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  •  Professional Studies Building, Rm. 449
    201-200-2275
    Fax 201-200-2279
    See more information on our department website.

    Tsung Y. (Bill) Soo Hoo, Ph.D., Chairperson
    John W. Collins, Jr., CPP, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
    Michael Krantz, Ph.D., Graduate Assistant Professor

    Degree Programs Offered
    Master of Science in Professional Security Studies

    Graduate Certificate Offered
    National Security Agency Certificate for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO) - Standard 4014 (Entry) - Approved from 2008 through 2013


    MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES

    The Professional Security Studies Department was jointly designated by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence (effective for 2009-2014).

    In the post-9/11 era, current and future leaders from all aspects of public safety, including law enforcement, security, fire service, emergency management, business, and public health, need to understand the concepts, theories and methods applicable to contemporary risk, terror and vulnerability. Students are increasingly pursuing educational avenues allowing them to function effectively in the new terror environment, where they are able to develop the competencies crucial to collaborate and coordinate with various organizational levels and disciplines.

    In pursuit of the war on terror both at home and abroad, lack of long-term planning may be the most dangerous threat of all. New Jersey City University (NJCU) has demonstrated a long history of contemporary educational offerings. It is the only institution of higher education in the State of New Jersey offering a bachelor’s degree in Security, and did so long before the tragedy of 9/11. In considering the needs of current and future professionals in the field of Security, NJCU has initiated a strategy emphasizing prevention over response. It is time to create a common defense: a resilient generation of security professionals prepared to cope with a multitude of potential crises and scenarios. One vehicle of change is the development of rigorous, comprehensive academic programs incorporating intellectual debate, inclusion of diverse backgrounds, experience and views, and the development and demonstration of critical, practitioner-based competencies.

    The degree programs are designed for practicing security leaders, as well as for those students who seek careers in this field.  All course work is also offered at our satellite program in Wall, New Jersey through the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity.  Many courses are also offered online.

    Admission Requirements
    Admission to the master’s in Professional Security Studies program requires that the student:
    1. Has completed a bachelor’s degree and;
    2. Has met all the minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office, including recent graduate admissions test results. (Currently, the GRE, or MAT are accepted.)

    Program Requirements (36 credits)
    This program requires 36 credits and allows students to specialize in one of three distinct areas:

    National Security: Develop the ability to analyze the global complexities and implications of National Security policy, procedures, and operations with courses such as “Counterintelligence” and “Contemporary Counterterrorism.”
    Corporate Security: Develop the ability to analyze and synthesize organizational continuity, emergency response and risk management policy and procedures with courses such as “critical incident command and response.”

    Information Assurance/Cyber Security: Develop the ability to analyze and apply principles of information assurance/cyber security with courses such as “security and privacy of information and information systems,” and  “information security strategy and policy development.” 

    Culminating Experience
    Students must elect one of the following options:

    Thesis
    As practical fulfillment of a master’s degree, the student has the option of completing a thesis. This option requires 30 credits of course work, plus an additional 6 credits of thesis supervision and the production of a master’s thesis of publishable quality.

    Specialized Field Project
    As practical fulfillment of a master’s degree, the student has the option of completing a culminating project. This option requires 30 credits of course work, plus an additional 6 credits of project supervision. 

    Final Comprehensive Examination
    As practical fulfillment of a master’s degree, the student has the option of completing the comprehensive examination. This option requires 36 credits of course work.

    Required Core (15 credits)


    Code

    Title

    Credits

    SECU 600

    National Security

    3

    SECU 605

    Corporate Security

    3

    SECU 610

    Cyber Security

    3

    SECU 615

    Research Methods I

    3

    SECU 620

    Research Methods II (Prerequisite SECU 615)

    3


    Elective Courses (9 credits)
    Students must take nine credits of electives within one of the following specializations.

    National Security:

    SECU 625

    Counterintelligence

    3

    SECU 630

    Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups

    3

    SECU 635

    Contemporary Counterterrorism

    3

     

    Corporate Security:

    SECU 640

    Critical Incident Command and Response

    3

    SECU 645

    Corporate Threat Definition and Vulnerability Analysis

    3

    SECU 650

    Organizational Crisis Management (Pre-requisite: SECU 640)

    3

       

     

    Information Assurance/Cyber Security:

    SECU 655

    Topics in Computer Security

    3

    SECU 660

    Security and Privacy of Information & Information Systems

    3

    SECU 665

    Information Security Strategy and Policy Development

    3

    Other elective courses may be offered.


    Culminating Experience (12 credits)
    Students must elect one of the following options:

    Thesis (plus 6 additional elective Credits)

    SECU 670

    Thesis I

    3

    SECU 675

    Thesis II (Pre-requisite: SECU 670)

    3

    SECU

    Two graduate-level course with a related focus approved by the student’s faculty advisor

    6

     

    OR

     

    Specialized Field Project (plus 6 additional elective Credits)

    SECU 680

    Specialized Field Project

    6

    SECU

    Two graduate-level course with a related focus approved by the student’s faculty advisor

    6

     

    OR

     

    Final Comprehensive Exam (plus 12 additional elective Credits)

    SECU

    Four graduate-level course with a related focus approved by the student’s faculty advisor

    12


    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE/CYBER SECURITY*
    Students who do not wish to commit to complete a Master of Science program may opt for the National Security Agency Certificate for Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO) - Standard 4014 (Entry). The National Security Agency has granted the Department certification approval from 2008 through 2013. Certificates are awarded under the signatures of the Department Chairperson and the Dean, College of Professional Studies.

    This certificate is appropriate for an individual who is interested in entry-level certification based on the National Security Agency’s Standard 4014.

    Required Courses (12 credits)

    Code

    Title

    Credits

    SECU 610

    Cyber Security

    3

    SECU 655

    Topics in Computer Security

    3

    SECU 660

    Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems

    3

    SECU 665

    Information Security Strategy and Policy Development

    3


    *Courses completed for the certificate program may subsequently be applied to the equivalent requirements for the Master of Science in Professional Security Studies.