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Aurora University Online launches master’s degree program in homeland security

Posted by on February 2, 2017

Degree developed in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security

AURORA, Ill. — Aurora University Online (AU Online) is pleased to announce its newest program, the Master of Arts in Homeland Security. It is designed for both private and government officials, including law enforcement professionals, emergency managers, homeland security specialists, firefighters and corporate security personnel, as well as students who wish to enter the field of homeland security. The new program is accepting applications for the fall 2017 start date.

“We are excited to offer the Master of Arts in homeland security program in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) so that our students develop the skills required to serve public and private organizations,” said Donna Gardner Liljegren, dean of online enrollment and continuing education for AU Online.

As the pioneer for graduate education in homeland security, CHDS developed the nucleus of programs and resources used by homeland security professionals throughout America.

Coursework for the degree can be completed entirely online. Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings of homeland security, as well as practical strategies to be successful in their careers. The program focuses specifically on emergency preparedness and response.

“The curriculum is structured around the key policy and organizational design problems that current and future homeland security leaders are likely to confront, as well as the analytical skills they will need to meet those challenges,” said David E. Dial, chair of criminal justice at Aurora University.

To learn more about the new Master of Arts in homeland security degree program at AU Online, please visit

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