National Security, M.Sc.

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  • Tuition Fee
    870 USD/credit
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    870 USD/credit
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The Master of Science program in National Security, University of New Haven is taught by faculty distinguished both by their academic credentials and by their professional experience within the National Security Intelligence Community.


The first of its kind when it began in 2001, the University of New Haven National Security program provides students with extensive study in homeland and international security issues, computer fraud investigation, government policy, terrorism, and more.

Students benefit by learning from experienced practitioners in the field who possess experience in the FBI, CIA, United Nations, Connecticut State Police, private investigation labs, security agencies, and more. Whether you are currently working in the security field or wish to embark on your first career, the program will prepare you with the necessary skills to succeed in the intelligence community.

Students in the program are required to complete an internship, research, or thesis experience prior to graduation. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, national security, public safety, emergency management, and homeland security.

A concentration in Information Protection and Security in the program allows students to pursue specific study in cybersecurity and the protection of information systems within the intelligence community.

Programme Structure

Students in the program are required to complete 18 credits of core courses and 18 credits of general electives. Students must complete a capstone requirement of either NSPS 6690 - Research Project I or NSPS 6693 - National Security Internship I as part of the program; or NSPS 6697, NSPS 6698, NSPS 6699 - Thesis III.

Required Courses (18 Credits)
  • National Security Programs: Architecture and Mission
  • National Security Charter, Legal Issues, and Executive Orders
  • Securing National Security Information Systems
  • National Security: Policy and Strategy
  • Research Methds in National Security
  • Research Project I
  • National Security Internship I
  • Thesis Iand
  • Thesis II


If thesis option is selected, 3 credits will count toward electives.


Plus 18 credits of electives from the following:

  • Computers, Technology, and National Security Information Management Systems
  • NSP Personnel Security Programs
  • Contemporary Issues in National Security Programs
  • Architecture of Protected Information
  • The Development of the United Nations
  • International Organizations and Counter-Terrorism
  • NSP Cost Modeling & Contract Administration
  • NSP Situational Eval&Failure Analy Models
  • Integrated Studies in Safeguards and Countermeasure Designs
  • NSP Issues in Research and Policy Analysis
  • Bioterrorism and Biodefense
  • National Security Incident Mapping
  • Risk Assessment&Management National Security
  • National Security World and National Threat Modeling
  • Integrated Studies of the Intelligence and Counterintelligence Communities
  • Seminar in Sensitive Evaluation, Techniques, Safegaurds, and Countermeasures
  • Cross-Impact Analysis: National Security Future Issues
  • National Security: Issues in Deception
  • The Structure of National Security Decisions
  • The Economics of National Security
  • Achieving Excellence in National Security Administration
  • A Study of Designated Approving Authorities Criteria
  • System Administration in Information Systems Security
  • Information Systems Security Officers
  • Information System Approval and Certification
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction I:Chemical&Biological Agents
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction II:Radiological Agents
  • Research Project II
  • National Security Internship II
  • Independent Study
  • Thesis II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Classes are offered in three trimesters in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, with an abbreviated summer session.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Admission to the University of New Haven Graduate School requires that applicants hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from a foreign institution that is recognized by its jurisdictional Ministry of Education for granting baccalaureate degrees. Individual programs may have additional requirements for admission, details of which are included in the program listings in this catalog. For most programs, admission decisions are based primarily on an applicant’s undergraduate record.

A prospective student who is currently completing undergraduate study should submit an official transcript complete to the date of application. In such cases, an admission decision may be made on the basis of a partial transcript, contingent upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Registration is not permitted until a final, official transcript is submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), GMAT, PRAXIS, or the Miller Analogies Test in support of their application.

Students applying to certain programs are required to have test scores from such examinations sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate Admissions Office. Information regarding specific requirements for submission of test scores is contained in the program descriptions elsewhere in this catalog.

