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Tapestry - Fall 2005

New master’s programs prepare students to protect national security

Masters in Intelligence Analysys

Students in the Criminal Justice Studies programs learn how to use the same Crime Mapping software that is used by community law enforcement agencies.

In a post-9-11 society, the safety and security of individuals, property and intelligence information is becoming increasingly critical. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security has prompted federal government to identify thousands of specialist positions that are needed to monitor potential threats to U.S. security. The University of Detroit Mercy has responded to this need by designing two new interdisciplinary master’s programs that will prepare individuals to fill these important security roles.

Next fall, the College of Liberal Arts and Education will offer the Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis (IA), one of the first academic responses to the 9-11 Commission Report issued last year. Only UDM’s sister institution, Mercyhurst University, in Erie, Pa., has a master’s degree as comprehensive in scope. The IA master’s is a 33-credit hour program that prepares graduates to become leaders in the field of intelligence analysis. IA uses “open intelligence” information to provide forecasts of risks and benefits to guide governmental, law enforcement and private industry in making critical decisions. Students in the IA program will learn how to gather information from a variety of sources, such as published databases, newspapers and journals, and through personal interviews. They will then analyze the information and prepare reports and recommendations focusing on the implications and applications of that information for various security and crime control situations.

The Master of Science in Information Assurance, led by the College of Business Administration, is a multi-disciplinary response to the growing threat against the country’s data integrity. Information Assurance is based on the advanced technology needed to keep computer networks secure. The program will train students to develop the skills needed to protect people at all levels against terrorist threats to homeland security as well as threats to businesses and organizations concerned about theft. Learn more about the Information Assurance program at UDM.