Master of Science

MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security

Homeland security practitioners secure critical infrastructure and transportation, protect the borders, prepare for and respond to disasters, investigate and counter terrorism to secure our country on a daily basis. We have incorporated many of the prominent homeland security and criminal justice concepts into a curriculum delivered by senior homeland security practitioners with significant and current experience. Their experiences add richness to students’ understanding with real-world examples, and help students build a thorough understanding of the current challenges and the changing landscape of the homeland security apparatus in the U.S.

Graduate Program Tabs

Tiffin University is well regarded as an academic institution, and as such, the MS in CJ program will have no shortage of theoretical underpinnings and conceptual foundations, backed by academic research studies. Unique to the Tiffin approach, our students not only benefit from rigorous academic study, but also from receiving academic instruction from highly successful, experienced faculty with years of real-world field experience at every level of both criminal justice and homeland security disciplines. Graduates from the Tiffin MS in CJ program in homeland security will find themselves well positioned for many federal positions as well as positions at the state and local levels. Additionally, graduates who attain federal employment within the homeland security sector will enjoy a breadth of homeland security exposure that their coworkers may not typically enjoy. This breadth of understanding affords graduates to make an immediate impact in their chosen field of endeavor. It also provides graduates great flexibility in choosing their career paths within the diverse disciplines of criminal justice and homeland security, because graduates understand the organizations and agencies, which utilize these disciplines so well.

Transfer Credit Opportunity
Prospective students, who have completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Certification (CLEE), may receive up to three (3) credit hours of transfer credit into this program.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Homeland Security Concentration – 30 hours

  • JUS510 Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
  • JUS515 Research Design and Analysis
  • JUS520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
  • JUS526 Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
  • ENF520 The Intelligence Community
  • ENF530 Emergency Management
  • ENF640 Terrorism and Emerging Threats
  • ENF665 Cyber Security and Technology in Homeland Security
  • ENF570 Homeland Security Sectors
  • ENF680 Practical Application of Policy in HS (Capstone)

Total MS in CJ – 30 hours

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

The Intelligence Community (ENF520) - Provides an examination of the creation and continuing evolution of the US Intelligence Community (IC) in the post 9/11 era. The IC’s missions, responsibilities and legal authorities will be explored. Students will hold an in-depth discussion on the IC’s successes, failures, and purported controversies. An assignment using the entire intelligence cycle will be developed throughout the course; students will present their findings and develop follow-on intelligence requirements based on evaluations from their peers.

Cyber Security and Technology in Homeland Security (ENF665) - This course provides a broad overview of cyber security and the role it plays in homeland security. The course examines technology as a tool to support information systems, inspections and surveillance, communications, knowledge management, and cyber security to support the Homeland Security Mission. The course describes the interdependencies, benefits, and barriers that technology creates within Homeland Security with a focus on governance structures and technology trends.

Homeland Security Sectors (ENF570) - This course is designed to challenge students to examine the concept of homeland security from a variety of important sectors. As part of this focus of study, students will look at different homeland security sectors and evaluate their impact on national security. During this course, emphasis will be placed on immigration, border security, transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, and public health issues among other topics. Each of these areas will be looked at on a spectrum from the protective factors currently being implemented, to the effect of a terrorist attack on each sector. Students will read multiple open source documents related to the homeland security sectors, and will be tasked with analyzing current security methodologies and offering new solutions to existing problems.

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    Alexandra Tozzie
    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

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  • Omar Alfehri
    "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

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  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

    Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
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    -Alexis Mohr '06

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
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    - Xin Guo, China

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