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Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, Master of Professional Studies

This program is designed to educate students on current leadership skills and trends in Homeland Security and Law Enforcement.

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership degree program, set in dynamic New York City, offers a unique blend of professional security education and criminal justice studies. This program, ideal for those pursuing security graduate degrees, prepares you for leadership roles in homeland security, law enforcement, and urban security training. Designed for working professionals, it provides flexible online and on-campus learning options, ensuring a balance between public safety master’s studies and professional commitments. As a student here, you are equipped with the skills for national security roles and are ready to excel in security and justice leadership in both the public and private sectors.

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Area of Interest
Law, Policy & Government
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Program Location
  • Queens Campus
  • Online
Required Credit Hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon graduation, you may opt to further your education in homeland security by applying for the St. John’s Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.) in Homeland Security degree program, enhancing your credentials in criminal justice leadership.
  • You acquire in-demand skills in cybersecurity and forensics, essential for developing organizational policies and advancing in careers related to law or legal expertise.
  • The Master of Professional Studies degree equips you for a new career or advancement in your current role within law enforcement, offering a pathway to graduate roles in New York and the broader US.

Integrating Vincentian Traditions and Values

This program combines leadership in criminal justice and homeland security with St. John’s Vincentian values, preparing you to tackle injustice and promote safety, embodying the principles of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice studies.

Career Outcomes

You are well prepared for a challenging career in homeland security, criminal justice, and law enforcement, benefiting from a comprehensive education that includes aspects of criminal justice leadership and forensics degree knowledge, and the skills needed for protecting our nation.

Whether you target a career in law enforcement or cybersecurity—or as a distinguished graduate in New York’s security sectors—our program equips you with the skills for prominent roles in homeland security or national security, while offering insights into the crucial aspects of criminal justice in New York and the broader US. Aspiring lawyers, law enforcement professionals, or those interested in a forensics degree find our curriculum integrates key elements of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice studies, setting a solid foundation for those seeking to achieve a master’s degree from prestigious graduate schools in New York like St. John’s University.

  • 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

Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online

St. John's University offers a flexible online M.P.S. degree in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership, allowing you to engage in high-quality learning and access significant resources remotely, supporting your journey to becoming a leader in criminal justice and homeland security.

A Fully Academic Experience

You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.

Please note that California residents in online programs at out of state nonprofit institutions, like St. John’s University are ineligible for all forms of federal aid, including federal student loans based on current federal state authorization rules.

Unique Benefits

Ranked "Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice Programs": #30 tie (U.S. News and World Report, 2024)

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Build More Connections

Students have access to St. John’s extensive alumni relations network.


Students employed in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Agencies are granted a 33% Public Service Scholarship.

Build Your Own Path

Students obtain assistance in career planning provided through the University Career Center.

Outstanding Faculty

Students participate in classes taught by outstanding faculty, all of whom have been practitioners and leaders in their respective fields.

Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership Curriculum

HLS 301Police and Homeland Security Leadership3
HLS 203Critical Issues in Correctional Administration3
HLS 302U.S. Constitution and Homeland Protection3
HLS 304Criminal Justice Policy Formation and Analysis3
HLS 202Leadership in Public Administration3
HLS 106Ethical Leadership: Principles and Practices3
HLS 401Introduction to Research Methods3
HLS 400Applied Research Project: The Capstone3
HLS 308Selected Topics: Criminal Justice3
HLS 307Leadership Issues in Critical Incident Management3
HLS 311Criminological Theory3
HCL 301.2Leadership Topics I3
HCL 301.3Leadership Topics II3
HCL 301.4Seminar in Stress Management3
HLS 305Seminar in Global Terrorism3
HLS 303Issues in Global Security3
HLS 308Selected Topics I3
HLS 312Court Administration and Leadership3
HCL 302.6Contemporary Legal Problems in Criminal Justice3
HLS 309Selected Topics II3
HCL 304Police Leadership: A Global Perspective3
HCL 500Applied Seminar in Leadership Practicum3
HLS 232Organizational Behavior3
HLS 280Organizational Development3

Program Benefits 

  • 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

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Student Stories

Julia Varvaro ’18TCB, ’20MPS

St. John’s Fuels Doctoral Student’s Passion for Homeland Security

Julia has found it to be a valuable learning experience to work alongside her peers who are very seasoned professionals.

Julia Varvaro ’18TCB, ’20MPS The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies


Julia has found it to be a valuable learning experience to work alongside her peers who are very seasoned professionals. “I have been able to listen to their advice and learn from their service, since I lacked their practical and tactical experience,” she said. “But they have also leaned on me for advice, as they have returned to school for the first time in years after a long career. By leveraging our strengths and weaknesses with each other, we have grown extremely close.”

Careers in HLS and CRJ

Careers in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership

"Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be." - Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Additional 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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