Program Requirements

Students must complete 30 units of coursework in an officially approved program of study as outlined in the five sections below. Students must earn a minimum grade point average of B (3.0) in the program and no less than a C in each course.

30 units Graduate Program Requirements (starting Fall 2018)
15 units Core Courses     (3 units each required course)
6 units Homeland Security Electives     (choose two)
3 units Non-Homeland Security Electives     (choose one)
3 units Study Abroad     (choose one)

All homeland security graduate students are required to complete a homeland security-related study abroad experience with the pre-approved and written consent of the program adviser:

  • Homeland Security Study Abroad
  • Border Security: The Case of Mexico
  • CSU Study Abroad Program
  • SDSU Exchange/Travel Study Program
  • Special study, or research conducted abroad
3 units Thesis/Project or Examination     (choose one)
HSEC 799A: Thesis (Plan A) HSEC 790: Project (Plan B)

Traditional written thesis, presented orally before a Committee. May be submitted for academic publication to further career goals.

Comprehensive Examination -- usually a presentation of major project done by student.