Henley-Putnam University

2804 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054

School Details

Planners of Henley-Putnam University, founded in 1991, spent years developing a mission for the distance learning University to educate professionals for work in the strategic security industry. Little did the University understand that in 2001 the attack on 9-11 would further heighten the need for such an institution. Today, Henley-Putnam prepares students for careers in law enforcement, the military, and intelligence with a focus in the “fields of intelligence management, counterterrorism studies, and strategic security and protection management.” The University confers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and a Doctorate degree, along with Certificate programs. The University also supports a Spanish Foreign Language Program and General Education coursework to prepare students for Bachelor’s degrees at Henley-Putnam.

Henley-Putnam University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and has applied for Eligibility from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Henley-Putnam also retains multiple memberships, including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative, and the Higher Education Transfer Alliance. In addition, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has awarded Henley-Putnam full institutional approval.

Students can choose from the following degree options:

Bachelor’s Degree

  •     Intelligence Management
  •     Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies
  •     Strategic Security and Protection Management
Within each Bachelor’s degree program students can opt to focus on three out of five core areas. The Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies program offers emphasis opportunities, like Extremist and Terrorist Groups and Cyber/Information Security, while students enrolled in Intelligence Management may pursue Collection Management and Intel Operations. The Strategic Security and Protection Management degree allows students to specialize in fields, like Corporate Security and Threat Assessment.

Master’s Degrees
  •     Intelligence Management
  •     Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies
  •     Strategic Security and Protection Management
Students enrolled in a Master’s degree complete a set of required courses, two elective courses, in addition to choosing two areas of emphasis. An Intelligence Management student can study Counterintelligence and Analysis, while the Terrorism and Counterterrorism degree specializes in topics, like Extremist Organizations and Cyber/Information Security. The Strategic Security and Protection Management degree offers five areas of emphasis, including Corporate Security and Protective Operations.

Doctorate (DSS)
  •     Strategic Security
The Doctorate program was designed for “governmental, law enforcement, military and corporate leaders, and Chief Security Officers” in order to enhance competence and skills in strategic security. Coursework, like Advanced Business Communications and Advanced Strategic Security Analysis and Critique, is combined with a written dissertation that will ultimately be defended in an oral presentation.

  •     Counterterrorism
  •     Intelligence and Terrorism Profiling
  •     Intelligence Analysis
  •     Strategic Intelligence
  •     Intelligence Collection
  •     Security Management
  •     Executive Protection
Students enrolled in the Certificate programs progress through unique levels that begin with a focus on basic skills, like critical thinking and research to more advanced requirements in the senior level, like Analytical Methods and studies of Islamism and Terrorism.

Like traditional schools, admissions requirements vary by degree level and are program specific.
  •     Admissions criteria for a Bachelor’s degree includes:  the application, a minimum completion of 15 units of approved/accredited college level transfer credits with a 2.0/4.0 minimum GPA, official transcripts, additional documentation, like professional training for qualifying credits, and a background check authorization form.
  •     Admissions criteria for a Master’s degree includes:  the application, submission of proof of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, evidence of other eligible transfer credit, and a background check authorization form.
  •     Admissions criteria for the Doctorate degree includes: a prerequisite of five years experience in Strategic Strategy, an initial interview from an Admissions Coordinator, the submission of the application, official transcripts, and the background check authorization form, along with a sample of academic writing (thesis), and an interview with the Dean of the Doctoral Program in Strategic Security. Applicants for the Doctoral program must have a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree and 30 graduate-level semester hours in Strategic Security or a related field from an approved institution.
For all programs, prerequisite coursework may be required and International Students will need to provide added information, including proof of English proficiency. Henley-Putnam measures coursework credits by quarter units and each class equals 4.5 quarter credits.The University recognizes and evaluates prior professional experience, training, including military training, along with advanced placement tests, such as ACE and CLEP in order to grant students possible transfer credits. Admissions criteria to the Certificate programs are also level specific and all students beginning the program must have a high school or equivalent degree and be at least 18 years old. Students entering the entry-level must have a grade “C” or better and have satisfactorily completed an accredited college level course in written communication, while entry to the upper level programs requires progression from the entry level program or a Bachelor’s degree.

All programs and courses are delivered “100% online.” Henley-Putnam University operates on a 10-week quarter system with classes beginning at the first of each month for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, and quarterly class starts for the Doctorate degree. Students that complete 2 classes per quarter should be able to earn a Bachelor’s degree in about 2.5 years, a Master’s degree in 2 years, and a Doctorate degree in 3 years including a year for the dissertation. Henley-Putnam University provides online support services, including mentoring, an eClassroom library, assistance through programs like SMARTHINKING and Program Assistants, and Academic Advisement.

Tuition at Henley-Putnam University is based on quarter units.

Bachelor’s Degree
  •     Lower division:  $160 per quarter unit, $720 per course
  •     Upper division:  $264 per quarter unit, $1,188 per course
  •     Estimated total cost including books: $25,700
Master’s Degree
  •     $349 per quarter unit, $1,570.50 per course
  •     Estimated total cost including books:  $26,500
  •     $375 per quarter unit, $1,687.50 per course (with the exception of the dissertation which equals 22.5 units)
  •     Estimated total cost including books:  $35,950
Certificate Programs
  •     Entry-level: $5,500 total cost including books
  •     Mid-level:  $6,900 total cost including books
  •     Senior-level:  $6,900 total cost including books
Henley-Putnam University works closely with the military and maintains affiliations with the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, the Council of College and Military Educators, the United States Marine Corps’ Academic Explorer, along with the listing as a Non-LOI University with GoArmyEd. Henley-Putnam supports GI Bills, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill, in addition to partnering with the Active Duty Tuition Assistance program. The University also accommodates flexible schedules for military personnel recognizing interruptions caused by deployments and re-location. Additionally, Henley-Putnam grants transfer credits based on eligible military training and experience.


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