A First in NJ: Master’s Degree in Homeland Security at FDU
Teaneck, NJ (October 30, 2007) — A new Master of Science in Homeland Security Degree Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University has been approved by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council of the Commission on Higher Education. Courses will be offered beginning in January 2008.
It is the first degree of its kind offered in New Jersey and one of the few programs offered in the United States. This new program at FDU will meet the needs of homeland security professionals to develop their analytical, managerial and leadership skills.
In response to 9/11 many states and local governments formed organizations to interface with the Department of Homeland Security. New Jersey formed the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. As a result, there has been a major change in the personnel needs in the homeland security professions. There is a new demand for homeland security professionals at the mid and upper management levels and this demand will only increase.
The FDU program blends online study with limited classroom meetings, making it ideal for working professionals. Students can complete course work from remote locations at a time compatible with their individual schedules.
The new Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHS) will be conducted off-campus (weeknights and Saturdays) and online. This 36-credit graduate program has four mandatory courses— Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues, Research and Policy Analysis, Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Awareness, and Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.
Since homeland security is such a broad area, a number of specializations are offered, so a student can leverage their own expertise and interests. The program requires 18 credits in an area of specialization. A student can specialize in Terrorism and Security Studies, Emergency Management, or Homeland Security Leadership. The remaining courses are electives within MSHS courses. The capstone course requires a thesis.
Dr. Paulette Laubsch, director of the MSHS program, said, “When the program was analyzed for approval by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, the principal evaluator was Ralph Way, Deputy Director of Homeland Security for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He compared the 36-credit curriculum favorably to the Naval Academy Post Secondary Homeland Security Program as well as the programs offered by Johns Hopkins University and the Army War College.”
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