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Students must select either the 15-credit Homeland Security or 15-credit Cyber Security Policy core for the Master of Science in Homeland Security Management.

M.S. in Homeland Security Management (36 credits)

HMS 500 - Introduction to Homeland Security Management

This introductory course surveys the major policies, practices, concepts and challenges confronting practitioners in the complex field of Homeland Security Management. The course provides an overview of various threats to domestic security from terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and other related risks and vulnerabilities, examining the government and private sector organizations, strategies, and systems involved in protecting against and responding to these threats. Using a case study approach, the course focuses on the managerial, political, legal and organizational issues related to crisis planning and response, the National Incident Management System, risk assessment and mitigation, communications and technology systems, medical and public health emergencies and infrastructure protection.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Homeland Security core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management.

HMS 520 - Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security Management

This course provides students with an overview of the various statutes, case law, and Constitutional issues governing the activities of practitioners involved in the Homeland Security enterprise at the federal, state and local levels. These issues and bodies of law are of critical importance to Homeland Security practitioners and policymakers, and the course considers their important social, ethical, and political implications. The central focus of the course is on the question of how to balance the goals, objectives and activities of effective Homeland Security against the compelling need to preserve and extend fundamental American civil liberties. The course examines the Constitutional and legal framework of the Homeland Security enterprise, discusses specific Constitutional issues and cases as they apply to Homeland Security, and considers the relationship between Homeland Security policies and the preservation of civil liberties. It examines the effectiveness of various court decisions and legislation including the USA PATRIOT Act in preventing and responding to the threat of terrorism as well as their role in shaping the development of Homeland Security agencies, policies, strategies, and infrastructure.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Homeland Security core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management.

HMS 530 - Domestic and International Terrorism

This course provides an in-depth examination of the threat of terrorism and its impact on the Homeland Security enterprise by exploring the overall phenomena of terrorism as well as the complex motivations, ideologies, goals and tactics of various domestic and international terrorist groups. Cultural, religious and economic influences on terrorism will be considered. Students will analyze these groups in light of historical, contemporary and potential future acts of terrorism in order to refine their knowledge of terrorism prevention, detection, response and investigation. The course focuses upon such topical issues as state terrorism, political terrorism, revolutionary terrorism, religious and apocalyptic violence, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorist tactics and targeting, as well as the practical strategies and approaches of counterterrorism.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Homeland Security core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management.

HMS 535 - Cyber Security: Issues, Policy, and Terrorism

This course explores the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels as they face cyber threats, particularly terrorism. The course examines the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. Particular emphasis is paid to mitigating and managing the threat of cyber terrorism.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Cyber Security Policy core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.

HMS 540 - The Intelligence Function in Homeland Security Management

This course acquaints students with the concepts and practices involved in the process of collecting, analyzing and evaluating intelligence and in managing the intelligence function, as well as the influence of intelligence in shaping homeland security decision-making at the federal, state and local levels. It examines the structures, roles, and interactions of the foreign and domestic intelligence communities, the intelligence gathering and analysis capabilities of criminal justice and private sector entities, and the use of intelligence processes to support homeland security investigations, planning, and policy formulation. Based in a case study approach, students in this course will develop an understanding of intelligence tradecraft and the analytic and research skills used in intelligence work, as well as an appreciation for the ethical, Constitutional, and civil liberties issues involved. Specific topics considered include open source intelligence, assessing the reliability and validity of information, intelligence sharing, covert and counterintelligence operations, Homeland Security managers as both producers and consumers of intelligence, and the future of homeland security intelligence.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Homeland Security core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management.

HMS 545 - Advanced Cyber Security Policy and Intelligence

This course continues the exploration of the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels with a focus on intelligence issues. The course broadens the examination of the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. The debate on the numerous cyber security related issues and how intelligence plays in each will define the first quarter of the 21st Century. At the end of this course the students will be able to capably and constructively participate in that debate with a greatly enhanced understanding of the types of intelligence needed in regard to cyber issues.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Cyber Security Policy core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and is required for the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy.

HMS 550 - Homeland Security and the Private Sector

This course explores the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels. It examines the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private-sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. Particular emphasis is paid to mitigating and managing the threat of nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological (NBCR) weapons.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Homeland Security core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and required for the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management. Students enrolled in the Homeland Security core may alternatively opt to enroll in HMS 555 to satisfy the HMS 550 requirement.

HMS 555 - Advanced Cyber Security – Technology Issues for Policy Makers

This course continues the exploration of Cyber Security issues beyond the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels. It adds the cutting edge technical issues about which today's policy makers must be fluent if they are to successfully tackle the cyber security issue set. The course broadens the examination of the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. A clear understanding of the numerous cyber security technical issues discussed here will properly equip the students to understand the technical issues that will define the first quarter of the 21st Century. At the end of this course the students will be able to capably and constructively address how these technical issues will affect our Nation's Homeland security.
3 credits

Note: This course is part of the Cyber Security Policy core for the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Management and required for the Advanced Certificate in Cyber Security Policy. Students enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management may opt to enroll in this course to satisfy the HMS 550 requirement.

HMS 600 – Emergency Management

This course examines historical and contemporary theories, principles, and practices of Emergency Management, particularly the all-hazards approach and the related processes of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Using a case study approach, the course considers the evolution of Emergency Management and its practical application within government and private-sector institutions. The roles, responsibilities, and duties of Emergency Managers at various levels of government are discussed, as are the relationships between the agencies, organizations, and individuals involved. The course acquaints students with the National Response Plan and such contemporary Emergency Management systems as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), with specific attention paid to their applicability to crises that include terrorist events, natural and man-made disasters, and other hazards.
3 credits

Note: This is a required course for the Master of Science.

HMS 610 – Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Disaster and Terrorism

This course examines the traumatic psychological consequences of terrorism and disasters upon individuals and groups, as well as the individual and collective social behaviors that typically become manifest after these events. The course examines a range of psychological and social issues related to terrorism and disaster, including theories of psychological trauma, trauma prevention strategies and crisis intervention, the impact of psychological trauma upon first responders and those directly exposed to terrorism or disasters, the psychological goals of terrorism, and posttraumatic stress.
3 credits

Note : This is a required course for the Master of Science.

HMS 620 – Research Design and Methods in Homeland Security Management

This course surveys the various quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and research designs used for policy development and evaluation in Homeland Security fields, as well as the critical thinking skills and practical techniques involved in preparing analytical research products and reports. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to research, and students become acquainted with such research methods as case studies, field research, surveys, content analysis, experimental designs, secondary analysis, and other forms of evaluative research. Various methods of statistical analysis are also covered, preparing students to design and conduct an original thesis research project.
3 credits

Note: This is a required course for the Master of Science.

HMS 630 – Practicum: Graduate Internship in Homeland Security

Under the supervision and direction of a member of the Homeland Security Management faculty, students participate in a planned program of observation and participation in the management operations of a Homeland Security agency.
3 credits

Note: To ensure that all graduates achieve an appropriate level of practical experience and professional competence in the homeland security field, students must complete a practicum requirement by taking either HMS 630 - Practicum: Graduate Internship in Homeland Security or HMS 640 - Practicum: Exercises in Homeland Security. Students employed in a Homeland Security field may, upon application to the Program Director and demonstrated competency in the practical aspects of Homeland Security Management, receive a waiver to substitute an appropriate Elective course for the Practicum requirement.

HMS 640 – Practicum: Exercises in Homeland Security

Under the supervision and direction of a member of the Homeland Security Management faculty, students undertake a project involving substantive participation in managing a major simulation, exercise, or drill involving multiple agencies or institutions. Student involvement will include planning, designing, developing, conducting and evaluating the simulation or drill.
3 credits

Note: To ensure that all graduates achieve an appropriate level of practical experience and professional competence in the homeland security field, students must complete a practicum requirement by taking either HMS 630 - