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Homeland Security MPA Online Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

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.

MPA Core Courses


Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

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.

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.

Examines ethical principles as they apply to the many practical problems that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Uses case studies to illustrate ethical reasoning and examine issues of social justice.

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.

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 course work 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.

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 Specialization Courses


This course explains the history of building national security, its mission 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 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.

An analysis of the threat of domestic terrorism in the United States from hate groups, Eco terrorist, “lone wolves” and extremist groups.

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 AlQaeda, 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.

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 implications for American life today.

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).

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