Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, Masters of Professional Studies

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


Today’s Criminal Justice Professionals are Employing New Approaches to Combat the Changing Nature of Crime

Terrorism, new technologies and increasingly sophisticated international crime organizations have led to dramatic changes in the criminal justice
and related fields:

  • An unprecedented consolidation of agencies into the Department of Homeland Security
  • The creation of new partnerships between public and private organizations
  • The need to create and implement innovative strategies to deal with new and traditional criminal enterprises

These realities demand a new generation of well trained 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 Masters of Professional Studies 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 criminal justice and other public and private sector professionals to meet the emerging leadership challenges.

The thematic core of the graduate program addresses the study of leadership in all the components of the criminal justice system and other related public sector agencies and corporate security. Courses address the multifaceted challenges leaders face in these agencies. The study of leadership 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 through blending theory and practice. This integrative approach gives practitioners and other individuals the knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions in correctional services, homeland security, courts and policing at the federal, state, and local levels and corporate security.

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

Department Faculty

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

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For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus


Admission Office -  Staten Island campus

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Career Outcomes

Leadership positions in criminal justice agencies, related public sector agencies and private corporations offer exciting, challenging and lucrative opportunities. If your goal is to work in one of these entities, this program will provide the skills and academic background necessary for you to take advantage of the many career opportunities available.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF)
  • Inspector General’s Offices (IG)
  • Attorney General’s Offices (AG) 
  • Prisons 
  • Probation & Parole
  • Victim’s Office
  • Prosecutor’s Office
  • City or State Juvenile Justice Office
  • City or State Courts
  • Police
  • Sheriff’s Office 
  • Counter-Terrorism 
  • Security for thousands of private corporations

Job Resource Center
Please find a comprehensive list of  job and internship opportunities in the fields of criminal justice and legal studies provided to our students.

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Additional Information

The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership Program prepares graduates to enter positions of leadership in their chosen fields. Students develop a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles of modern leadership, as well as the innovative techniques needed to improve an organization’s efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. They develop the skills necessary to design, assess, implement, and evaluate policy and learn a variety of analytical approaches to problem solving and organizational decision-making to prepare them for the complex multifaceted challenges they will face as leaders. The importance of leading in an ethical manner is emphasized, and students practice the skills needed to manage ambiguous situations.

Demonstrate knowledge of the different leadership theories.

  • Describe the research that provides the basis of the theoretical perspectives.
  • Identify and analyze the different leadership theories.
  • Categorize the theories used to explain different leadership styles
  • Explain the evolution of leadership theories.
  • Explain the assumptions that underlie the different theories and the
    fundamentals of leadership.

Demonstrate knowledge of innovative techniques needed to improve agency efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Describe the techniques that can be used improve employee performance.
  • Identify the organizational climates that encourage and promote innovative thinking.
  • Explain how combining technology and innovation will improve efficiency.

Demonstrate the ability to design and implement policies.

  • Outline how new policies will be created and implemented to deal with unexpected and unprecedented events.
  • Explain how divergent views will be integrated into the policy formation and analysis process.
  • Identify the policies that will allow the adoption of best practices.

Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of leadership skills and the important aspects of successful leadership.

  • Identify the importance of communications.
  • Identify the channels that will facilitate information sharing throughout the agency.
  • Explain the multifaceted challenges leaders face.
  • Describe the different important leadership characteristics.

Demonstrate the ability to integrate new and emerging technologies throughout the agency to improve overall performance.

  • Explain a leadership plan necessary to facilitate the organization’s efforts to adopt new technologies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of emerging and cutting-edge technologies.
  • Explain how information technology will be used to improve efficiency.

Understand the important principles of effective leadership.

  • Explain the analytical approaches to organizational decision making.
  • Be able to create new partnerships with public and private organizations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of good problem solving and decision making techniques.
  • Understand the need for ethical leadership.
  • Identify and analyze the functions of leadership.
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