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Enroll in the HSEP master’s program to advance your career and serve your community. The threats of modern society don’t stop, so why should you? Apply today and put your new skills into action immediately.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Early Decision Application Deadline
Priority Application Deadline
Final Submit Application Deadline
Fall 2023
May 26, 2023
June 29, 2023
July 14, 2023
Early Decision Application Deadline
Priority Application Deadline
Final Submit Application Deadline
Spring 2024
October 9, 2023
November 6, 2023
December 4, 2023

How To Apply

It’s easy to apply for your master’s in HSEP.

Click here to apply to the HSEP program.

Explain why you are pursuing a master’s in HSEP from VCU Wilder School.

Work and volunteer history should demonstrate a commitment to service.

Demonstrate completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Your personal and professional references should illustrate your capacity for graduate study.

*Applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores.

Tuition & Fees

Part Time Full Time
36 Credits In State
In State
Out of State
Out of State

* VCU reserves the right to adjust tuition costs when deemed necessary. The VCU Board of Trustees sets official fees in June/July of each year.

* Fees and tuition costs displayed hereinabove are calculated using the following assumptions: (i) In-State and Out-of-State part-time students consume 2 courses (or 6 credits) each term for 6 terms in pursuit of the degree; (ii) In-State and Out-of-State full-time students consume 3 courses (or 9 credits) each term for 4 terms in pursuit of the degree.

About VCU’s Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides a variety of services to help students afford higher education via grants, scholarships, work-study employment and loans. The Office of Financial Aid administers and distributes funds from federal, state, institutional and private sources. One-on-one appointments are available to students, their parents, faculty and staff. Financial aid funds are applied first to the student’s university bill. Refunds are generated when financial aid exceeds university charges.

VCU uses all available funds to help students gain access to a college education. Eligibility for financial aid varies depending on a student’s academic and financial circumstances. In most cases, each student will qualify for some form of financial assistance.

Code of Conduct

Virginia Commonwealth University is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). As a member of NASFAA, VCU’s Office of Financial Aid employees abide by the Statement of Ethical Principles. NASFAA has developed a Code of Conduct in response to changing business practices in the student loan industry. Visit the NASFAA website for more information.

Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Return on Investment

Graduates from master’s programs like ours often find employment in a range of positions across industries. Below are national average salaries for some of these positions. As each graduate is unique, you should evaluate your personal goals after graduation in order to assess your earning potential.

Cybersecurity Consultant$86,504 2
Information Security Analyst$99,730 1
Computer and Information Systems Manager$146,360 1
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army$71,494 3
Captain, U.S. Army$81,226 3
Major, U.S. Army$109,723 3
Disaster and Emergency Response
Disaster Program Specialist$58,804 3
Emergency Manager$72,733 2
Emergency Management Director$100,050 1
Supply Chain Business Operations Specialist$52,357 2
Operations Analyst$54,250 3
Operations Research Analyst$84,810 1
First Responders
Firefighter$50,850 1
Police Officer$65,170 1
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$86,030 1
Public Health
Community Outreach Coordinator$45,000 3
Social and Community Service Manager$65,320 1
Medical and Health Services Managers$100,980 1
Homeland Security
Protective Service Worker Supervisor$51,930 1
Border Patrol Officer$66,565 2
Intelligence Analyst$97,866 2


Learn more about Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness careers here.

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Bachelor’s degree is required to attend; Applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores.

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