Master of Science

MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security Administration

We must take steps to ensure the safety and security of our homeland. TU’s homeland security program is one of the best in the nation. With our faculty’s expertise and commitment, you can explore contemporary security including current threats, strategic planning, budget & finance, policy formulation, leadership and ethical issues and practices. Only then will you be able to foresee risks and resolve threats before they grow into crises.

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Bringing The Real World Into The Classroom

Tiffin University’s Master of Science (MS) degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in homeland security administration, is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience. Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections. This is as real as it gets!


What Is TU’s MS?

The Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school's talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.


The Homeland Security Concentration

The homeland security administration concentration will be beneficial to students who wish to advance their career in the homeland security field. Specifically, students seeking to advance and be promoted into leadership and administrative roles within the homeland security field in the future. Finally, graduates of this program may be qualified to teach criminal justice courses in community colleges or may be eligible to advance to a Ph.D. program.

As a student in the program, you will develop a broad foundation of knowledge as it relates to homeland security administration in the 21st century, including current threats, strategic planning, budget & finance, policy formulation, leadership, and ethical issues and practices. This applied foundation of knowledge, coupled with your refined
leadership and communication skills, will assist you in assuming leadership roles in the homeland security field.

Throughout the program, you will:

  • Examine legal and ethical issues in order to practice legal and ethical integrity in your professional work
  • Gain exposed to and have an understanding of homeland security issues from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, pragmatically and strategically in the completion of a capstone project that will apply your learning to specific homeland security administration issues and challenges in your workplace and professional settings

The program will culminate in a Leadership & Application Capstone Project. The goal of this course is to ensure that you are able to synthesize the knowledge, skills and understanding you have gained through course work, and are able to apply your skills and acquired knowledge in carrying out a project that demonstrates application to the homeland security field.


Transfer Credit Opportunity

For the MS in CJ in Homeland Security Administration 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 Administration Concentration – 30 hours

  • JUS510 Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
  • JUS515 Research Design and Analysis
  • JUS520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justices
  • JUS526 Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
  • JUS612 Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination
  • ENF520 The Intelligence Community
  • ENF575 Focus Areas in Homeland Security Administration
  • ENF620 Policy Formulation & Analysis in Homeland Security
  • ENF625 Federal Budgeting for Homeland Security Administrators
  • ENF685 Leadership and Practical Application in HSA (Capstone)

Total MS in CJ – 30 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

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.

Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination (JUS612) - In an increasingly complex world, leaders and administrators in criminal justice and homeland security agencies need skills that will enable them to successfully prepare and use a strategic plan. Students in this course will address the fundamentals of strategic planning: what it is, why it is important, how it is done, who should be involved, and why many organizations struggle with it. The focus will be on community and interagency strategic planning because a successful strategic plan for a criminal justice agency is firmly rooted in community needs and priorities. The course will also focus on the importance of mission-focused collaboration in the strategic planning process as it specifically relates to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS was created through the integration of all or part of 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified integrated department. The concepts of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration will be used to address alignment of people, resources, and processes to the agency mission, vision and purpose of the organization.

Focus Areas in Homeland Security Administration (ENF575) - The purpose of this course is to prepare Homeland Security professionals to analyze, interpret and understand various policies and procedures related to the management and administration of Homeland Security affairs. Through evaluation and discussion of a wide range of multidisciplinary topics and issues, students will gain an appreciation for the threats, vulnerabilities and hazards which face Homeland Security practitioners. Students will also learn to identify and engage appropriate assets, capabilities and resources to mitigate and remediate these threats. Civil liberty protections guaranteed to us by the Constitution have a bearing on U.S. Homeland Security policy, and this course will examine the delicate balance of civil-military relations and the impact of Federalism, States’ Rights and Tribal Sovereignty on the preparation for, response to and recovery from man-made and natural disasters. The course will review policies and procedures related to Homeland Security grants, disaster declarations and other financial and operational crisis response resources. Additionally, students will be introduced to the importance of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) in the planning and preparation for all-hazards events. Finally, the course will examine assessment criteria and resources available to Homeland Security professionals responsible for Critical Infrastructure Protection activities.

Policy Formulation & Analysis in Homeland Security (ENF620) - Details the research and planning process leading to the formulation of homeland security policy which enhances the preparedness, protection and collaborative response efforts and capabilities between the local, state and federal government against terrorist based incidents. Participants will research, develop and evaluate homeland security policy that effect the U.S on a domestic and international level.

Leadership & Practical Application in Homeland Security Administration (ENF685) - This course will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesize the knowledge gained through the balance of the program in a capstone seminar. Students will be provided a series of contemporary case studies for their analysis, in critical areas such as homeland security legal and regulatory authorities, risk assessment, strategic planning, budget formulation, program planning, and program assessment with the intent of understanding how such functional areas of administration are currently applied in the homeland security enterprise, to what effect, and under what limitations. They will then pursue a capstone project in which, as individuals or teams, they will evaluate a pressing homeland security policy issue, and conduct analysis required to develop a comprehensive proposal for operational application, including all aspects of its implementation and management. In general, this course is intended to provide students the opportunity to evaluate the reality of homeland security policy development and administration, and how it exists in an open, ill-defined, and still maturing environment. Through their own original analysis, writing and oral presentation, the students will also gain an appreciation for how such open questions of homeland security policy development can be addressed through innovation, collaboration, and persistence.

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