Homeland Security

The rise in terrorist activity and natural disasters in recent years has intensified the importance of and need for homeland security in the United States and abroad. Today, it plays an expanding and dynamic role in virtually every business and government institution. The Homeland Security specialization is designed for leaders in the private and public sectors interested in analyzing homeland security and crisis planning from a business perspective.

Explore how the field of homeland security has evolved, as well as the global implications it has on how an organization operates, internally and externally. From the principles of global terrorism to risk-based analysis strategies and emerging organizational and policy challenges, gain the insight and knowledge you need to confidently address organizational security issues, mitigate risk, and protect business infrastructure through critical thinking and applied research.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 49 semester credits
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core business course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Business strategy course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Research methods courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Mentoring (4 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral studies courses (minimum 15 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • 8 days of academic residency (two 4-day residencies)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8006 Course Contemporary Challenges in Business Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Core Business Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8151 Course Organizational Leadership: Doctoral Theory and Practice Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Business Strategy Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8161 Course Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Research Method Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8300 Course Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology for Applied Business Research Credits (4 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8303 Course Qualitative and Case Study Methodology for Business Analysis Research Credits (4 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8307B Course Quantitative Business Data Analysis Using SPSS Credits (4 sem. cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8590 Course Impact of Homeland Security Policies on Business Continuity Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8591 Course Homeland Security—Business Planning Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8592 Course Business Infrastructure Vulnerability Analysis Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Studies Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8101 Course Doctoral Study Mentoring Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 9001 Course Doctoral Study Completion Credits (3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8001 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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