Admission of International Students

University of New Haven graduate programs are open to qualified international students. To qualify, a prospective student must have completed sufficient undergraduate preparation in a degree program acceptable to the Graduate School. The Graduate School operates on a trimester system. The fall term begins in early September, the winter term begins in early January, and the spring term begins in early April.

Because the review of international applications takes considerable time, it is important that the application and supporting materials be received by the Graduate Admissions Office prior to the deadlines outlined in the international student information packet.

U.S. Immigration regulations require that a person holding student status make satisfactory progress toward a degree. This requires full-time study, which is generally interpreted to mean completing at least three courses (9 credits) each trimester. Prospective international students should note that graduate certificates, the Executive MBA, the mechanical engineering master’s program, and the human nutrition master’s program are not designed to permit full-time study. Also, the programs in the Education Department do not accept international student applications.

To apply for admission to the Graduate School and to be ready to begin study, prospective international students must complete the steps outlined in the following section.

International Application Process

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1.A completed application form and the appropriate application fee.

2.Two letters of recommendation.

3.Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed. Applicants may be asked to provide substantiation of courses taken, grades received, and/or the academic reputation of the undergraduate school within the educational system of the country in which the school is located. A certified English translation must accompany non-English transcripts.

4.Proof of English proficiency. This must consist of one of the following:

a.The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT). The official score report must be sent directly from the testing service/site to the Graduate Admissions Office. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 is also acceptable. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
Students whose TOEFL score is less than 80 IBT or whose IELTS score is less than 6.5 are required to take and pass E 600 English Language Workshop in the first term of enrollment at the Graduate School.

b.The Pearson Test of English with a minimum score of 53 is acceptable. The Pearson is managed by Language Testing (LT), a division of Pearson Education Ltd. The International Test of English Proficiency , iTEP score of 3.7 is also acceptable, iTEP is an innovative, Internet-based English assessment tool developed by Boston Educational Services.

c.Proof of completion of Level 112 in an ELS Language Center program (visitwww.els.edufor information).

d.Proof of completion of the Advanced Level from any of the USA-based Kaplan English Programs (

e.Proof that undergraduate academic instruction and courses were completed using the English language.

5.Financial documentation. International students must provide verification of sufficient funds for study and living expenses for 12 months. This verification must be one of the following:

a.Completed UNH Financial Statement of International Students and bank statement.

b.Current official scholarship letter.
The University of New Haven does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.

6.Acceptance fee of $300. This nonrefundable fee must be paid before immigration documents (Form I-20 for students entering the United States on F-1 visas or DS-2019 for J-1 students) are issued. This fee is not credited toward tuition and is not required in advance from scholarship students.

7.Medical forms. Entering students must comply with health requirements by submitting the following forms required by the UNH Health Services Office:

a.Measles/Rubella Immunization Form (required of all students)

b.Health Examination Report (required of full-time students).

Visa documents (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) are issued only after a student has submitted all required materials, has been accepted in a program of study, has provided acceptable proof of English proficiency and financial status, and has paid the $300 acceptance fee.

Tuition Fee

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    870 USD/credit
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  • National Applies to you

    870 USD/credit
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Graduate Tuition, per credit - $870

Living costs for New Haven

1,380 - 2,110 USD/month
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There are 3 types of loan programs for Graduate students:

  • Federal Direct Student Loan - A federal loan where the student is the borrower. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (5 credits each trimester) to be considered for the Federal Student Loan.
  • Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan - A credit based federal loan where the student is the borrower. Students may borrow up to theCost of Attendanceminus any financial aid the student is receiving. A credit-worthy endorser (co-signer) may be required by the lender. Students must first have their eligibility determined for the Federal Direct Student Loan before borrowing the Graduate PLUS loan.
  • Private Alternative Loans - These are private credit based loans where the student is the borrower and may require a credit worthy co-signer. Students should maximize their federal loan eligibility before applying for a private loan.

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