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With Homeland Security at the forefront of planning by public safety offi cials, it follows that programs in intelligence, counter-terrorism and protection would be at the forefront of the education of individuals in the public safety and security sectors.
A unique university and curriculum is offered by Henley-Putnam University. Its programs include bachelor and master degrees in Intelligence Management; Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Studies; and Strategic Security and Protection Management. They also have a Doctoral degree program in Strategic Security.
In addition, the university offers coursework leading to certifi cates in Executive Protection; Intelligence Analysis; Counter-terrorism Studies; Security Management; Intelligence Collection; and Strategic Intelligence.
The university has a highly-specialized curriculum because it is the only online university that focuses exclusively in the fi elds in which it offers its degrees. More than 80 professionals with real world experience comprise the school’s faculty. Students typically come from law enforcement, security, the military and the intelligence communities seeking career and personal advancement in the fi elds of intelligence management, counterterrorism and strategic security and protection.
Originally named the California University of Protection and Intelligence Management, it became Henley-Putnam University to honor two of General George Washington’s key Revolutionary War strategists in espionage: Col. David Henley and Gen. Israel Putnam.
The university’s coursework in its topic areas includes focusing on ethics; learning, communication and critical thinking skills; technological profi ciency in accessing and applying intelligence information; problem solving for stressful situations; assessing risk potential and application of knowledge to deal with challenges in security; and counter-terrorism.
The Distance Education and Training Council accredits the university. It is also approved for use of Veterans Administration benefits and is affi liated with DANTES.
Prospective students can complete the online application and are then contacted by the admissions coordinator who assists in completing the application for admission and who also conducts an interview. Those interested in any of the certificate programs should contact the university for application information.
Due to the nature of the courses’ content, students must have a background check and/or screening process completed before being permitted to register for courses. Usually, applicants know within a week whether they are accepted for enrollment. Degree students must take a communication skills assessment and a Harman Value Profi le after the first quarter of classes.
The bachelor degree program pre-requisites are high school graduation or equivalent and an associate’s degree or suffi cient units of transferable college level credit with a GPA of 2.0/4.0 or above with 45 quarter units or 30 semester units as follows: 8 quarter units/6 semester units in English; 4 quarter units/3 semester units in Mathematics; 4 quarter units/3 semester units in Arts and Humanities; 4 quarter units/3 semester units in Social Science (can include foreign languages); and 4 quarter units/3 semester units in Natural Science.
Master degree applicants must have a bachelor degree from an accredited institution, and doctoral degree applicants must have the equivalent of 30 graduate-level semester hours in strategic security or a related fi eld from an appropriately-accredited university, plus their bachelor and master degrees and fi ve years experience in strategic security. They must also have a passing score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test.
Doctoral degree students in strategic security must demonstrate competence in at least one language among these: Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Farsi, French, Indonesian, German, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Urdu or Turkish. Proof of competency is assessed through the Defense Language Profi ciency Test or the civilian equivalent of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages test.
Classes begin on the fi rst day of every month and run 10 weeks. Because all coursework is online, scheduling is determined by the student except for turning in assignments that are due and completing exams when they are due. Usually, students take 2 classes per 10 week quarter or 8 classes per year, thus a bachelor degree can be earned in about 1 1/2 years; a master degree in 2 1/2 years; and a doctoral degree in 3 years, including 1 year for the completion of the dissertation.
Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Law and Order, Jul 2011
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