Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals
Pace University, whose Manhattan location is just blocks away from the World Trade Center site, offers an executive Master of Arts (MA) in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals through the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
This graduate-level emergency management degree program, which is primarily online, prepares public and private sector law enforcement, military, fire, public health and other safety and security professionals to respond to and prevent future attacks using existing resources.The MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals is a 36-credit program which includes a required master’s project. The program is designed for a small, yet diverse cohort of students. Courses offered on a trimester basis-with a required one-day, eight-hour weekend residency (in person or via web conferencing) each trimester--make it possible to complete the program in two years. The remainder of the coursework is completed online via our Blackboard online web program. This format is ideal for all full-time working adults. Each new incoming cohort will begin with an online orientation. The orientation will cover topics on how to use Blackboard, library resources, and information technology services.
Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds and experience with a variety of homeland security agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and state and local police, fire, and public health organizations. In partnering with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the program takes the “long view” by investing in the education of today’s leaders, combining theory and practice to secure the democracy of the United States through high-level strategy, preparation, and organization.
Graduates with this Masters in Homeland Security from Pace can play a critical role in:
- Preventing crime and disrupting terrorist attacks
- Protecting against human and natural hazards
- Managing large-scale public safety plans
Vagueness and confusion are best answered with knowledge and understanding. Pace’s master’s degree 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.
Program Design: Residency and Online Learning
All residency sessions are held on Saturdays. These days are indicated on the Program Calendar. Saturday sessions are held on Pace’s Pleasantville Campus or via Blackboard’s synchronous web video sessions (this will require you to have a web cam on your computer). Pace’s classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. All rooms provide both wireless and wired connectivity to the Internet. Throughout the program, Blackboard permits students to communicate with each other and faculty. Blackboard enables faculty to track progress and intervene as needed, and to provide information, ask questions, or make suggestions. When individual students have difficulty understanding a concept or analytical issue, they can quickly obtain support from faculty or other students.
All students will be required to develop a master’s project. The master’s project is an assessment of your learning experience for your master’s degree. It will consist of 12 chapters, one for each of the courses that are part of this degree program. A central focus of this master’s project is the development of innovative strategies that have the potential to make our communities and nation safe and secure.
Homeland Defense Partnership
This is a collaborative effort with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) University Agency and Partnership Initiative. Located within the Naval Postgraduate School, CHDS was established in 2003 in response to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.
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. The program’s curriculum incorporates selected CHDS courses.
A Highly Ranked Competitive Program
- In 2017, College Choice named Pace University as having one of the best online Homeland Security master programs.
Military Friendly School
- Pace University was selected by GI Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2012, an honor awarded to only 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide. We are firmly committed to assisting veterans in pursuing higher education.