Naval Postgraduate School - Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Homeland Security Master of Arts Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is partnering with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) to offer a Master’s Degree Program for local, state, tribal and federal government officials (civilian and military) with responsibilities in homeland security.
The purpose of the program is:
Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent, protect from, respond to and recover from terrorist and other catastrophic events within the United States
Build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security including local/tribal/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation
Help leaders improve homeland security preparedness by conducting “real world” actionable policy and strategy development
Recognizing the time constraints and particular needs of today’s participants and their agencies, the program is structured as follows:
Each quarter requires just two weeks in-residence at the NPS campus, located in Monterey, California or the NCR campus located at OPM's Eastern Management Development Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Total in-residence requirement for the 18-month program is 12 weeks; remainder of the coursework is completed via network-based learning
Program requires 18 months of continuous enrollment and coursework and a thesis in order to graduate
Thesis is a qualitative or quantitative research project on a topic beneficial to the participant’s sponsoring agency/jurisdiction
The Master’s Degree Program provides participants with an enhanced understanding of how to effectively manage homeland security threats and challenges, including asymmetric threats and terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, planning & budget strategies, communication and collaboration across jurisdictions and agencies.
The Unconventional Threat in Homeland Security
Intelligence for Homeland Security: Organizational and Policy Challenges
Comparative Government in Homeland Security
Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability and Analysis
Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism
The degree is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is awarded by the Naval Postgraduate School.
Online application information is available at http://www.chds.us/?masters/apply. Application deadlines are May 1 and December 1 annually. Visit the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s website at www.chds.us to learn more.
For more information:
Contact: Heather Issvoran
Director, Strategic Communications
Center for Homeland Defense and Security
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