National Security (M.S.) - Homeland Security

National Security (M.S.) - Homeland Security

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. 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
NSEC 501National Security Structure and Responsibilities3
NSEC 502Ethics in National Security3
NSEC 503National Security, National Defense, & Foreign Policy3
NSEC 504Historic Lessons of National Security in War & Peace3
NSEC 505Cyberspace Policy/Operations & Political Challenges3
NSEC 506Sovereignty & National Security Challenges3
NSEC 507Terrorism & National Security3
Total Hours21
Homeland Security Cognate
HLSC 500Foundations of Homeland Security3
HLSC 510Homeland Security Organization & Administration3
HLSC 520Legal Issues in Homeland Security3
Total Hours9
Thesis or Elective Courses 1
NSEC 688Thesis Proposal3
NSEC 689Thesis Research 2,33
NSEC 690Thesis Defense 20
Total Hours6

Students may choose to take a Thesis Option (NSEC 688 Thesis Proposal (3 c.h.), NSEC 689 Thesis Research (3 c.h.), and NSEC 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)), or they may take 6 hours of Elective4 Courses


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


While NSEC 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


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

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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