New MA Trains Professionals in Homeland Security

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    The new Executive Masters (MA) in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals will prepare a national cadre of leaders to secure the democracy of the U.S.

Dyson College is pleased to announce the initiation of a new Executive Masters (MA) in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals, developed in response to the events of September 11, 2001. The program “takes the long view” by investing in the education of homeland security leaders and fostering academic research to clarify the myriad issues surrounding homeland defense and security, according to Joseph Ryan, PhD, a 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and chair of Pace’s criminal justice department, who developed the new program.

The goal of the program is to educate and prepare a national cadre of local, state, tribal, and federal leaders to collaborate across professional disciplines and levels of government to secure the nation’s homeland. Participants in the program will work on developing new policies, strategies, and organizational arrangements to prevent and respond to future attacks as well as undertake and enhance daily routine activities associated with their specific agencies to further strengthen this approach. Faculty and students will collaborate on research to continue to define through evidence-based investigations the emerging discipline of homeland security and the curriculum components of graduate and executive-level homeland security education.

Combining Theory and Practice
The MA program is designed for executives in public safety, criminal justice, business continuity, transportation, critical infrastructure protection, public health, intelligence analysis, cyber security, immigration and border occupations, banks, physical security, utilities, and technology. The degree is open to those in both the private and public sectors. The end goal of the MA is to develop an understanding of how to strengthen and provide a concerted and coordinated national effort to prevent crime, disrupt terrorist attacks, protect against human and natural hazards, and to respond to and recover from all such incidents that do occur; in short, it involves all strategies aimed at securing the democracy of the United States of America.

“Vagueness and confusion are best answered with knowledge and understanding. The MA focuses on bridging the gap between what we know and how we do it, between theory and practice, and between what is happening now and what we may face in the future,” said Dr. Ryan.

The program is a collaborative effort with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) University Agency and Partnership Initiative. Located within the Naval Postgraduate School’s School of International Governmental Studies, CHDS was established in 2003 in response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and now offers the nation’s premier master’s degree in security studies (homeland security). As a participant in the University Agency and Partnership Initiative, Pace has access to all CHDS course offerings as well as to its Homeland Security Digital Library.

A Blended Learning Experience
The 36-credit program will be offered beginning in the fall of 2010. The degree will be offered as a blended learning experience. For each course, students will be required to attend one eight-hour day in a classroom on Pace’s Pleasantville campus with the remainder of the course being taught online.

Required courses include “Public Sector Management,” “Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation,” and “U.S. Constitution and Ethical Issues.” Some of the elective courses to be offered are “Intelligence Gathering Strategies for Homeland Security,” “International Human Rights,” and “Psychology and Terrorism/Fear.” Find out more about the curriculum.

Faculty Bring Real-World Experience
Faculty teaching MA courses have extensive and diverse backgrounds and experience in every facet of homeland security. They possess advanced academic degrees and have worked for such agencies including but not limited to, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and state and local police, fire and public health professionals, including faculty with international experience. Pace University faculty from the law, computer science and information systems, and business schools will round out the inter-disciplinary team.

Dr. Ryan is a national expert on community policing and police management related issues and is a member of the American Society of Criminology. He received his PhD in Sociology from Fordham University. Currently, Dr. Ryan is a voting member of Pace University’s Board of Trustees and a visiting professor at the Westchester County Police Academy, serving as a Certified Instructor by the State of New York Municipal Police Training Council.

During his 25 years with the NYCPD, Dr. Ryan was the department’s expert dealing with all evaluation of all levels of police management, as well as the expert on community policing and violence, especially as it relates to spouse, child and elder abuse and was a Visiting Fellow with the National Institute of Justice. He has also conducted extensive research in a variety of crime related areas and recently assisted the Philadelphia Police Department in developing a Model Policy and training program to deal with the crime of stalking.

From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Ryan chaired an Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of Justice that developed security strategies for the 1996 summer Olympics. Among Dr. Ryan’s most notable accomplishments are the landmark National Evaluation of Title I of the 1994 Crime Act as it relates to the hiring of the 100,000 community police officers and his testimony before the U.S. Congress’ sub-committee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations regarding developing risk management and outcome based performance measurement strategies at the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Dr. Ryan has recently completed an impact evaluation of a Master’s degree in Homeland Security and an Executive Leaders Program, both offered at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

For more information, contact Dr. Ryan.