National Security

Master of Science in New Mexico

The Master of Science in National Security, currently offered on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, gives students the unique opportunity to study National Security through the University of New Haven - a national leader in the field. The program prepares and provides our students with the necessary skills that are, and continue to be, needed in the National Security sector.

Diverse topics of study

The National Security program provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles and framework within homeland security, national security, international security, computer fraud, government policy, and terrorism.

Convenience and choice for the working professional

We cater to working professionals with a convenient schedule: we operate on a 13-week trimester schedule, with an 8-week summer session.

Students can choose from two 36-credit Master of Science programs: M.S. in National Security, as well as M.S. in National Security with a concentration in Information Protection.

For students who do not wish to pursue a full master's degree, we offer three 12-credit certificates: National Security, National Security Information Protection, and National Security Administration.

Program Highlights
  • First master’s program of its kind in the U.S.
  • Convenient weekend classes and rolling admissions.
  • Substantial tuition benefits for veterans, active duty military and Sandia Laboratory employees.
  • Learn from practicing faculty with extensive experience.
  • The New Mexico campus is unique in that it is located on Kirtland Air Force Base with close proximity to Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. New Mexico itself is the birthplace of the atomic bomb and a leader in the U.S. nuclear program.
Concentration in Information Protection

The concentration in Information Protection provides students with a unique approach to issues of cyber terrorism, cyber intelligence, cyber security, and information systems protection and management.

Information protection is a proactive field that teaches students methods and techniques of protecting information systems. Students in the Information Protection and Security concentration learn about network security, data protection, telecommunication, information systems threats/attacks/defenses, cyber-warfare, and cyber risk management.

With the ever-increasing numbers of online threats and internet connectivity, it is important for our students to acquire and practice these skills within information protection. In this curriculum, students are given hands-on experience with well known programs and systems in the field such as Forensic Toolkit (FTK), EnCase, WireShark, TCPDump, and various computer operating systems.

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Selected Courses and Programs
  • National Security Programs: Architecture and Mission

    An inquiry into the nature and scope of the U.S. national security programs’ architecture. Areas covered include the current architecture, legal, and regulatory basis, integrating national security programs into the agency’s missions, developing security policies and strategies, and the oversight of the NSPs.

  • Securing National Security Information Systems

    A comprehensive introduction to network security issues, concepts, and technologies. The core technologies of access control, cryptography, digital signatures, authorization, network firewalls, and network security services are reviewed. Issues in security policy, risk management are covered.

  • Research Methds and Intelligence Analysis

    An introduction to social science research methods used in national security for purposes of undertaking intelligence analysis. Students will become familiar with basic types of research design; open source vs. classified research material, and will be exposed to qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.

  • Bioterrorism and Biodefense

    This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to understanding terrorism employing biological pathogens specifically, and terrorism in general. A new topic in academia, it crosscuts many established academic areas. It comprises the history, origins, motivations, and techniques used by many terrorists; preparedness, detection, treatment, and response during pre-, trans-, and post-attack times; government programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond; and legal, economic, mental health, and policy issues. Lecture, discussion, a writing assignment, and a tabletop decision-making simulation will be the teaching methods used.

  • Full List of Courses for National Security, M.S.

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Masters of Science, or a Certificate in National Security check out the Academic Catalog:

    General Concentration

    Information Protection and Security Concentration

    Information Protection and Security Certificate

    National Security Certificate

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Denver Johnson, M.P.S.
Program Coordinator

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