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Notre Dame will launch a master's in security policy studies in 2011.
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New Master's in Security Policy Studies

Notre Dame will launch a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies in the fall of 2011. The graduate program aims to educate current and future strategic analysts, managers and decision-makers for careers in intelligence analysis, emergency management and homeland security.

The College is recruiting students nationwide for this hybrid program which consists of online classes in addition to three strategic weekend visits to campus. The program offers a unique approach to its curriculum, combining theory, policy and practical application.

The program’s focus is an “all hazards” approach that mirrors the mission of the Department of Homeland Security. The “all hazards” focus requires a basic framework of preparation, resiliency and response to all kinds of disasters, from a terrorist attack, to a flood, or even a pandemic outbreak. The degree is enhanced by an interdisciplinary perspective that will integrate knowledge from a variety of fields including criminal justice, public administration, intelligence studies, and environmental health and safety.

Applications are currently being accepted. Classes include Issues in Homeland Security, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, and Strategic Intelligence. The coursework provides unique opportunities to test assumptions and skills through case studies and virtual / tabletop exercises; it culminates with a real-world, strategic project from the government or private sector.

In 2004, Notre Dame introduced an undergraduate intelligence studies concentration for history majors; this concentration addressed the increasing demand for intelligence analysts since 9/11. The new master’s builds on the undergraduate program’s popularity and should appeal to recent graduates as well as public and private professionals transitioning from tactical leadership roles to more advanced positions.

“While the demand for entry-level homeland security professionals has increased substantially, the demand for professionals with more sophisticated levels of competence and readiness has also grown,” said Dr. John G. Hatzadony, the  director of the Graduate Program in Security Policy Studies. “Notre Dame College is poised to meet this regional and national need.”

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Dr. John G. Hatzadony, director of the Graduate Program in Security Policy Studies, at 216.373.6377 or jhatzadony@ndc.edu.