Homeland Security & Disaster Management (M.S.)

Homeland Security & Disaster Management (M.S.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2021 through summer 2022. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
HLSC 500Foundations of Homeland Security3
HLSC 510Homeland Security Organization & Administration3
HLSC 520Legal Issues in Homeland Security3
HLSC 600Introduction to Disaster Management3
HLSC 610Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security3
HLSC 620Hazard Mitigation3
Total Hours18
Elective Courses
Government Elective 13
Government Elective 13
Government Elective 13
Government Elective 13
Total Hours12

Choose from the following courses: Any 500-600 level course offered by the Helms School of Government. Other 500-600 level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Thesis or Elective Courses 1
HLSC 688Thesis Proposal3
HLSC 689Thesis Research 2,33
HLSC 690Thesis Defense 23
Total Hours9

Students may choose to take a Thesis Option (HLSC 688 Thesis Proposal (3 c.h.), HLSC 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.), and HLSC 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)), or they may take 6 hours of Elective1 courses.


Any student who is not ready for enrollment in HLSC 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.) after completing HLSC 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat HLSC 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in HLSC 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.).


While HLSC 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.) may be taken more than once, only one enrollment in the course will be permitted to count toward degree requirements.

  All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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