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 homeland security/emergency management degree program, which is offered fully online, prepares public and private sector law enforcement, military, fire, public health and other safety and security professionals to respond to and manage natural and manmade hazards as well as develop strategies to help prevent terrorist attacks. The MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals is a 36-credit program, which includes an optional master’s project or a comprehensive exam, can be completed in two years. Incoming students will begin with an online orientation that covers how to use Blackboard (our learning platform), 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, emergency management 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
- developing and managing large-scale public safety plans.
Vagueness and confusion are best answered with knowledge and understanding. The master’s program focuses on bridging the gap between what we know and how to best plan for the unknown; between theory and practice; and between what is happening now and what we may face in the future.
Program Design: Online Learning
Our state-of-the-art audio-visual tool is Blackboard, which permits students to communicate with each other and faculty. Blackboard enables faculty to track progress, provide support as needed, 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.
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 September 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.