An Overview of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security
The mission of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security is to produce leaders from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds who can effectively and efficiently identify, design, and mobilize the appropriate community resources to prevent, deter, preempt, defend against, and respond to terrorist attacks and/or other critical incidents and emergencies on the local, regional, national and international levels.
The active participation of our graduate students and or faculty with community partners is a primary focus of the HSEC Program. Therefore, the program has established a number of collaborative relationships with public, private, and non-profit sector partners on the international, federal, state, and local levels. These relationships are evident in both the classroom and through the HSEC Program’s research initiatives and they allow the homeland security graduate student to engage in a number of service-learning opportunities that make a real-world difference to the safety and security of people and communities around the world.
The HSEC Program provides an intellectually and professionally vibrant educational environment that welcomes students with a strong desire to engage in interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and research. The graduate students have a strong sense of community and public service. Indeed, they founded a vibrant student organization, Scholars of Homeland Security in 2008 which is the founding chapter of a nationwide student organization Scholars of Homeland Security and Homeland Defense.
Our alumni are found in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in diverse career fields such as humanitarian assistance, the military, public health, public safety, science and technology, intelligence, emergency management and response, higher education, information decision systems, project management, journalism, public administration, and politics. Many continue to be an active part of the HSEC Program after graduation, providing networking and job opportunities for current students and fellow alumni.