Homeland Security MPA Online Courses

Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Specialization


Discover Top Techniques to Provide Security


The tactics used by foreign and domestic terrorists are always changing, and technology has impacted these changes. A position in Homeland Security securing borders, airports, seaports and waterways, or responding to natural disasters and terrorist assaults, and reviewing and analyzing intelligence, the MPA online - Homeland Security specialization from AMC brings you the most relevant knowledge to take a leading role in protecting the public.

For those students who have recently graduated or those who are considering a career change, the MPA online Direct Track focuses attention on a total of 12 courses, including the Public Administration core curriculum and four Homeland Security specialization courses.

Mid-Career Track Available

Students who have graduated from a qualified police academy and work in a relevant field may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College Homeland Security MPA Mid-Career Track, allowing them to complete the degree program with just 10 courses (six from the MPA curriculum and four Homeland Security concentration courses).

Degree Requirements/Curriculum
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MPA 501Strategic Management of Human Capital3 credits
MPA 502Organizational Theories & the Public Sector3 credits
MPA 503Executive Leadership3 credits
MPA 504Management Policies in Government Finance3 credits
MPA 600Ethics in Public Service3 credits
MPA 602Managerial Statistics for Public Managers3 credits
MPA 603Public Policy3 credits
MPA 604Strategic Planning for Public Managers3 credits


Homeland Security Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HLS 701Foundations of Homeland Security3 credits
HLS 702Domestic Threat and Policy Analysis3 credits
HLS 703International Threat and Policy Analysis3 credits
HLS 704Partnership for Homeland Security3 credits


Public Administration Core Courses

MPA 501 Strategic Management of Human Capital (3 credits)
Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

MPA 502 Organizational Theories & the Public Sector (3 credits)
The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

MPA 503 Executive Leadership (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study and analysis of human behavior patterns. Special consideration is given to the role of the emergency services department management team member as a leader and motivator of people.

MPA 504 Management Policies in Government Finance (3 credits)
This course explores various aspects of local financial management including developing new revenue sources, designing a budget that includes performance reporting, conducting strategic economic development, understanding debt management and bond sales, use of modern information systems to improve financial decision, and meeting the day-to-day challenges of financial management from procurement to labor negotiations.

MPA 600 Ethics in Public Service (3 credits)
The course will address a number a number of issues including ethics theory and the history of ethics, ethics and consciousness, ethics and self-control, emotional fallacies and ethics, tools for ethical thinking, ethics and professionalism in public service, the value of ethics in preventing public corruption, and creating public organizational ethics. Real-world ethical failures in public administration will be discussed.

MPA 602 Managerial Statistics for Public Managers (3 credits)
Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources.

MPA 603 Public Policy (3 credits)
This course uses case studies and other materials to help students to develop excellence in oral and written skills in the formation of public policy at the senior management level. Drawing on previous coursework in ethics, quantitative analysis and management students will develop models for solving significant problems in the public arena coupled with the planning strategy for implementing these policies.

MPA 604 Strategic Planning for Public Managers (3 credits)
Through the utilization and application of risk assessment and master planning concepts, this program will guide the student through the process of problem identification and comparative analysis. This course will focus upon identifying the benefits and the development of a long term planning effort within the student’s local jurisdiction.

Homeland Security Concentration Courses

HLS 701 Foundations of Homeland Security (3 credits)
This course explains the history of building national security, its missions and its role. Through a consideration of best practices and the balance between security and liberty, it examines the organizational structures and resources required to defend the homeland. This course provides an overview of the DHS operations including mission operational planning, execution and evaluation, security and communications, intelligence collection and reporting critical infrastructure protection, and ethical, social and economic issues including the need to address victimization and fear.

HLS 702 Domestic Threat and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
An analysis of the threat of domestic terrorism in the United State from hate groups, Eco terrorist, “lone wolves” and extremist groups.

HLS 703 International Threat and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
This course examines, through a risk and vulnerability assessment of the global terrorism phenomenon, various international groups’ culture, history, ideology and motivation, capabilities, methods and activities within contexts of political, ethical, social and legal issues. Included in this examination is the emergence and growth of extremist and terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist networks. Particular attention will be focused on U.S. foreign policy, media impact, intelligence cycles, acts and procedures at governmental, state and community levels.

HLS 704 Partnership for Homeland Security (3 credits)
This course will identify and analyze best practices in multiagency cooperation, including the roles of local, state and federal law enforcement, intelligence, and emergency management agencies in conjunction with the public sector as required for collective welfare and implementation of the Homeland Security Act. The role of technology and communication is included as well as an analysis of the Patriot Act, its practice and its ethical, social, and legal implication for American life today.

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