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Long Island University Launches Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Program in Homeland Security with Austin Peay State University in Tennessee


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Riverhead

Undergraduate students majoring in homeland security at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. will seamlessly transition to the Master's degree in Homeland Security Management at Long Island University under a new agreement between the two universities.

Among the students covered by the agreement are members of two prominent units of the U.S. military: the Army's 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group.

Under the agreement, students who complete the APSU Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and achieve a 3.0 grade point average or better need not take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to Long Island University's homeland security management master's degree. APSU students in their senior year may also earn credit toward their Bachelor's degree by taking two Master's degree courses from the Long Island University Master's degree curriculum, and those who work in criminal justice or the military would receive a one-third tuition discount from Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute. APSU is a designated learning provider to the 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group, based at Fort Campbell, KY.

"The Homeland Security Management Institute is thrilled to partner with APSU, and to welcome the highly skilled professionals from the 101st Airborne and 5th Special Forces Group to our program" said Dr. Vincent Henry, associate professor and director of Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute. "Their background, their experience, and their unique knowledge and insight will be a tremendous asset to our program and to our students," he added.

Dr. Tom O'Connor, assistant professor and program manager of criminal justice and homeland security at APSU, said, "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."

The articulation agreement is the first for Long Island University's Master of Science in Homeland Security Management, launched in September 2005. The program is the first and only Master's degree in Homeland Security to achieve New York State Education Department registration, and is one of the first homeland security master's degrees at any accredited institution in the nation. It is also Long Island University's first fully online degree program.

For more information about the Long Island University Homeland Security Management program, which is based in Riverhead, New York, visit

Posted 02/23/2007

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