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APSU, Long Island University partner to offer homeland security degree

Austin Peay State University and Long Island University in Riverhead, N.Y., have teamed together to offer a new bachelors-to-masters program in homeland security.

Under an articulation agreement signed by APSU President Sherry Hoppe and LIU President David Steinberg, students earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security from APSU will be able to seek admission into LIUs online Master of Science in Homeland Security Management.
Austin Peay State University and Long Island University in Riverhead, N.Y., have teamed together to offer a new bachelor's-to-master's program in homeland security.

Under an articulation agreement signed by APSU President Sherry Hoppe and LIU President David Steinberg, students earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security from APSU will be able to seek admission into LIU's online Master of Science in Homeland Security Management.

“Two great schools, both pioneers in the field, coming together in this way to serve both students and a national need is remarkable and illustrates not just rising demand but regional and national collaboration at its finest,” said Dr. Tom O'Connor, assistant professor and program manager of criminal justice and homeland security at APSU.

Greg Kaufmann, director of APSU's Institute for Global Security Studies, noted that the articulation agreement is an opportunity not just for the students, but also for the country.

“This agreement focuses on the student. But it also helps meet the continuing need our country has for an educated, knowledgeable homeland security work force that can contribute to our country's future security needs,” he said. “APSU and LIU are moving aggressively to answer that challenge with this agreement.”

LIU's master's degree was approved last May by the New York State Education Department. The first of its kind in New York, the degree is a 12-course, 36-credit-hour online program.

Austin Peay's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security is one of the University's more recently developed programs.

Approved in late 2004, the concentration, which began accepting students in January 2005, was designed to help meet the urgent need — in and around Fort Campbell — for personnel educated in homeland security.

Coursework in the Homeland Security Program is administered at the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell. The four-year degree focuses on homeland security and terrorism. And while earning their bachelor's in criminal justice, APSU seniors may elect to take graduate-level courses from LIU to earn credit toward a M.S. in Homeland Security Management.

To apply to LIU's master's program, APSU students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and provide two letters of recommendation. A GRE score is not required for APSU students seeking admission into the LIU program.

In addition, APSU students who are military personnel or practitioners in a criminal justice field would receive a one-third tuition discount if they enroll at LIU.

For more information, contact O'Connor by telephone at (931) 221-1477 or by e-mail at oconnort@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer