeland security leaders who bring their real-world experiences to the classroom.

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Recognized for Quality

GW’s Master’s in Homeland Security program was recognized as the #1 “Best Online Master’s in Homeland Security Program” by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, and OnlineMasters.com ranked the Master’s in Homeland Security Program the “Best for Strategic Analysts.”




Employment Opportunities with Industry Leaders

Here are some of the field’s top organizations where Homeland Security graduates are advancing their exciting careers:


  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • U.S. Secret Service 
  • Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department


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Take the next step towards earning your Master of Professional Studies Degree in Homeland Security from GW. Learn about how the program may be right for you—as well as about the curriculum, tuition, deadlines, and more—by completing the short form below.