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Online HSEM Masters of Science Program

Applications are being accepted through July 15!

A Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) from Idaho State University integrates security studies with the systematic approach necessary to effectively prevent and deter intentional acts and build strong capabilities to respond and recover from all hazards that threaten the U.S. This multidisciplinary security and emergency management-based graduate program are designed to enhance students’ abilities to assess risk, implement emergency protocols and lead in a complex environment with partners from the whole community and all layers of society. Resiliency requires professionals who recognize the threats and who can lead private, public, and nonprofit organizations to withstand small and large stressors and shocks that could disrupt vital systems. Students will explore complex systems and design thinking, cybersecurity, disaster management, intelligence, counterterrorism, risk management, and critical emerging issues.  

Idaho State University’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Master’s of Science Degree program consists of 30 credits, nine online courses, and a six-credit research thesis or Capstone project that will contribute to the overall discipline. Participants spend an average of 13-15 hours on their courses each week during the online distance learning periods of study. Activities include reading assigned materials, participating in online discussions with faculty members and other participants, and preparing papers and projects.

This program provides a more well-rounded field of study that encompasses all types of threats. Other similar programs focus more on one aspect of homeland security, such as terrorism, criminal justice, or emergency management. This program provides a more comprehensive spectrum of topics related to current-day security and public safety issues facing our country. 

Master's in Homeland Security Graduate Application Instructions

Master's in Homeland Security Essay Instructions

Career Options

Chief Executives - Job growth 4-6% - Median Pay $184,460

Information Security Analysts - Job growth 31% - Median Pay $99,730

Government Program Managers - Job growth 27% - $123,819



This program explores emerging issues facing the public, private and nonprofit sectors today focusing on systems thinking, policy and leadership, risk-based decision models, and emerging threat environments such as violent extremists.

ISU’s online HSEM MS program features:

  • A strong foundation in the core competencies of security and emergency management.
  • A practical-applied approach using real-world examples, case studies, and professional document creation.
  • Access to scholars and practitioners from government, private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Choice of a practical field experience or research thesis to apply your new knowledge.

Program Goals/Objectives

  1. Candidates will engage in intellectual discourse to grow an understanding of the homeland security enterprise that is responsible to the community and the world at large.
  2. Candidates will develop ethical leadership skills providing them with a competitive edge within their field, opening doors into management and executive-level positions.
  3. Leaders prepared by this program will have the expertise and practice facility to be active participants in critical reflection and analysis, professional collaboration, effective implementation of policies and procedures, and the development of excellent supportive networking skills.
  4. Graduates with this Master's degree will pursue careers that enhance the safety and security of our communities, and safeguard the lives of citizens.

Not sure if an MS in HSEM degree is right for you? Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a diverse field attracting professionals from a wide variety of educational and career backgrounds, including:

  • Program managers
  • Intelligence analysts
  • Public information and public affairs officers
  • Military veterans
  • Critical infrastructure owners/operators
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire service
  • Health and medical emergency managers


Next Start Date: The first cohort kicks off in August 2022. Applications will be available January/February 2022 and will be due April 30, 2022.



Krystal Scott, Program Advisor                       
(208) 373-1760 

Laurie Holien, HSEM Program Director/Associate Professor                        
(208) 373-1761





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