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Security Management Degree - Master of Science

Curriculum

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

(Click a course name below to view course details). Unless noted, all courses are 4 credit hours.

  • MSSM 501 Homeland Security Principles and Practices

    The course provides a comprehensive account of past and current homeland security reorganization and practices, policies and programs in relation to the government restructure. Also covered are the actions taken in the aftermath of 9/11 in the areas of legislation, government organization, communications, technology and emergency management. Current organizational structure and responsibilities of the new Department of Homeland Security are reviewed. Case studies and best practices are also examined.
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  • MSSM 506 Terrorism and Homeland Defense Fundamentals

    This course introduces students to significant issues in global terrorism. The history and development of terrorism, as well as the psychology, financing, structure, and dynamics of terrorist groups, are examined. It discusses a variety of new indicators, warning methodologies, and analytical tools available to assess and forecast terrorism in its ever-changing forms, as well as reviews the proactive defenses for the long-term protection of our country.
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  • MSSM 512 Homeland Security Project One

    Students will complete a homeland security project that outlines and thoroughly explains the homeland security and terrorist threats to their local and state areas. (1 credit hr)
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  • MSSM 517 Critical Infrastructure: Analysis and Strategies

    The course presents information on key sectors of society known as “critical infrastructure.” These key sectors are identified as targets for those who wish to harm our national security. The origins of threats are identified from individuals, groups or nation states. Critical infrastructure such as electric power supplies, gas and oil, telecommunications, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, emergency services, civil defense, food supply, information distribution, military defense and continuity of government are identified and discussed. The role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and national organizations are examined as to how they protect against internal or external threats to critical infrastructure. Intelligence collection and alert systems created to prevent and warn against infrastructure attacks are also examined.
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  • MSSM 523 Emergency Preparedness and Management

    This course focuses on the role of emergency management in government, community and organizations. The types of threats and the process of preparing, mitigating, responding and recovering from emergencies and disasters are covered. The importance of continuity of operations to sustain business and operations during natural and manmade disasters are also discussed. Topics include threat assessment, risk analysis, formulating a comprehensive plan, training, coordinating with support agencies, and the actual overall management of an emergency or disaster.
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  • MSSM 528 Homeland Security Project Two

    The students will prepare a crisis management plan for a fictional local or county government. (1 credit hr)
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  • MSSM 602 Principles and Theories of Security Management

    This course is an overview of the principles and issues in business and organizational security management. Students will comprehensively review current, experience proven business practices applicable to security operations. The vital topics of leadership style for the 21st century; managing in times of change, uncertainty and risk; target hardening against crime and terrorism; and taking advantage of available technology are all covered to ensure the student has a comprehensive knowledge base of security management and its role in government and private organizations.
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  • MSSM 607 Cyber-Security and Information Protection

    The course provides knowledge of how to successfully defend and protect today’s valuable resources— information and information systems. It covers a systematic and practical approach for establishing, managing and operating a comprehensive information assurance program. The risk of conducting e-Commerce will be thoroughly explored.
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  • MSSM 613 Security Management Project One

    Students will prepare a comprehensive Information Assurance policy to protect a fictional organization. (1 credit hr)
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  • MSSM 618 Evaluation of Security Programs

    Evaluation of Security Programs is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge of industry standards, practices and methods that will aid in determining the adequacy of security management programs. It also directs students through the complete process of security system design, integration and evaluation. Moreover, this course explores the interplay of management structures, functions, and processes as well as examines state-of-the art management techniques.
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  • MSSM 624 Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Analysis

    This course reveals how to recognize security vulnerabilities and analyze risks. Students learn a systematic approach to acquiring and analyzing the information necessary to support decision-makers in the protection of assets and the allocation of security resources.
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  • MSSM 629 Security Management Project Two

    Students will conduct a vulnerability study and threat assessment with risk management recommendations at an actual facility or organization. (1 credit hr)
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