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  • Master of Science in National Security Studies

    The events of 9/11 changed the way Americans look at all aspects of public safety. The need for resilient security professionals who are prepared to deal with every facet of national, homeland, corporate, and information assurance/cyber security has never been greater. Students earning a Master of Science in National Security Studies are prepared to take leadership roles in these diverse areas of security. Master degree holders have the ability to pursue terminal degrees in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy and other fields.

    Specialization areas:

    National Security: Develop the ability to analyze the global complexities and implications of National Security policy, procedures, and operations.

    Corporate Security: Develop your ability to analyze and synthesize organizational continuity, emergency response and risk management policy and procedures.

    Information Assurance/Cyber Security: Develop the ability to analyze and apply principles of information assurance/cyber security.

    Students who complete this concentration and SECU 610 (included in the core coursework) will be certified as Information Systems Security Officers, Standard 4014 (Entry level) under the authority of the National Security Agency.

    Admission Requirements  

    • The completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher educataion
    • The minimum GPA of 2.75 or above
    • Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts; recommendation letters; essay; resume; and GMAT test results. An interview may be requested.

    Additional requirements for international students include: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test result, and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of international transcripts.

    To apply for graduate study go to the Graduate Application web page.
    For more information about the GMAT exam go to GMAT.
    For more information about the TOEFL exam go to TOEFL.
    Update on Graduate Requirements and Test Waiver Request click here.

    Graduate courses are held at two off campus locations. Students may take graduate courses at NJCU at Brookdale, 800 Monmouth Blvd., Wall, New Jersey, 07719, or, at Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08818.


    Accreditation: The Professional Security Studies Department is accredited by

     Master of Science in National Security Studies program includes core requirements, specialization and a culminating experience. For students who choose the thesis or specialized field project options, six additional elective credits (two courses) must be taken. For students that chose the comprehensive exam, twelve additional elective credits (four courses) must be taken.

    Course Requirements: 

     Course  Course Title  Credits 
      Program Core - 15 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 3
      Specialization - 9 credits   
    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 6501  Organizational Crisis Management 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
    Culminating Experiences  Master Thesis- 12 credits   
    SECU 670  Thesis I 3
    SECU 6752  Thesis II 3
      Additional elective credits 6
    Or,   Specialized Field Project - 12 credits   
    SECU 680  Specialized Field Project3  6
      Additional elective credits 6
    Or,  Final Comprehensive Exam   
    SECU 685  Comprehensive Examination4  0
      Additional elective credits 12

    *Pre-requisite: SECU 615 
    1Pre-requisite: SECU 640
    2Pre-requisite: SECU 670
    3The specialized field project must be approved by a faculty committee and the Dean of the College of Professional Studies
    4 The “Final Comprehensive Exam” must be successfully completed after all other course requirements are fulfilled in order to earn the degree