Message from the Director

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute of LIU Riverhead. I thank you for your interest in our graduate programs and ask you to peruse our website.

Our virtual institute offers a fully accredited online 36-credit Master of Science in Homeland Security Management and graduate 15-credit Advanced Certificates in either Cyber Security Policy or Homeland Security Management. Both programs are fully registered with the New York State Education Department. The Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute has been designated by Act of Congress as a DHS Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

The Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute was created to address the growing need for information regarding security, emergency preparedness, and best practices in homeland security that emerged after September 2001. Global events will continue to add to the growing number of career opportunities in public safety and private security fields. A degree or certificate from the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute allows you to stay relevant in seeking leadership and management opportunities in today’s job market.

Our asynchronous classes are designed to allow students to obtain a graduate degree or advanced certificate while juggling work and family commitments. Instructors provide lectures, materials, assignments, and tests that can be accessed at any time. Students are given a time frame during which they need to respond and help is available should a technical problem arise.

The Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute’s instructors are experienced homeland security or homeland defense credentialed professionals. All are able to blend theory with practice to give our students a first-hand introduction to the important field of homeland security.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions concerning how you can become part of our program. I can be reached directly at 631-287-8279 or by email at Thank you again for visiting our website and looking forward to welcoming you to the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute. 


Harvey Wolf Kushner, Ph.D., Director
Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute
Long Island University


LIU Riverhead
Abagail Van Vlerah