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Student Profiles

VCU launched the nation’s first Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) program in 2005, and we’ve been helping students become innovative leaders in the field ever since. Below, you’ll discover stories of how our online master’s degree has empowered students to thrive in their careers and make a measured impact in the communities they serve.

Police officer in sunglasses holding a radio.

James “Matt” Leicester

Emergency Management Coordinator for Chesapeake Regional Health Care

"While my experiences as a full-time professional had given me a certain breadth of understanding about emergency management, the depth of knowledge I’ve gained from the program has given me tremendous confidence."

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Kabrina Tippett

Occupational Safety Specialist

“The faculty are amazing here. All of my professors have gone above and beyond in supporting and encouraging me. And those relationships don’t end when a class ends. … That’s special.”

Counter terrorism officers in parade crowd are on alert for domestic terrorism threats.

Kylie Stottlemyer

Cyber & Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Analyst

“The coursework here has really strengthened my ability to network, my attention to detail and my overall communication skills.”

Disaster preparedness professionals help at scene.

Shola Kayode

Night Shift Patrol Sergeant for VCU Police

“Students benefit from hands-on connections and real-world experience of the faculty. You’re never just learning from a textbook here.”

Disaster preparedness professionals help at scene.

Darshan Parikh

Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Chesterfield County

“Not a week goes by that I don’t talk with a few of the graduates from my program by text. It’s great to know that if I need a favor or to ask advice, I have people that I can talk to.”

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