The Master of Arts in Security Management provides advanced-level knowledge of asset protection, loss prevention management, security program evaluation, international security, and security management ethics and administration. This online master's degree offers you the opportunity to examine and analyze the principles, theories, and application of security management. Because security threats come from multiple online and offline sources, knowledgeable employees are needed in all industries to help develop security plans, and protect data and other valuable organizational assets. This online master’s program helps prepare you for career advancement in security management in federal or local government, military service, law enforcement, and private security.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Recognize and critically analyze the various forms of liability associated with the security management industry.
  • Provide cost-effective measures for architectural security design for facilities, airport security, and critical infrastructures.
  • Integrate and adapt security concepts and services from traditional approaches to address vulnerabilities to new technologies.
  • Evaluate the technologies of security systems, information security, and asset protection methodologies, and construct a reasonable view through critical thinking to draw logical conclusions towards objective perspectives.
  • Assess the security function as it pertains to complex specializations in safety, safeguarding sensitive assets, and conducting vulnerability assessments.
  • Relate and associate historical, economic, equity and social perspectives of security measures and associate them to contemporary needs of protection and loss prevention.
  • Apply the principles of scientific management to security management as a unique discipline.
  • Apply the concepts of professional and ethical behavior to security programs and organizations.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements18
Major Requirements15
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (18 semester hours)

SCMT507Assets Protection & Loss Prevention Management 13
SSGS500Research Design and Methods3
SCMT508Evaluation of Security Programs3
SCMT509Contemporary Issues in Security Management3
SCMT510Security Management Ethics3
SCMT553Security Program Administration3
Total Semester Hours18

Major Requirements (15 semester hours)

Select 5 courses from the following:15
Cases in Executive Decision Making
Homeland Security and Defense
International Terrorism
Protective Services
Computer Crime
Industrial Espionage
Security Architecture
Airport Security Design
Internship Program
Independent Study
Total Semester Hours15

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:3
Security Management Capstone 1
Master's Project Capstone Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours3