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The Master Of Professional Studies In Homeland Security curriculum has been designed by the GW College of Professional Studies in consultation with the GW Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, federal and local security officials, the GW Elliott School of International Affairs, and the GW School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The resulting program is a real-world education tailored specifically to homeland security professionals.

The curriculum includes 36 credit units presented in 12 3-credit unit courses, each lasting 8 or 16 weeks. Students will take the following courses in the following sequence.

Semester 1

PSHS 6240 Political Violence and Terrorism

The evolution of terrorism and politically motivated violence. Shifts in the operational tactics of guerrilla, terrorist, and insurgent groups and rogue states. Approaches to the formulation of counterterrorist strategies.

PSHS 6241 Globalization of Threats and International Security

The conduct of national and international threat assessment. The various international legal and strategic options available to public safety agencies.

PSHS 6242 Security and Civil Liberties

Issues that arise as states attempt to reconcile the maintenance of civil liberties and human rights with the control of crime, prevention of terrorism, and protection of its citizens.

Semester 2

PSHS 6243 Intelligence and Strategic Analysis

The structure and components of the intelligence and law enforcement communities. International intelligence cooperation. Analysis of counterterrorism policies and strategies at the international, national, and regional levels.

PSHS 6244 Information Systems Protection

The various types of cyber crime and the vulnerability of government computer systems and information networks. Mitigation strategies for the protection of information and computer systems.

PSHS 6260 Methods of Analysis in Security

Methods and problems of data collection in security fields, with emphasis on analytical design, instrument utilization, sampling, and measurement.

Semester 3

PSHS 6250 Strategic Planning and Budgeting

The adaptation of strategic planning and performance measures beyond budgeting for the requirements of government agencies that deal with long-term security issues.

PSHS 6251 Interagency Cooperation

Cooperation initiatives across agencies through mutual assistance agreements and regional, national, and international structures. Issues of technology interoperability and legal and interorganizational challenges.

PSHS 6252 Emergency Management and Crisis Communication

Basic principles of emergency planning, including development of an across-the-board response plan involving all levels of government and the private sector. Strategies for ensuring that communication channels are open and secure during a crisis situation.

Semester 4

PSHS 6253 Managing the Politics of Leadership

An in-depth look at the role of power and influence in organizations. Case studies demonstrate the necessity of mobilizing the political support and resources needed to implement objectives.

PSHS 6254 Strategic Change Leadership

The challenges, techniques, burdens, and successes associated with initiating and implementing change within an organization. The process of organizational change from multiple theoretical vantages.

PSHS 6270 Capstone Project

Development of a research project integrating theoretical and analytic perspectives applied to improving organizational effectiveness in public safety agencies.

"The program had a really great mix of professionals working in the field and I learned so much from my fellow students! There wasn't a single class I didn't enjoy or learn a great deal from, and while the pace was challenging, it was feasible. I've recommended the program to a number of Army officers who are actually enrolled now and they have seen a very similar experience."

Abigail Pasinski, 2014 Graduate