DANTES External Degree Catalog - Master

New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University
Professional Security Studies Department
2039 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Dr. John W. Collins, Jr., CPP, Chairperson, [Full] Professor, and DSc Coordinator


Toll Free:
(877) 652-8472

(201) 200-2275
(201) 200-2279
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Degrees Awarded

National Security Studies

Background Information

Affiliation: Public
Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
VA Approved: Yes
Servicemembers Opportunity
Colleges (SOC):
Other: American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), National Security Agency (NSA), DHS

Application Requirements

Prior Education: Bachelor Degree
Entrance Examination: GRE, MAT, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT (Waived with 3.3+ UGPA)
School Application Form: On-line or paper (see website)
Other: Acceptance by Admissions Committee.

Graduation Information

Campus Residency: None
Minimum Enrollment: 3 credits (one course)
Other Requirements: Successful completion of coursework and thesis or comprehensive examination, Minimum GPA of 3.0.


Application: $55.00
In-State Tuition: $640.50 per credit (Semester Hour)
Out-of-State Tuition: $640.50 per credit (Semester Hour)
Graduation: None
Transcript: None
Matriculation: $25.00 (one-time fee)
Technology: $100.70 per credit
Other Mandatory: None
Special Fees: None

Credit Cards Accepted

Visa: Yes
MasterCard: No
Discover: Yes
American Express: Yes
Other: None

Financial Aid

Financial Aid (PELL Grant, etc.): Federal Financial Aid Available. GI Bill Eligible. VA Certifying Officer on-campus.

Course Delivery

Print: No
Directed Independent Study: Yes
Video Tape: No
Broadcast Television: No
Computer: Yes
Satellite Television: No
Computer Conferencing: Yes
Email: Yes
Internet: Yes
Audio Tape: No
Fax: Yes
Video Conferencing: No
iPod: Yes
Download Software: Yes
PDA: Yes
Other: Blackboard

Credit Earning Options/Limits

Credits Awarded by Nontraditional Instruction: No
Credits Accepted in Transfer: Yes, maximum of nine graduate credits - must be applicable to degree curriculum.
Credits Awarded by Examination (CLEP, ACT, etc.): No
Credits by Examination Accepted in Transfer: No
Credit for Life Experience: No
Credit for Training (Industry): Yes, maximum of nine graduate credits - must be applicable to degree curriculum.
Credit for Training (Military): Yes, maximum of nine graduate credits - must be applicable to degree curriculum.
Other Credits Awarded
(ACE Guide, PONSI Guide, ELA, etc.):
Yes, maximum of nine graduate credits - must be applicable to degree curriculum.

Program Overview

External Degree Program

This program is available totally on-line through the Internet and Blackboard. The Master of Science degree in National Security Studies focuses on an interdisciplinary set of topics in the area of Security. The degree is designed to provide broad coverage of the major aspects of National, Corporate and Cyber Security, including: threats, intelligence, terrorism, organization and design, interagency cooperation and effective management practices. It provides a rigorous exploration of the research methods and critical issues affecting public health and safety, crisis management and planning, threat assessment and intelligence, strategic planning and design. Depending on the students' interests, they will have the opportunity to explore issues in a diverse program including crisis management and response, national security, international and domestic terrorism, security management, information security, methods of intelligence and research methodology.


Program Requirements (36 Credits)
All programs include the core requirements and specialization credits. For students that chose the thesis and specialized field project option, six additional elective credits (two courses) must be taken. For students that chose the comprehensive exam, twelve additional elective credits (four courses) must be taken.

Core Courses (15 Credits):

SECU 600- National Security (3 credit hours)
SECU 605- Corporate Security (3 credit hours)
SECU-610- Cyber Security (3 credit hours)
SECU 615- Research Methods I (3 credit hours)
SECU 620- Research Methods II (3 credit hours) Pre-requisite: SECU 615- Research Methods I

Specialization (9 Credits):
Must take 9 credits of electives within chosen specialization. Students have the opportunity to specialize in their area of study:

National Security:
SECU 625- Counterintelligence (3 credit hours)
SECU 630- Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups (3 credit hours)
SECU 635- Contemporary Counter-terrorism (3 credit hours

Corporate Security:
SECU 640- Critical Incident Command and Response (3 credit hours)
SECU 645- Corporate Threat Definition and Vulnerability Analysis (3 credit hours)
SECU 650- Organizational Crisis Management (3 credit hours) Pre-requisite: SECU 605 - Critical Incident Command and Response

Cyber Security:
SECU 655- Topics in Computer Security (3 credit hours)
SECU 660- Security and Privacy of Information & Information Systems (3 credit hours)
SECU 665- Information Security Strategy and Policy Development (3 credit hours)

Culminating Experiences (12 Credits):

Masters Thesis (plus 6 additional elective Credits):
SECU 670- Thesis I (3 credit hours)
SECU 675- Thesis II (3 credit hours) Pre-requisite: SECU 670-Thesis I


Specialized Field Project (plus 6 additional elective Credits):
SECU 680- Specialized Field Project (6 credit hours)
The specialized field project must be approved by a faculty committee and the Dean of the College of Professional Studies.


Final Comprehensive Exam (plus 12 additional elective Credits):
SECU 685- Comprehensive Examination (0 credit hours)
The “Final Comprehensive Exam” must be successfully completed after all other course requirements are fulfilled in order to earn the degree.

Effective June 3, 2009, New Jersey City University became a National Center of Academic Excellence, designated jointly by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The designation makes NJCU one of 160 Nation-wide and only one of a handful housed in a security or criminal justice department. This recognition is beyond the first institution of higher education in New Jersey to receive certification for its "Information Systems Security Officers, Standard 4014 (Entry Level) — Under Authority of the National Security Agency," a certification program for information security professionals, from the Committee on National Security Systems. The core cyber security and specialization for a total of four courses leads to this certification.
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