Notre Dame College

Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies

(Online Courses Available)

The demand for skilled homeland security professionals has increased substantially across the spectrum, from professionals with entry-level specialization to those with more sophisticated levels of competence and readiness in the areas of intelligence analysis, emergency management and homeland security.

Notre Dame College’s Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies strives to meet this regional and national need for well trained specialists by providing graduate education in a hybrid model with most classes delivered online.

This unique program helps professionals active in the public and private sectors transition from tactical operators to strategic analysts, planners, decision-makers or leaders.

The graduate degree is enhanced by an interdisciplinary perspective that will integrate knowledge from a variety of fields including criminal justice, public administration, political science, law, intelligence, environmental health and safety, nursing, and leadership.

Applied Curriculum:

The online courses in the security policy studies master’s program focus on an “all hazards” approach that mirrors the mission of the Department of Homeland Security. Students are given a framework for preparation, resiliency and response to various disasters including terrorist attacks, floods, or pandemic outbreaks.

Students have unique opportunities to test assumptions and skills through various case-studies and virtual tasks. They can also apply their knowledge and collaborate with faculty and classmates during the required three intensive weekends on campus.

The mid-program on-site Analytical Crisis Exercise (on campus) culminates in a unique two-part capstone exercise that presents teams of students with an authentic security problem provided by a private or public client organization.

This security consulting experience allows our graduate students to apply their skills by identifying relevant issues, analyzing alternatives, and making recommendations in a real-world setting.

Courses include:

  • SPS 500: Leadership, Ethics and Decision-Making

  • SPS 510: Security Policy Research Methods

  • SPS 511: Issues in Homeland Security

  • SPS 520: Terrorism & Counterterrorism

  • SPS 530: Critical Infrastructure: Threat Analysis & Resiliency

  • SPS 531: Strategic Intelligence & Warning

  • SPS 540: Geopolitics

  • SPS 550: Analytical Crisis Exercise Program

  • SPS 610: Transnational Threats

  • SPS 620: Biodefense & Disease Surveillance

  • SPS 630: Science, Technology and Security

  • SPS 640: Capstone I

  • SPS 641: Capstone II

For more information about our MA in Security Policies graduate degree, please send us a Request for Information. It’s fast and FREE.

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