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

As a law enforcement professional, you serve as your community’s first line of defense. 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 law enforcement and other fields.

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Build on your experience

Grow your understanding of community protection to include the disciplines of intelligence, emergency response, cybersecurity, constitutional law and more.

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Earn a valuable degree

Earn the graduate degree you need to attain leadership positions in law enforcement or related fields.

Where do you want to go?

Whether your goal is to advance to a leadership role in your department or serve the public 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 senior law enforcement officer with the skills to plan, direct and coordinate all police operations in your community. Or leverage your existing skills to protect people and preserve the peace in a new field, such as federal law enforcement, border protection, emergency management or counterterrorism.

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

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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.

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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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