College of Professional StudiesQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Online
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:
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.
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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 and at our Long Island Graduate Center. Additionally, the University is exploring several off-campus sites, including various law enforcement academies.
Please see a list of our Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security faculty.
Director, Graduate Program in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership
Geraldine M Castelli
Assistant Dean Graduate Studies
College of Professional Studies
St.Augustine Hall, Room 2-136
Applicants must submit an online application with the following materials:
Students currently working in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and related agencies are eligible for a 33% tuition grant.
You will be requested to provide supporting evidence. Please contact Ms. Patricia Bartolomeo at [email protected] for the information required to apply for the Law Enforcement Discount.
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:
Office of Graduate Admission - Queens Campus
Core Courses: 18 Credits
Research Courses: 6 Credits
Selected Topics: Elective Courses: 12 Credits
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
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.
Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.
Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.
A Fully Academic ExperienceYou also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:
Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.