The Multidisciplinary & Emerging Programs (MEP) unit of the School of Technology & Professional Studies offers graduate and undergraduate programs in homeland security and emergency management. All of our programs are theory-based and provide practical application so students are equipped to face 21st century homeland security challenges. Our homeland security programs take an “all hazards” approach to defining and addressing homeland security issues, meaning homeland security encompasses dealing with natural disasters as well as man-made. Our emergency management programs are mapped to the Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) mission to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards, both natural and man-made.
We offer a 45.0-credit M.S. in Professional Studies with a concentration in Homeland Security Management. The M.S. provides a solid graduate education, building on a well-rounded core as well as specialized study in homeland security. Bachelor’s degree holders may prefer to earn the 18.0-credit Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Management. The coursework for the certificate parallels the concentration portion of the related M.S. in Professional Studies. This certificate provides a streamlined education for those who do not prefer a graduate degree.
The 24.0-credit Minor in Emergency Management is a perfect complement to many Drexel undergraduate majors such as Construction Management and Property Management. The 18.0-credit Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency Management is a desirable credential for undergraduate students who would like to earn a certificate en route to their degree as a complement to the major. Non degree-seeking students who want to update their skills may also find the certificate attractive as a stand-alone credential.
The M.S. degree, the graduate certificate, and the undergraduate minor and certificate are offered 100 percent online. The undergraduate minor and certificate also are offered in a lecture-online hybrid format on Saturdays.
The Industry: Homeland Security / Emergency Management
The field of homeland security education has experienced exponential growth since 9/11. A tremendous amount of coordination is required among federal, state, local, and private entities to ensure the most effective response to homeland security vulnerabilities. The collection, protection, evaluation and dissemination of information to the American public, state and local governments and the private sector is central to this task. Thus, there is high demand for individuals with knowledge and skills in homeland security.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of November 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employed 171,000 civilians. Notably, only 23,000 of these positions were located in Washington, D.C., suggesting there are career opportunities nationwide. Government careers related to homeland security include immigration services, U.S. customs and border protection, intelligence, transportation security, secret service, federal law enforcement, nuclear detection, narcotic enforcement, and emergency management. However, homeland security jobs are not just in government or only with the DHS and its divisions. Several federal, state, and local government agencies, and many private-sector employers are involved in homeland security to some degree. The job growth generated by increased homeland security needs creates an increased need for homeland security education.
Industry Partners & Career Links: Homeland Security / Emergency Management
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) – A joint venture between NPS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CHDS was one of the first graduate programs to answer the DHS’s call to expand homeland security education in the U.S. after 9/11. Drexel is a participant in the NPS CHDS’s University & Agency Partnership Initiative.
Philadelphia Police Academy – Current and former Philadelphia Police Academy personnel are actively involved in course development and instruction in the Minor in Emergency Management and Certificate in Emergency Management. Philadelphia Police Academy graduates may earn advanced standing credit toward a number of B.S. from Drexel’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies.
Homeland Security Careers (HSC) – Coaching and other resources for job seekers in transition to a career in homeland security. Drexel’s relationship with HSC as a Strategic Education Partner means Drexel students will have exclusive access to webinars and other resources on hot topics in homeland security as a profession.
Department of Homeland Security. Learn about careers in law enforcement, immigration, disaster response, acquisitions, cyber security, and more.