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Master of Science

MS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security Administration

We must take steps to ensure the safety and security of our homeland. TU’s homeland security program is one of the best in the nation. With our faculty’s expertise and commitment, you can explore contemporary security including current threats, strategic planning, budget & finance, policy formulation, leadership and ethical issues and practices. Only then will you be able to foresee risks and resolve threats before they grow into crises.

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Bringing The Real World Into The Classroom

Tiffin University’s Master of Science (MS) degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in homeland security administration, is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience. Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections. This is as real as it gets!

 

What Is TU’s MS?

The Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school's talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.

 

The Homeland Security Concentration

The homeland security administration concentration will be beneficial to students who wish to advance their career in the homeland security field. Specifically, students seeking to advance and be promoted into leadership and administrative roles within the homeland security field in the future. Finally, graduates of this program may be qualified to teach criminal justice courses in community colleges or may be eligible to advance to a Ph.D. program.

As a student in the program, you will develop a broad foundation of knowledge as it relates to homeland security administration in the 21st century, including current threats, strategic planning, budget & finance, policy formulation, leadership, and ethical issues and practices. This applied foundation of knowledge, coupled with your refined
leadership and communication skills, will assist you in assuming leadership roles in the homeland security field. 

Throughout the program, you will:

  • Examine legal and ethical issues in order to practice legal and ethical integrity in your professional work
  • Gain exposed to and have an understanding of homeland security issues from a global perspective
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, pragmatically and strategically in the completion of a capstone project that will apply your learning to specific homeland security administration issues and challenges in your workplace and professional settings

The program will culminate in a Leadership & Application Capstone Project. The goal of this course is to ensure that you are able to synthesize the knowledge, skills and understanding you have gained through course work, and are able to apply your skills and acquired knowledge in carrying out a project that demonstrates application to the homeland security field.

 

Transfer Credit Opportunity

For the MS in CJ in Homeland Security Administration prospective students, who have completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Certification (CLEE), may receive up to three (3) credit hours of transfer credit into this program.

Homeland Security Administration Concentration 30 hours

  • JUS510 Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends
  • JUS515 Research Design and Analysis
  • JUS520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justices
  • JUS526 Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security
  • JUS612 Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination
  • ENF520 The Intelligence Community
  • ENF575 Focus Areas in Homeland Security Administration
  • ENF620 Policy Formulation & Analysis in Homeland Security
  • ENF625 Federal Budgeting for Homeland Security Administrators
  • ENF685 Leadership and Practical Application in HSA (Capstone)

Total MS in CJ 30 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

The Intelligence Community (ENF520) - Provides an examination of the creation and continuing evolution of the US Intelligence Community (IC) in the post 9/11 era. The IC’s missions, responsibilities and legal authorities will be explored. Students will hold an in-depth discussion on the IC’s successes, failures, and purported controversies. An assignment using the entire intelligence cycle will be developed throughout the course; students will present their findings and develop follow on intelligence requirements based on evaluations from their peers.

Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination (JUS612) - In an increasingly complex world, leaders and administrators in criminal justice and homeland security agencies need skills that will enable them to successfully prepare and use a strategic plan. Students in this course will address the fundamentals of strategic planning: what it is, why it is important, how it is done, who should be involved, and why many organizations struggle with it. The focus will be on community and interagency strategic planning because a successful strategic plan for a criminal justice agency is firmly rooted in community needs and priorities. The course will also focus on the importance of mission-focused collaboration in the strategic planning process as it specifically relates to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS was created through the integration of all or part of 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified integrated department. The concepts of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration will be used to address alignment of people, resources, and processes to the agency mission, vision and purpose of the organization.

Focus Areas in Homeland Security Administration (ENF575) - The purpose of this course is to prepare Homeland Security professionals to analyze, interpret and understand various policies and procedures related to the management and administration of Homeland Security affairs. Through evaluation and discussion of a wide range of multidisciplinary topics and issues, students will gain an appreciation for the threats, vulnerabilities and hazards which face Homeland Security practitioners. Students will also learn to identify and engage appropriate assets, capabilities and resources to mitigate and remediate these threats. Civil liberty protections guaranteed to us by the Constitution have a bearing on U.S. Homeland Security policy, and this course will examine the delicate balance of civil-military relations and the impact of Federalism, States’ Rights and Tribal Sovereignty on the preparation for, response to and recovery from man-made and natural disasters. The course will review policies and procedures related to Homeland Security grants, disaster declarations and other financial and operational crisis response resources. Additionally, students will be introduced to the importance of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) in the planning and preparation for all-hazards events. Finally, the course will examine assessment criteria and resources available to Homeland Security professionals responsible for Critical Infrastructure Protection activities.

