Homeland Security, Doctor of Professional Studies
New Approaches to Security Studies in an Ever-Changing World
Today’s security professionals face a myriad of threats and hazards unimaginable just two short decades ago. This dilemma is compounded by advancements in technology and an increasingly complex threat environment from a wide array of natural, man-made, and technological threats and hazards to people, property, the global economy, critical infrastructure, and computer systems, to name just a few. These threats have taken on a global nature with great interconnectivity, interdependency, and an increasing flow of goods, people, and services across borders.
Security professionals charged with analyzing risk and implementing well-considered policies face exceptional challenges in dealing with this complex security environment. In addition, decision-making must comply with their nation’s unique legal, political, and social framework. An understanding of the global dynamics undergirding these issues requires a multidisciplinary approach that explores this reality. This reality has created a demand for a new generation of highly educated leaders in both the private and public sectors of the Homeland Security Enterprise, as well as academics who will teach the next generation of security professionals and conduct innovative research in the field.
You can gain the knowledge, skills, and, credentials to meet these needs, and conduct research more effectively; think both analytically and critically; build and manage teams; and make decisions and apply knowledge to effectively solve real-world security challenges through the Doctor of Professional Studies program in Homeland Security(DPS) at St. John’s University---one of the first nonprofit educational institutions offering doctoral-level studies specifically in homeland security.
Offered by St. John’s College of Professional Studies, this innovative 78-credit program is designed to qualify candidates to fill mid- to high-level executive positions in government, law enforcement, the public and private security industries, nongovernmental organizations, and academia. Students will research and explore the practice of such collaborative efforts; gain an understanding of the range of local, national, international and organizational security issues faced by public and private actors and entities within the Homeland Security Enterprise; apply this knowledge to issues of policy- and decision-making, organizational design, leadership, and administrative practices; and focus heavily on the practice of emergency and disaster preparedness, including response, recovery, mitigation, and resilience efforts. The program will focus not just on Homeland Security efforts in the United States but also draw on lessons learned from abroad.
To cater to the scheduling needs of both midcareer professionals and traditional students, the DPS program is offered in both a traditional classroom format and an online/limited-in-residency format. The limited-in-residency program is designed for working professionals seeking to pursue a doctoral degree in Homeland Security on a part-time basis. To accommodate participants' time constraints, the DPS will only require students to be in residency for one week for each academic year of the program.
The program also includes components unique to St. John’s, including the recently unveiled Homeland Security/Emergency Management Simulation Lab and Cyber Security Lab that offer state-of-the-art laboratory simulations and cyber security exercises, an extensive library collection accessible through the library’s website, a collection of books and other materials found at the main library on the Queens campus and smaller libraries located on other St. John’s campuses, and a wide range of technology and tools to facilitate online learning and support.
- Students employed in homeland security and criminal justice agencies are granted a 33 percent Public Service Scholarship.
- Enroll in a program with a unique schedule and structure 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 by visiting University Career Services.
- Network with alumni for career development and job opportunities.
All faculty members teaching in the DPS program hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and are well-established scholars in their fields of expertise. They also possess extensive professional experience within both the public and private sectors of the Homeland Security Enterprise. The faculty regularly conduct research, publish, and travel to give conference papers and invited lectures.
Please see a list of our Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security faculty.
Keith Cozine, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Doctoral Program in Homeland Security
Applicants must submit an online application with the following materials:
Evidence of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
Scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test. (Applicants with at least 30 credits of graduate work and cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater are exempt from the GRE but submission of scores are strongly recommended.)
Three letters of reference, at least one of which attests to the applicant’s research ability.
A personal statement of approximately 300 words describing the applicant’s reason for seeking admission into the program, professional experience, career goals, and research interests.
An interview may be required at the discretion of the Admission Committee.
Scholarships and Grants
Students currently working in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and related agencies are eligible for a 33 percent 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
Director, Office of Graduate Admission
The DPS is designed to prepare candidates to fill mid- to high-level executive positions in government, law enforcement, the public and private security industries, nongovernmental organizations, and academia. 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.
Federal law enforcement agencies
The intelligence community
Department of Defense
US Department of Homeland Security
State and local law enforcement agencies
Emergency management agencies
Regulatory and safety agencies
Colleges and universities
Corporate security departments
Business continuity departments
The program will be delivered as both an on-campus degree program and in a limited-in-residency format.
The on-campus program is designed for those students seeking to pursue a doctoral degree in Homeland Security on a full-time basis. Courses will be delivered in the following instructional modes: in a traditional or conventional classroom setting, fully online, and in a hybrid format.
The limited-in-residency program is designed for working professionals seeking to pursue a doctoral degree in Homeland Security on a part-time basis. To accommodate participants' time constraints, the DPS will only require students to be in residence for one week for each academic year of the program.
The residency requirement will lay the foundation for more advanced scholarship and will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to interact with and network with their faculty mentors. Following the residency periods, the remainder of the coursework will be completed online using asynchronous learning. Students will be required to read assigned materials, participate in online discussions with faculty and other students, and prepare papers and projects.
The online learning programs portion allows 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.
This flexible delivery allows both traditional students and working professionals throughout the United States and abroad to take advantage of this unique and innovative program.