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Online Learning

We know you want to develop the kind of real-world expertise employers expect. That’s why we’ve built hands-on experiences into our online master’s programs in the form of live online meetups, presentations and breakout group sessions with classmates, as well as the chance to participate in on-campus activities. You will complete readings and assignments prior to class to prepare for lively classroom discussions. This is what we call the “flip model” approach to learning.

Class Size

Intimate class sizes (an average of 15 students per class) ensure you have a lot of time with faculty and the chance to get to know your classmates on a first-name basis.

Class Time

You should expect to spend six to eight hours each week per course. In addition, every course will meet live online each week for approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Meetings will be recorded in case you have to miss one.

Class Structure and Feel

Classes entail live discussions, presentations and breakout group sessions with fellow graduate students. We emphasize group work, collaboration and a feeling of intimacy within our online classrooms.

Students from the Online MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in class
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Online Classroom

Our learning management system (LMS), Canvas, serves as students’ centralized hub for all course content and activities — think of Canvas as your college campus. Our students use this system to manage everything from asynchronous course content, course syllabi and assignments to communication with instructors and peers. As a student, you will use Canvas to submit assignments, take quizzes and keep track of your schedule. You will be able to see your professor and vice versa during real-time discussions and lectures, and live class sessions can include polling, in-class chats and breakout rooms. Additional functions include audio and text commenting as well as participation and collaboration through asynchronous video.

Student Support Service

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You can connect with your professors during regular faculty office hours, which are open to all students.

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Community Forum

In our virtual student union, you can participate in study groups and engage in discussions about hobbies and mutual interests with peers, faculty and administrators.

Request Information

Please complete the form below to receive information about the Online MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Bachelor’s degree is required to attend; Applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores.

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