Program Overview

Defend Your Community Against Foreign and Domestic Threats

Rider’s M.A. in Homeland Security offers a distinctive and multidisciplinary approach to preparing professionals for leadership roles in homeland security, intelligence, criminal justice, security risk assessment and crisis management. Students will obtain a  background in policy, as well as effective strategies to deter and respond to threats to our national interests at home and abroad. 

Department of Political Science

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Facts & Figures

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


jobs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security*


increase in NJ job postings for Homeland Security applicants *


positions expected to open in the field through 2020*

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Program Requirements

Our 36-credit M.A. in Homeland Security balances theory with pragmatism and experience from experts in the field. The program features coursework from various disciplines, including political science, psychology and computer information systems. Students may choose a specialization area in global security or domestic security.

Coursework is ideally scheduled for working professionals, featuring evening classes and online options during the winter and summer terms.

Resiliency to Face Evolving Threats

The need for skilled professionals who can advance the homeland security mission for the United States has never been greater. Rider homeland security graduates possess the insight and strategic knowledge to pursue private or public sector employment, or further study in public policy. 

Common Agencies & Organizations

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Customs Services
  • Department of the Treasury
  • New Jersey Office of Homeland Security
  • Preparedness and Capitol Police
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This program brought together individuals from different fields and perspectives to come together and challenge each other... There aren’t many programs on the east coast or even the national level with such a unique set of courses and tools to prepare someone for a future career in National Security.
Daniel Belay '19

Student Research

Our students’ learning experience extends beyond the classroom. HLSP students enjoy a unique opportunity to pursue original and innovative research projects that they publish in academic and policy journals, present at conferences, or share with the university community. In the process, they learn to collect and analyze relevant data, conduct surveys, expand critical thinking, apply creativity enhancing techniques to brainstorming, and discover how to turn to other fields for solutions—skills that will help them succeed in the field of Homeland Security and beyond.


Homeland Security (M.A.)

Adam McMahon

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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amcmahon [at]


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