Policy Formulation & Analysis in Homeland Security (ENF620) - Details the research and planning process leading to the formulation of homeland security policy which enhances the preparedness, protection and collaborative response efforts and capabilities between the local, state and federal government against terrorist based incidents. Participants will research, develop and evaluate homeland security policy that effect the U.S on a domestic and international level.

Leadership & Practical Application in Homeland Security Administration (ENF685) - This course will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesize the knowledge gained through the balance of the program in a capstone seminar. Students will be provided a series of contemporary case studies for their analysis, in critical areas such as homeland security legal and regulatory authorities, risk assessment, strategic planning, budget formulation, program planning, and program assessment with the intent of understanding how such functional areas of administration are currently applied in the homeland security enterprise, to what effect, and under what limitations. They will then pursue a capstone project in which, as individuals or teams, they will evaluate a pressing homeland security policy issue, and conduct analysis required to develop a comprehensive proposal for operational application, including all aspects of its implementation and management. In general, this course is intended to provide students the opportunity to evaluate the reality of homeland security policy development and administration, and how it exists in an open, ill-defined, and still maturing environment. Through their own original analysis, writing and oral presentation, the students will also gain an appreciation for how such open questions of homeland security policy development can be addressed through innovation, collaboration, and persistence.

Faculty

Charles White
Charles White

Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.

WhiteCM@tiffin.edu
419-448-3500

Assistant Professor Criminal Justice

Department Chair CJNS Undergraduate Online/Off-Campus / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., Cleveland State University
  • M.S., University of Cincinnati
  • Ph.D., Capella University

Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.

Dr. Charles “Mike” White currently works as an associate professor at Tiffin University. He is a certified polygraph examiner with specialties not only in polygraph examination but also in training and advising local and international police officers. Dr. White developed the search and seizure training for United Nations officers in Liberia West Africa and assisted in the development of curriculum at the Baghdad Police College in Iraq. He is a former detective as the Norwalk Ohio police department and served 8 years as the chief of the Monroeville Ohio police department. Dr. White was also served as the in country program director for American Rule of Law team in Liberia West Africa.

White has published articles on cost-benefit analysis and police ethics. He also in an interested in the effect of education on policing as well as interviewing and interrogation, having completed studies in both areas. He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University and his master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. White received his PhD from Capella University.

Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Criminal Justice
Charles (Mike) White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Criminal Justice
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

CJSS Internship Coordinator

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D. Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement.  Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations.  She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local police department and works as a patrolman from time to time.  She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness.  She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

LewisMR@tiffin.edu
419-448-3305

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Executive Director of Crime Scene House

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Myers University, Criminal Justice
  • M.S., Tiffin University, Criminal Justice Administration
  • Walden University, Policy and Public Administration (ABD)

Michael Lewis

Michael R. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Prior to this appointment, Lewis retired as a police officer in Northeast Ohio where he served in various positions including the detective bureau, patrol division, swat unit, and hostage negotiations unit. Throughout his career as a distinguished lawman, Lewis received extensive administrative and tactical leadership training through the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy, Metro Dade Swat Unit, Def-Tech, Secret Service, and the FBI. He also has an extensive working background in grant writing, policy, and procedural development. As a former Swat Commander he wrote policy and has evaluated international tactical commands. Lewis is a certified Hostage Negotiator and has experience in peacefully resolving many critical incidents.

Additionally, Professor Lewis has taught and lectured extensively at various police academies and specializes in civil disturbances and riot control techniques. He maintains certifications and professional affiliations in the law enforcement community. Lewis proudly served as a Gunner's Mate in the United States Navy.

Professor Lewis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Management, and is completing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Homeland Security.

He has always valued the importance of formal education and has committed himself to a life of learning, growth, and public service. Additionally, Lewis was selected and successfully completed The Harvard University Kennedy School of Executive Leadership Program. He also attended the specialization program of Crisis Leadership at Harvard.

