Homeland Security Program
|Dr. Jeffrey McIllwain
|Dr. Eric Frost
Please feel free to use the contact form if you have any questions about the Program, or to help provide insight. Jeff's Office Hours will be by appointment (IT-94) and Eric is in the Viz Center (CSL 120) most days. You can set up appointment via email, which generally works best.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to the Graduate Program in Homeland Security.
The HSEC Program offers interdisciplinary graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security. Our Program was the first of its kind in the nation, taking advantage of the unique learning and research opportunities offered by the “living laboratory” that is the San Diego-Baja border region. The HSEC Program provides a vibrant and challenging learning environment where scholarly, educational, and research endeavors are applied to real-world challenges associated with man-made and natural emergencies and critical incidents on the local, national, and global levels. We currently have over 150 active graduate students who bring their diverse professional, disciplinary, and cultural backgrounds into the learning and research processes. We also have a wonderful group of Faculty who mostly volunteer their time and efforts in support of the Program. One of our biggest assets is a robust group of Adjunct Faculty members from many aspects of the professional Homeland Security world who provide extraordinary learning and research collaboration to the Program and its students. Another wonderful blessing to the Program is the involvement of our graduates in the program even after graduating---wonderful compliment that people want to stay associated with school, faculty, staff, and other alumni as well as current students. Our international focus is possible because of the encouragement of the University senior leadership such as Provost Nancy Marlin who is an extraordinary champion of international involvement, especially in Asia and Latin America from our Pacific Rim location. We are also blessed to have wonderful relationships with dozens of agencies, companies, NGOs, and organizations trying to provide solutions to difficult problems in the world. We are also focused on positive solutions such as International Trade Optimization as championed by Assistant Sec. of DHS for International Affairs, Alan Bersin, and his senior advisor, MGEN Michael Lehnert (USMC, ret.).