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Master of Science in Security Studies

The Security Studies Program at East Carolina University is pleased to announce the availability of a Master of Science in Security Studies (MSSS).

The unique characteristics of the MSSS include:
Ability to complete the degree online
Exposure to a wide variety of perspectives on security due to the interdisciplinary format
Examination of security both domestically and internationally
Study of both threats and responses to them and the challenges these pose to governments

The major goals of the program are to develop student critical thinking about security issues within a changing environment and to instill graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to gain professional employment in a security-related field. The program thus seeks to integrate knowledge from a variety of fields-criminal justice, public administration, political science, environmental health and safety, the natural sciences, computer technology, etc.,- to develop a holistic approach to the study of security and the development of responses to security threats. The program is professional in nature-designed to develop skills for future policy analysts and program administrators, but would also be good preparation for entrance into a relevant PhD program.

Master of Science in Security Studies Printable Brochure
Spring 2018 Course Listing for Graduate Classes in Security Studies
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Distance Education at ECU

Degree Requirements
The program is focused on four areas of emphasis: international security, homeland security policy, science and technology security, and environmental health and occupational safety. The MSSS requires 36 semester hours of graduate work, composed of a required core of five courses, an internship, a four-course area of emphasis in one of the above-listed areas, and a thesis or non-thesis option.

The Core Courses will be offered in a Distance Education format to enable security professionals to engage in the program without being on campus. The international security and homeland security policy areas of emphasis can be completed via distance education. If a course in the area of emphasis is offered face-to-face one semester, students may opt to take it on campus. Otherwise, they will have to either select another course or wait for that class to be offered again in a Distance Education format.

Prospective students should be aware that the Science and Technology Security and Environmental Health and Occupational Safety areas of emphasis do not guarantee that you can get the coursework enrolling strictly as a distance education student. Furthermore, the area of emphasis in these programs may exceed the minimum 12-credit requirement due to the student's need to have completed prerequisites or the numbers of credit hours associated with specific courses. Students interested in these areas of emphasis are encouraged to contact the relevant department to receive further information about their offerings.

Core Requirements:
SECS 6000 Security Studies Foundations
SECS 6155 Changing Nature of National Security Policy
SECS 6250 Policy and Practice of Security
SECS 6300 Research Methods for Security Studies
SECS 6350 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
SECS 6450 Internship
SECS 7000 Thesis or Non-Thesis option*

All students must also successfully pass a comprehensive exam.

In addition, all candidates must complete one 12-credit hour Area of Emphasis, selecting from: International Security; Homeland Security Policy; Science and Technology Security; Environmental Health and Occupational Safety.

A full listing of the courses for the Areas of Emphasis is found in the MSSS Brochure

*Students may choose to bypass the thesis option by taking two additional courses (6 credits) in their Area of Emphasis. Students selecting the thesis option must complete a minimum of 6 sh of thesis coursework. Students pursuing the area of emphasis in Science and technology security, computer science specialization must combine SECS 7000 Thesis (3 s.h.) with CSCI 7000 Thesis (3 s.h.) for the total of 6 hours of thesis.

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