The MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals is a 33-36 credit program with a required master’s project. The program’s blended learning format offers flexibility for working students. The program is designed for a small yet diverse cohort of students. Courses are offered on a trimester basis with a required one-day, eight-hour weekend residency making it possible to complete the program in only two years. The remainder of the coursework is completed online. This format is ideal for the adult student who is currently working in the field of public safety and homeland security.
Each cohort will begin with a half-day orientation on a Friday afternoon followed by an evening reception. During the orientation students learn to use Pace’s educational approach and electronic instructional platform, Blackboard. Blackboard is designed to support and facilitate collaboration via the Internet. This orientation component also helps students to learn to acquire information from many sources, including the Internet and Pace's extensive library holdings, many of which can be accessed electronically.
On the following day, face-to-face four hour sessions begin. At the end of the 12 weeks, students will again meet for four hours for each course on a Saturday to conclude that session, and then meet again on a Sunday to begin the next two courses.
All face to face sessions, including the orientation residency, are held at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus and via synchronous web video sessions. Pace’s classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment that allows faculty to illustrate their presentations with spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and other visual content. All rooms provide both wireless and wired connectivity to the Internet, allowing students direct access to a wide variety of documents and business data during interactive plenary and team sessions.
Throughout the program, the Internet based instructional platform, Blackboard, permits students to communicate with each other and faculty. Through this medium, students can not only communicate with classmates, but it also permits faculty to continually track progress and intervene, as needed, to provide information, ask questions, or make suggestions. When individual students have difficulty understanding a concept or analytical issue, they can quickly obtain support from faculty or other students.
All students will be required to develop an e-Portfolio for each of the 12 three-credit courses. Students will be asked to identify a topic that makes a connection between their work and educational experience and document this body of knowledge in their e-Portfolio, which will serve as an end product of their master’s experience. Students will also be offered the option of also competing a formal master’s thesis testing a hypothesis of their choice. This master’s thesis will require the student to follow formal research methodologies to test their theory.
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