Master’s of Science in Justice Studies -Terrorism & Homeland Security Program Objectives

The Master's in Homeland Security and Terrorism Program Lets You Expand Your Career Opportunities

Southern New Hampshire University’s Master's in Homeland Security and Terrorism program provides a sharp examination of these two imminent concerns, which have caused a sea change in U.S. foreign and domestic policy. You will also explore the US justice system from various perspectives, including policing and corrections to the courts and judicial process. By analyzing these issues in-depth, you will graduate with a more accurate understanding of what professionals in these fields face, so you’re better prepared to fill a vital role immediately.

Course work for the Justice Studies Master's in Homeland Security and Terrorism program is structured to provide you with a unique understanding of the following:

  • The strategic, political, legal, and organizational challenges associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland and the efforts that are under way to meet these challenges;
  • The implications of homeland security challenges and policies for constitutional rights, legal protections, and civil liberties;
  • Theories, principles, and approaches to emergency management including the philosophy of Comprehensive Emergency Management through four steps: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery;
  • The role and responsibilities of an emergency manager;
  • The complexities of the U.S. justice system, and how to operate effectively within its parameters.

Work for the Department of Homeland Security

If you would like to pursue a career with the Department of Homeland Security, the range of career options and duties include:

  • Helping secure the borders, airports, seaports and waterways; 
  • Researching and developing security technologies; 
  • Responding to natural disasters or terrorists assaults; 
  • Analyzing intelligence reports.

To learn more, visit the DHS Career Opportunities.

Justice Related Careers on the Rise

With a Master's in Justice Studies, you have several career options beyond homeland security. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two areas with exceptional growth projections through 2020 include probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (with 18 percent estimated growth) and arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators (7 percent).

Homeland Security & Terrorism
Concentration Resources

The following resources will help you research justice jobs and prepare for jobs in homeland security upon graduation:

Career Opportunities

SNHU's Career Development Center - Justice Studies Outlook
Document that outlines career options for students earning justice studies degrees.

Department of Homeland Security
Its mission is to secure the nation from the threats such as terrorism. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs in homeland security that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector.

Student Organizations

Justice Studies Association (JSA)
SNHU's student organization for those interested in justice studies. JSA hosts special presentations from area professionals, arranges trips to various justice-related organizations and organizes community service projects.

Professional Organizations and Associations

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
A federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy and program development worldwide.

VERA Institute of Justice
An independent, non-partisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice. VERA combines expertise in research, demonstration projects and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Studies is a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to collect, analyze, publish and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice’s mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

The Justice Studies Association
A nonprofit membership association established in 1998 to foster progressive writing, research, practice, and activism in all areas of criminal, social, and restorative justice.

University Accreditation

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