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Security Studies
Masters Program
Welcome to A National Center of Academic Excellence!!! 
 
Jointly Designated by the
National Security Agency
and the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 
 
Master of Science in National Security Studies (MS - NSS)
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
In only 36 semester hours, you will be prepared at the graduate level.
This program allows students to specialize in 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 your 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" 
 
Program Requirements (36 Credits):

All programs include the core requirements and specialization credits. 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.

Core Courses (15 Credits):

SECU 600- National Security (3 credit hours) [Offered in Spring and Fall Semesters]
SECU 605- Corporate Security (3 credit hours) [Offered in Spring and Fall Semesters]
SECU 610- Cyber Security (3 credit hours) [Offered in Fall Semester]
SECU 615- Research Methods I (3 credit hours) [Offered in Fall Semester]
SECU 620- Research Methods II (3 credit hours) [Offered in Spring Semester]
       Pre-requisite: SECU 615- Research Methods I

Specialization (9 Credits):

Must take 9 credits of electives within chosen specialization. Students have the opportunity to specialize in their area of study:

National Security:

SECU 625- Counterintelligence (3 credit hours) [Offered in Spring Semester]
SECU 630- Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups (3 credit hours) [Offered in Fall Semester]
SECU 635- Contemporary Counterterrorism (3 credit hours) [Offered in Summer Semester]

Corporate Security:

SECU 640- Critical Incident Command and Response (3 credit hours) [Offered in Summer Semester]
SECU 645- Corporate Threat Definition and Vulnerability Analysis (3 credit hours) [Offered in Fall Semester]
SECU 650- Organizational Crisis Management (3 credit hours) [Offered in Spring Semester]
       Pre-requisite: SECU 640 - Critical Incident Command and Response

Information Assurance/Cyber Security:

SECU 655- Topics in Computer Security (3 credit hours) [Offered in Spring Semester]
SECU 660- Security and Privacy of Information & Information Systems (3 credit hours)  [Offered in Fall Semester]
SECU 665- Information Security Strategy and Policy Development (3 credit hours) [Offered in Summer Semester]
 
Students that complete this concentration and the core SECU 610- Cyber Security course will receive a certificate:  Information Systems Security Officers, Standard 4014 (Entry Level) — Under Authority of the National Security Agency, a certification program for information security professionals, from the Committee on National Security Systems.
 

Culminating  Experiences (12 Credits):
 
Masters Thesis (plus 6 additional elective Credits):
 
SECU 670- Thesis I (3 credit hours) [Offered in All Semesters]
SECU 675- Thesis II (3 credit hours) [Offered in All Semesters]
       Pre-requisite: SECU 670-Thesis I

Or

Specialized Field Project (plus 6 additional elective Credits):

SECU 680- Specialized Field Project (6 credit hours) [Offered in All Semesters]

The specialized field project must be approved by a faculty committee and the Dean of the College of Professional Studies.

Or

Final Comprehensive Exam (plus 12 additional elective Credits):

SECU 685- Comprehensive Examination (0 credit hours) [Offered in All Semesters]

The “Final Comprehensive Exam” must be successfully completed after all other course requirements are fulfilled in order to earn the degree.

All courses in the Master of Science in Professional Security Studies are new to the NJCU community. Additionally, there are currently no other research courses available to students specifically addressing the specialized needs of the security discipline.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (Click on Link for New Window)
 
GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS (Click on Link for New Window)
 
MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM CURRICULUM GUIDE in Acrobat Reader format (Click on Link for New Window)
Attribution - Landon Turner, MS in PSS, 2009.
 
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