National Security, M.S.

The Master of Science in national security, the first program of its kind when established in 2001, is taught by faculty distinguished both by their academic credentials and by their professional experience within the national security intelligence community. It provides an extensive background in homeland and international security issues, computer fraud investigation, and government policy.

Experienced practitioners

Students benefit by learning from experienced practitioners in the field who possess experience in the FBI, CIA, United Nations, Connecticut State Police, private investigation labs, security agencies, and more. Whether you are currently working in the security field or wish to embark on your first career, the program will prepare you with the necessary skills to succeed in the intelligence community. Students in the program are required to complete an internship, research, or thesis experience prior to graduation. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, national security, public safety, emergency management, and homeland security. A concentration in Information Protection and Security in the program allows students to pursue specific study in cybersecurity and the protection of information systems within the intelligence community.

Hands-on Experience

Students in the program have unique hands-on learning opportunities in classroom facilities like the computer crime laboratory and in specialized fieldwork in an optional internship with organizations like the State of Connecticut, federal and state agencies, or private firms like Sikorsky Aircraft, located a short distance from campus.

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Events

Saturday, October 21, 2017

November 27 - December 1, 2017

What You'll Study

  • National Security Programs: Architecture and Mission

    An inquiry into the nature and scope of the U.S. national security programs’ architecture. Areas covered include the current architecture, legal, and regulatory basis, integrating national security programs into the agency’s missions, developing security policies and strategies, and the oversight of the NSPs.

  • Securing National Security Information Systems

    A comprehensive introduction to network security issues, concepts, and technologies. The core technologies of access control, cryptography, digital signatures, authorization, network firewalls, and network security services are reviewed. Issues in security policy, risk management are covered.

  • Research Methods and Intelligence Analysis

    An introduction to social science research methods used in national security for purposes of undertaking intelligence analysis. Students will become familiar with basic types of research design; open source vs. classified research material, and will be exposed to qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.

  • Bioterrorism and Biodefense

    This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to understanding terrorism employing biological pathogens specifically, and terrorism in general. A new topic in academia, it crosscuts many established academic areas. It comprises the history, origins, motivations, and techniques used by many terrorists; preparedness, detection, treatment, and response during pre-, trans-, and post-attack times; government programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond; and legal, economic, mental health, and policy issues. Lecture, discussion, a writing assignment, and a tabletop decision-making simulation will be the teaching methods used.

  • Full List of Courses for National Security, M.S.

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Masters of Science, or a Certificate in National Security check out the Academic Catalog:

    General Concentration

    Information Protection and Security Concentration

    Information Protection and Security Certificate

    National Security Certificate

    National Security Administration Certificate

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Next Steps

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