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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply to the Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University?

The best way to apply is online though our online application process. You can also request a paper application by contacting the Admission's Office at 631-287-8010 or clicking on the above link. Please mail the paper application to:

Office of Admissions
LIU Riverhead
Long Island University Building
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, New York 11901-3499

2. What is required to apply to Homeland Security Management Institute of LIU Riverhead?

Graduate students applying for the Advanced Certificate or Master's degree must complete and submit an Application for Admission (online or paper version) to the Homeland Security Management Institute of LIU Riverhead. The required credentials for your admissions file are as follows:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement or Essay. The essay should address your reasons for pursuing the HSMI graduate program, your career aspirations and professional experience.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for further information at 631-287-8010 or

3. Are there financial aid and scholarship opportunities available?

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarship and student loans. All students are evaluated for scholarships at the time of admission to the Homeland Security Management Institute. Our students receive scholarship based on academic achievement, merit and alumni status. Certain employment groups and members of various unions/professional organizations are automatically awarded the Homeland Security Management Scholarship, a one-third tuition discount. LIU Riverhead also is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for military personnel. For a full listing of scholarships, please visit the Homeland Security Management Institute Financial Assistance and Scholarships web page.

4. How do I find out more information about the Master of Science degree and Advanced Certificate programs offered by the Homeland Security Management Institute?

You can request information for the Homeland Security Management Institute by completing an online inquiry and information will be mailed to you. See the Homeland Security Management link on left-hand of this page and click on the Request More Information link.

Prospective students are also welcome to attend any upcoming Open House event or contact the Admission's Office directly at
631-287-8010 or by emailing

5. Are the GRE or GMAT entrance exams required?

The GRE and the GMAT are not required to apply for the Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University. Our Admission's Committee has found that the review of an applicant's professional background, experience and career history as well as his or her undergraduate and previous graduate academic record is a more accurate predictor of success in our program than the GRE or GMAT score.

6. Is the Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University curriculum delivered entirely online?

The Homeland Security Management Institute courses are delivered entirely online. HSMI courses have no in-residence requirement and students never have to attend an in-person class or visit a Long Island University campus. HSMI's graduate program and academic policies are built around the needs of the busy Homeland Security professionals who comprise the majority of our students. The courses are delivered in an asynchronous online format that accommodates the variable schedules and changing professional commitments of students regardless of their location, time zone, or schedule. This format enables HSMI to include colleagues with various and specialized skills from across the nation and around the world, thus enhancing the quality of education by broadening the range of perspectives and experiences represented.

7. Which organizations accredit the Homeland Security Management Institute programs?

The Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University is registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

8. What type of computer software is required and what level of computer skills do I need to succeed it the program?

Students are expected to be proficient and able to perform basic computer functions including email, Internet browsing, download/installation of software, word processing, file saving, file management, and backup.

To properly access our Blackboard platform and participate in our courses, students are required to have a high-speed Internet connection (DSL/Cable) and access to a modern fully-updated browser (Internet Explorer is acceptable although Mozilla Firefox is highly recommended). Students must also have Microsoft Office 2000 or greater (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and Acrobat Reader (free download) to view PDF documents.

The HSMI also advises all students to maintain proper anti-virus protection with a program such as McAfee or Norton.