Homeland Security

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): Arlington Graduate Education Center, Online Learning

Program Overview

The Master's of Professional Studies degree in Homeland Security provides a pioneering education on counter-terrorism, intelligence analysis, emerging security threats, and relevant legislation, enhancing the implementation of security practices in both public and private sectors.

This program offers innovative professional development opportunities for individuals involved in public and private safety sectors, have experience in law enforcement, emergency management, corporate security, transportation security, fire service, public safety, public health preparedness, or the military.

Students are taught by acknowledged leaders in the field of homeland security who bring first-hand experience to the classroom, providing a strong focus on practical experience and strategic application of knowledge.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 1
Spring - November 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor).  Recommendations must include a separate sheet (preferably on official stationary) addressing the four questions found in the recommendation form.  Detailed answers must be provided addressing the applicant’s professional abilities, personal qualities, career potential, and potential to be successful in a graduate-level program.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé and proof of employment as a safety and/or security professional.

Have a minimum of two years of professional experience, including, but not limited to, homeland security, public safety, intelligence, federal/state/local law enforcement, related government contractors, information technology, or critical infrastructure. Applicants with slightly less than the minimum required experience who possess a bachelor's degree in a related field may also be considered for admission with approval of the Program Director. Contact your program representative, Jim Miller ([email protected]), for details.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
44983 Knoll Square, Suite B56
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
[email protected] ~ 202-994-2083 (phone) 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday