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Take Your Homeland Security Career to a Whole New Level With a Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

As a homeland security professional, you stand on the front lines, protecting your country and providing aid to those in need. Now, take your “boots-on-the-ground” skills — and your career — to new heights with a Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School.

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Learn to lead

Learn to apply systems thinking to improve policy and strategic decision-making from a leadership role in homeland security or a related field.

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Build your experience

Grow your understanding of homeland security to include the disciplines of law enforcement, intelligence, cybersecurity, emergency management and more.

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Earn a valuable degree

Earn the graduate degree you need to attain leadership positions in homeland security or related fields.

Where do you want to go?

Whether your goal is to advance to a senior role with your current employer or make a difference in an entirely different field, the Online Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness can help you get there.

Move up the ranks as a homeland security leader with the ability to marshal resources, coordinate with other agencies and set smart policy that saves lives. Or leverage your existing skills to protect the public in a new field, such as federal law enforcement, border protection or cybersecurity.

Why choose the Online Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at VCU?

unrivaled curriculum

An unrivaled curriculum.

Learn to see beyond policymaking and implementation as you come to understand the larger organizational, social, political, ethical and economic aspects of disaster studies and homeland security.

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Flexibility to fit your busy life.

Study when you want in a flexible online format that gives you plenty of opportunities for practical hands-on experience.

Exceptional faculty

Exceptional faculty with diverse experience.

Learn from nationally recognized faculty who have real-world experience in law enforcement, fire services, the military, counterterrorism, emergency management, and intelligence.

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Access to the expertise of Richmond and Washington, D.C.

Our location in Richmond, Virginia, and proximity to Washington, D.C., offer unique access to industry expertise and internship opportunities in the national epicenter of policy and action.

What to expect

Launched as the nation’s first homeland security and emergency preparedness program in 2005, HSEP is a true reflection of the Wilder School’s mission to be the premier resource for public policy expertise and social justice in public safety, governance, and economic and community development.

This online master’s program places a strong focus on experiential, practical and applied learning. You will gain hands-on experience through live discussions, presentations, simulations and breakout group sessions as you manage your coursework through our convenient online learning management system.

Find out more about the Online Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU.

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