Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security / Agricultural Biosecurity & Food Defense
Pennsylvania State University

Program Details

There are a variety of threats to our agriculture and food supply chain that occur naturally or are man-made, causing illness or loss of life, generating fear, causing economic loss, and creating social instability. The online MPS in Homeland Security / Agricultural Biosecurity & Food Defense degree program from Pennsylvania State University provides students with foundational knowledge in the following areas, so they may combat these threats:

  • Plant, animal, and food security issues
  • Surveillance systems for infectious diseases
  • Diagnostic and sensor technologies
  • Disease-predictive models
  • Protection and mitigation approaches
  • Microbial forensic capabilities


  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Three references
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores or meet one of the following criteria:
    • 3.00 undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) either overall or of the last 60 credits
    • 2+ years of professional work experience
    • 3.00 GPA upon completion of graduate certificate
    • Successful completion of a graduate or professional degree

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education