The MAHSEP curriculum focuses on the intersection between homeland security policy and politics by taking advantage of faculty who are scholar-practitioners in the world of homeland security, emergency management, and strategic planning.
You will master the intellectual foundations for key policy discussions in homeland security as well as the basic threats to homeland security, the basic responses, and how the political process affects homeland security decision-making. You will gain analytical and advocacy skills and will be prepared to take on leadership roles in the area of homeland security and emergency management.
This program integrates your intellectual interest and experience, small-group dialogue, and a required fieldwork term that provides you with experience working with public policy professionals. At the heart of this degree program is the value of the experience: the opportunity to network and to apply knowledge developed through the online classroom.
Graduates of the MAHSEP program are also well-prepared for doctoral work in the field.
In this program, you will gain
- A clear understanding of the origins of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and national laws that govern emergency management and crisis/disaster response
- A strong foundation in organizational ethics and leadership
- An applied understanding of the key governmental and international institutions that formulate and implement policies related to crisis management in our society, including congress, the judiciary, the presidency and state and local governments; and the role that terrorism and natural disasters play in shaping crisis response policies and methods
- An in-depth grasp of the Emergency Management process at the local, state, and national levels
- Experience with the mechanics of strategic planning and crisis communications.
- An ability to effectively analyze public policy issues, particularly those related to homeland security and emergency management, as well as the ability to present arguments persuasively and logically, and to write and speak clearly, correctly, and convincingly