Homeland Security and Higher Education at CTU
by Robert Lally, CTU Director, Homeland Security Program
The nation’s increased focus on protecting the well-being of Americans and our country in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has created a stronger national focus on homeland security. At the same time, it’s paved the way for many service men and women to earn higher education degrees in the field of homeland security.
For service men and women seeking to transition into civilian life, a degree in Homeland Security can build on their existing skills and knowledge in protecting our nation. In addition to their own areas of expertise, it’s important for service members who are considering these fields to also understand other homeland security efforts and how their role integrates into the larger mission to keep our nation safe and secure. At Colorado Technical University (CTU), for example, service members can earn master’s and doctoral degrees to develop a broader understanding of the various sub-disciplines within the homeland security field, including counterterrorism, emergency management and public health to name a few.
Founded in 1965, CTU provides higher education for today’s military students and offers them support, flexibility and resources to advance personally and professionally. CTU is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC), a Department of Defense funded organization created to assist service members achieve their higher education goals (www.soc.aascu.org). CTU is a SOC Degree Network System school (DNS), supporting the Marines and Coast Guard.
Currently, CTU offers a master of science in management with a concentration in homeland security and a doctorate in management with a concentration in homeland security. The seven required courses for the master’s degree program are based on the homeland security curriculum developed by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and offered by a select number of universities that are part of the Homeland Security Defense Education Consortium. The doctor of management program offers a concentration in homeland security and was created to provide upper-level managers expertise in areas important to national security.
All of CTU's master and doctoral homeland security programs are offered online, making it easy to fit into the busy schedule of active duty service members or allowing students to take the classes from anywhere in the world. The doctorate of management program also involves a residence requirement to attend at least two in-person symposia twice a year in Colorado Springs. A degree in homeland security may provide service members with the knowledge base and tools they need to advance their skills while working in the military and in other homeland security-related fields.