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Courses

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

48 course quarter credits.

PSL5002
Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners (4 quarter credits)
HLS5004
Threats to the Homeland (4 quarter credits)
HLS5008
National Security and Intelligence (4 quarter credits)
HLS5010
Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security (4 quarter credits)
HLS5012
Border Security (4 quarter credits)
HLS5108
Preparedness, Mitigation, and Emergency Management (4 quarter credits)
HLS6104
Comparative and International Security (4 quarter credits)
HLS6112
Communication and Media in Homeland Security (4 quarter credits)
HLS6116
Psychology of Homeland Security (4 quarter credits)
PSF5334
Public Safety Ethnic and Cultural Awareness (4 quarter credits)
PSF5604
Public Safety Leadership (4 quarter credits)
HLS5991*
Homeland Security Integrative Project (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Forensics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Management and Collaborative Governance
  • Public Safety Leadership
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership