CREATE developed a homeland security specialization for a master’s degree program offered by USC’s Price School of Public Policy and a five-course university graduate certificate that fits into diverse masters’ programs at USC. USC’s Bovard College also offers an online maters degree in Emergency Management.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree requires 48 units of graduate work: 20 units of core courses, the 4-unit Policy Analysis Practicum, and 24 additional units divided between analytic and specialization electives, including homeland security. The core coursework ensures that all Price MPPs develop the essential toolkit of an adept policy practitioner, with a focus on analytical skills as well as policy processes and institutions. Elective courses allow students to deepen their skills and expertise in particular analytic methods and policy areas of their choosing.
With growing opportunities to employ research and analysis in public safety efforts, the USC Price graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy is a rigorous program for those who are interested or already working in the field. The certificate develops risk analysis skills and provides students the knowledge needed to understand the issues surrounding the increasingly important issues of homeland security and public policy. The Certificate in Homeland Security and Public Policy requires 15-16 units of graduate course work, depending on selected courses.
The Master of Science in Emergency Management program prepares professionals to take emergency management leadership roles in organizations within the private and public sectors. Through courses in critical infrastructure, disaster planning, and operational coordination, students will develop strategic, tactical, and decision-making skills that address all phases of emergencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Students learn to navigate and collaborate across complex and interdependent governmental, non-profit, and business organizations and systems that are crucial to protecting communities from natural and human-made hazards and emergencies.