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GW's College of Professional Studies Expands Security and Safety Leadership Master's Program to Hampton Roads

March 25, 2010

WASHINGTON --  The George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at GW, will expand its master of professional studies (MPS) degree in Security and Safety Leadership (SSL) in the fall of 2010 to Hampton Roads, Va., one of the largest military markets in the U.S., and home to the world’s largest Naval base in Norfolk, Va.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring this program to parts of the region outside of the DC Metropolitan area,” said Dr. Kathleen Burke, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “The Security and Safety Leadership program creates leaders in key areas of regional and national security. The program emphasizes interagency cooperation and skills building for those who lead in crisis situations. It has value for all preparedness professionals, and particularly those in high density municipal areas and transportation hubs, such as the Hampton Roads area.”

Hampton Roads contains 59 percent of Virginia’s defense employees, over a dozen military facilities and numerous defense-dependent businesses. The program is being expanded to the Hampton Roads area due to the success of the SSL program in northern Virginia and an increased demand for the program in the southeastern region of the Commonwealth. The program is designed to meet the professional development needs of individuals who are involved in the public or private safety sectors in the Hampton Roads area, and have experience in the military, law enforcement, emergency management, corporate security, transportation security, fire service, public safety, or public health preparedness.

The SSL program is intended to contribute to the professional development of law enforcement, emergency preparedness, and safety professionals in the Hampton Roads area by examining a wide range of homeland security issues, policies and practices. Students who enter this degree program will develop competencies and knowledge relating to the following areas: homeland security strategy and policy development, regional security issues, emergency response, inter-agency cooperation, leadership and performance management, managing organizational change and intelligence and strategic analysis.

Designed to meet the needs and schedules of working professionals and adult learners, the SSL master’s program offers instruction in blended delivery format, combining face-to-face classroom teaching with online delivery via Blackboard, GW’s web-based educational platform. Students will enter into a cohort providing a supportive, collegial culture allowing students to build strong professional ties. The program offers Saturday classes every other weekend. The MPS degree can be earned in two years with the successful completion of 12 classes/36 credit hours.

The SSL program was introduced by CPS in northern Virginia in January 2009, and this fall will be available at GW’s Hampton Roads Center in Newport News, Va. For more information about the Security and Safety Leadership program, visit For additional information on GW’s College of Professional Studies, visit

GW has been educating Virginians for more than 50 years, beginning in Hampton Roads in 1958 and expanding its service across the Commonwealth, notably in Arlington, Alexandria and Ashburn. With more than 2,000 students enrolled in courses at our Virginia Campuses, George Washington University is among the largest providers of graduate education in the Commonwealth. With 42,000 alumni living and working in Virginia, GW is a major contributor to its workforce, economic competitiveness and tax base.



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