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Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, Master of Professional Studies

36 Credits
College of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


New Approaches to Combat the Changing Nature of Crime and Terrorism

Terrorism, new technologies, and increasingly sophisticated international crime organizations have led to dramatic changes in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership. Some of these changes include:

  • The formation of the multi-agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The creation of new partnerships between public and private organizations
  • The need to create and implement innovative strategies and tactics to deal with new and traditional criminal enterprises, including intelligence-driven policing models

These realities demand a new generation of highly educated leaders in criminal justice, homeland security, corporate security and other public sector entities. You can gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials to join this elite company through the Master of Professional Studies Program in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership (MPS) at St. John’s University.

Offered through St. John’s College of Professional Studies, this innovative 36-credit program is designed to prepare students to meet the emerging leadership challenges in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Administration.

The thematic core of the graduate program addresses the study of leadership in all the components of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice, including the Police Service, Courts and Corrections. Courses address the multifaceted challenges leaders face in these agencies. The study of ethical leadership principles pervades the entire curriculum and is the thematic link that provides the graduate program with its unique analytical approach to organizational decision-making.

The degree conforms to St. John’s University’s long-established excellence in education by linking theory with professional practice. This integrative approach gives practitioners the knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership.

The program is offered on both the Queens and Staten Island campuses. Additionally, the University is exploring several off-campus sites, including various law enforcement academies.

Program Benefits

  • Students employed in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Agencies are granted a 33% Public Service Scholarship
  • Enroll in courses that are conveniently scheduled to accommodate working professionals
  • Take courses in three delivery modes: Conventional Classroom; Online; and Hybrid Classes
  • Participate in classes taught by outstanding faculty, all of whom have been practitioners and leaders in their respective fields
  • Attend classes with other professionals with similar interests and goals
  • Join a diverse student body
  • Attend full-or part-time
  • Receive one-on-one academic advisement
  • Participate in internships
  • Obtain assistance in career planning at the University Career Center
  • Network with alumni for career development and job opportunities

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security faculty.


Dr. Thomas J. Ward
Founding Director, Graduate Program in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership

Antonio Lodato
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies



Applicants must submit an online application with the following materials:

  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A record of scholarly achievement which is evidenced by a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s ability to achieve academic success at the graduate level of study
  • A thoughtful, well-written essay of approximately 300 words describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking this graduate degree

Scholarships and Grants

Students currently working in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and related agencies are eligible for a 33% tuition grant.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships from the University are available for highly qualified candidates pursuing graduate study.


For more information about admission to this graduate program, please contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
Robert Medrano
Director, Office of Graduate Admission


Career Outcomes

There are numerous and challenging career-track opportunities in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice fields. If your goal is to work in these professions, this program will provide the skills and academic background necessary for you to take advantage of the many career opportunities available.

Agencies and Organizations: Potential Employers

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Police Agencies: Local and State
  • New York Police Department (NYPD)
  • U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Correctional Agencies
  • Probation Departments
  • Parole Agencies
  • Victim Services Agencies
  • District Attorneys’ Offices
  • Juvenile Justice Agencies
  • Court Systems: Federal, State and Local
  • Sheriffs’ Departments
  • Counterterrorism Agencies
  • Corporate Security Departments
  • Non-Profit Ex-Offender Organizations

Additional Information

Background Information

On September 11, 2001, first-responders and those who work in the American Criminal Justice System recognized instantly that their professions had changed dramatically. From that fateful and horrific day forward, it was apparent that America’s public safety system and network had to be reconceptualized and expanded; it had to be reengineered at the local, state, and federal levels of government to address new and emerging terrorist threats. This, of course, was a complex task that involved extensive planning and the coordination of numerous emergency management agencies, law enforcement departments, and private sector organizations. It also involved our government having to make several legislative and policy decisions to balance the frequently conflicting demands of freedom versus order.

An entirely new and equally pressing demand was placed on the St. John’s University Criminal Justice faculty to reengineer its existing Criminal Justice Leadership Program to reflect and respond to the rapid changes that were taking place in homeland security, the police service, the courts and the correctional service.

The result of all this fine-tuning and curriculum reengineering is the new and creative Graduate Program in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership.

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