In addition to the institutional and degree level outcomes objectives, the Master of Arts in Homeland Security also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to do the following:
* Develop agency/organization specific tools to evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
* Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
* Recognize terrorist groups’ proclivities in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation-state.
* Predict the need to conduct and/or contract for research related to high probability Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Energetic (CBRNE) events and their consequences in any community of interest.
* Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of Homeland Security functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.
* Develop policies procedures and protocols to allow seamless agency integration from prevention to incident response scenarios. Validate literal and procedural alignment/ compliance with the National Response Plan, National Incident Management System and, the Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs).
This degree focuses on an interdisciplinary set of topics in the graduate discipline of homeland security. The degree is designed to provide broad coverage of the major homeland security threats, organization, and challenges through course study in homeland defense, intelligence and homeland security, terrorism, consequence management, and interagency government issues. Students may select courses based on their professional, personal, or research interests, to include weapons of mass destruction, crisis management, narcotics as a homeland security issue, international homeland security, general national security, terrorism, security management, intelligence methods, transportation security, information security, emergency management, and public health.