Professional Security Studies

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About the Professional Security Studies Department

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NJCU Professional Securities Studies:

One of the few programs nationally in higher education designated an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) per the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and a Cyber Defense CAE per the National Security Agency.

NJCU is a National Center of Academic Excellence as designated by the National Security Agency in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. *Renewal in 2020

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The Department of Professional Security Studies focuses on a student–centered, scholar-practitioner approach to education. Its mission is to facilitate access, create opportunities and provide a supportive environment for achieving academic success through learning and appreciation of subject matter, professional and personal growth and the development of identified and marketable global and disciplinary competencies. Degree programs are designed for practicing security professionals as well as students seeking careers in the field. Course work is offered at multiple off-site campuses around the state including its Fort Monmouth location and Edison, NJ.

The Professional Security Studies Department is nationally recognized in National, Cyber, and Corporate Security Education and certified by the National Security Agency undergraduate and graduate Cyber Defense (2019 - ). While continuing to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Information Assurance, the NSA now certifies programs in Cyber Defense.

PSS historically offered NSA recognized certificates in Information Security Standard 4011 (INFOSEC) (2012-2017) and Information Systems Security Office (ISSO) 4014E (2013-2018).

NJCU National Security Studies Degrees lead to careers in the following organizations + many more:

  • FBI
  • CIA
  • NSA
  • DIA
  • DEA
  • DOD
  • State, County and Local Law Enforcement
  • Corporate 
  • Education 
  • Healthcare/Hospitals
  • Small Business 
  • Cybersecurity

The National Security Agency’s program goal is to “reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in Information Assurance (IA) and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. Certification… assure(s) the very finest preparation of professionals entrusted with securing our critical information.”

Sources: IA Academic Outreach, National Centers of Academic Excellence


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The NJCU Professional Security Studies program is one of the few in the country to be designated as a center of academic excellence (CAE) in both cybersecurity and intelligence.


A National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE DC) as designated by the National Security Agency in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Contact Us

Dorothea Wilinski, Department Admin/Professional Services
Professional Studies Building, P449
Phone: 201-200-2275
Fax: 201-200-2279

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See our faculty profiles
National Security Studies Course Catalog

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