About the Online M.S. in National Security Studies

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NJCU Online

About the Online M.S. in National Security Studies

Want to advance your career in national security or cyber security?

Then the new fully online M.S. in National Security Studies degree is for you!

Become a member of an online learning cohort of security professionals taking innovative courses with applied lessons and casework that develop expertise in security leadership, protecting cyberspace, policy design and execution, decapitating advanced threats, and defending innocent victims. Courses are taught by faculty with prominent experience in the field including an Ambassador, military veterans and reservists, retired and active federal agents, law enforcement, and private sector executives.

Design your degree path to specialize in National Security, Corporate Security, or Cyber Security/Information Assurance. Dual specialization is easily accomplished. Students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on dynamic research that is influencing threat detection capabilities, policymaking, and whole-of-nation resilience.

Following the cohort model, if you enroll full-time, you can advance through the degree program in two-years. Part-time enrollment is also an exciting option that adjusts the cohort model to accommodate students’ many important commitments. We offer rolling admissions so you can start advancing your career by enrolling in Fall, Spring, or Summer courses.

Our alumni network is vast and diverse in local, state, and federal government agencies and law enforcement, military service, financial sector companies and oversight, policymaking and advocacy, and private consulting. The PSS Department hosts an annual symposium where current students, alumni, and employers gather to address emerging security threats and recruit new talent and as an online degree student you are cordially invited to attend and participate.

For years NJCU's Department of Professional Security Studies (PSS) has worked hard to maintain and update our Cyber Defense Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As of September 2019, the Department is also an Intelligence Community CAE (IC-CAE) as the result of winning a grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The IC-CAE designation was earned as part of a consortium with Rutgers University and CUNY.

Program Contact:

Graig Klein, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Professional Security Studies 
Email: gklein@njcu.edu
Phone: 201-200-3502

Degree Cost:

NJCU offers one of the most affordable tuition rates in the state of New Jersey. Full details on cost can be found on the NJCU Graduate & Doctorate Tuition page. 

Curriculum & Specializations: 

Cyber Security/Information Assurance Specialization 

Degree Requirements:

  • Complete five (5) required core courses (15 credits) [SECU 600-620]
  • Complete three (3) specialization courses (9 credits) [SECU 655-665]
  • Complete two (2) elective courses (6 credits) [SECU 625-650]
  • Complete Culminating Experience (6 credits) [SECU 670-680]

National Security Specialization Course Schedule

Degree Requirements:

  • Complete five (5) required core courses (15 credits) [SECU 600-620]
  • Complete three (3) specialization courses (9 credits) [SECU 625-635]
  • Complete two (2) elective courses (6 credits) [SECU 640-665]
  • Complete Culminating Experience (6 credits) [SECU 670-680]

Corporate Security Specialization Course Schedule

Degree Requirements:

  • Complete five (5) required core courses (15 credits) [SECU 600-620]
  • Complete three (3) specialization courses (9 credits) [SECU 640-650]
  • Complete two (2) elective courses (6 credits) [SECU 625-635, 655-665]
  • Complete Culminating Experience (6 credits) [SECU 670-680]

*SECU 685: Comprehensive Exam is a Culminating Experience option earning 0 credits 

*SECU 680 is a 6-credit course [fieldwork & coursework required]

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