Lewis is a Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist through the Anti- Terrorism Accreditation Board and provides consulting services to the Department of Homeland Security. He also completed the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Program at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

He has lectured nationally about current homeland security issues and has appeared on IGTV in New York City, Blog Talk Radio, and National Public Radio Shows as a guest speaker and contributor.

Michael Lewis
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Michael Lewis
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Craig Stapley
Craig Stapley

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.

stapleycs@tiffin.edu

Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., in Political Science, University of Oklahoma
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., in Japanese, Brigham Young University

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.

Dr. Stapley has been involved in the field of security studies for over 15 years and in International Relations and Comparative Politics for over 25 years. In that time, he has travelled extensively, spending time in Japan, China, the Soviet Union (in 1989), and Israel. He has also worked in government and casualty insurance fields.

Dr. Stapley received his B.A. in Japanese from Brigham Young University and was working in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh staged the Oklahoma City Terrorist Bombing. Based on that experience and others, he returned to school to pursue graduate work. He completed a Master of Public Administration in 2001 and a Doctorate in Political Science with an emphasis on terrorist targeting from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

Dr. Stapley taught at the University of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2004 as a Graduate Teaching Associate, teaching independent classes of American Government and International Relations in both traditional and online settings. He then taught at Kansas State University from 2005 to 2016 in traditional, online and video teleconference settings. While at Kansas State, he also directed the graduate program in Security Studies. Also while at Kansas State University, Dr. Stapley guest-lectured and conducted classes at the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tiffin University. Dr. Stapley also has an unusual teaching background including teaching English as a Second Language as well as university classes in dance.

Dr. Stapley has presented scholarship at The Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and at professions conferences including the International Studies Association, the Peace Science Society, and the Southwest Social Science Association Conference.

His scholarship has appeared in such peer reviewed journals as the Open Journal of Political Science (2014), Journal of Politics (2014), International Interactions (2014), Global Security Studies (2012), and Contemporary Security Policy (2006). He has also contributed to the edited volumes Terrorism’s Unanswered Questions (2008), and The Handbook of Security (2006). Dr. Stapley has also published book reviews in the American Political Science Association Legislative Studies Section (2001).

Dr. Stapley has been a member of the editorial board of the refereed journal Global Security Studies as well as Research Associate at the Consortium for Small Arms Research, and Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He has won and been nominated for University wide awards for teaching and advising.

Craig Stapley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism
Craig Stapley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security and Terrorism
Scott Blough
Scott Blough

Scott Blough

BloughS@tiffin.edu
419-448-3330

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

Executive Director of Center for Cyber Defense

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • M.S., Tiffin University

Scott Blough

Professor Scott Blough (CISSP) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies at Tiffin University, where he specializes in policy development, corrections, international crime, terrorism, and cyber defense. Professor Blough has authored numerous publications on international justice and corrections issues and consults on justice policy, prison and jail design, security, and technology application in justice. His publications include : "Mental Illness and Crime", 21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook (2009);"Sheriffs", Encyclopedia of Criminology (2005); and "The Standards and Accreditation Approach to Professionalizing Jails", Key Correctional Issues (2008).

Prior to this appointment, Professor Blough served as the Chief of the Bureau of Adult Detention in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, where he had oversight of over 250 jails throughout Ohio. Professor Blough wrote the Minimum Standards for Jails in Ohio, which are the administrative rules governing jail operations in Ohio. Professor Blough also served as a lieutenant on the Marion (Ohio) Police Department, where he conducted numerous gang, drug, and gambling investigations. He supervised a multi-jurisdictional gambling task force and successfully investigated and prosecuted the two largest embezzlement cases in Marion’s history. He has been a featured lecturer for the National Institute of Corrections; South Carolina Gang Investigators Association; Ohio Community Corrections Association; Southwest Ohio Information Technology Association; National Association of Government Archives and Records Association; Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association; Criminal Justice Facilities Planning and Management Conference; Ohio Jail Administrator’s annual conference; and the National Sheriffs Association.

Professor Blough was also a featured speaker in Romania, where he lectured on developing standards for adult and juvenile incarceration and probation. In addition to the aforementioned presentations, Professor Blough has consulted on numerous physical security projects in large metropolitan areas.

Scott Blough
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Scott Blough
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

Testimonials

  • "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

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    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

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    -Caleb Reynolds '15

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    - Ygor Bortolato, Brazil

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