New online homeland security graduate programs equip students with specialized industry knowledge

New online graduate programs in homeland security allow military, government and other professionals to gain a strong foundation in law and policy related to homeland security, national security and advanced knowledge of specific homeland security fields. 

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OVERLAND PARK (Nov. 16, 2021) – The University of Kansas is wrapping up the first semester of the new online Master of Science in Homeland Security: Law & Policy degree and an online Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security: Law & Policy. These KU School of Law programs allow military, government and other professionals to gain a strong foundation in law and policy related to homeland security, national security and advanced knowledge of specific homeland security fields. They are designed to give non-lawyers and lawyers advanced instruction, technical expertise and enhanced value in their organization, with the certificate focused specifically on cyber law and security.

The new director of Homeland Security: Law & Policy, Paul Cope, joined KU in October. He previously served as chief of cyber law and policy with the Kansas National Guard and is a judge advocate with the Kansas Army National Guard.

“Our program allows students to gain valuable knowledge and experience in a highly complex and constantly evolving field,” Cope said. “Students have the opportunity to develop into leaders on the cutting edge of homeland security.”

Through a culminating simulation course, students prove their readiness to manage a homeland security crisis and provide front-line leadership in sectors such as defense, emergency management, immigration, law enforcement, public health, public works and transportation.

Online courses offer a flexibility that is increasingly important to students today, says Cope. The ability to attend live instruction remotely provides accessibility to students in higher education’s post-pandemic reality. These new online offerings, available through the KU Edwards Campus, expand upon the homeland security master’s degree offered in-person at KU in Leavenworth.

Stuart Day, dean of the KU Edwards Campus and School of Professional Studies, says the online homeland security programs offer a unique opportunity for students looking to advance their careers.

“The curriculum teaches real-world skills and expertise that are instrumental to professionals in this ever-evolving industry,” said Day. “We’re pleased to be taking this program online so even more students can benefit.”

About The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. Its mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The KU Edwards Campus at 127th Street and Quivira Road in Overland Park brings the high-quality academic, professional and continuing education programs as well as research and public-service benefits of KU to the Greater Kansas City community in order to serve the workforce, economic and community development needs of the region.

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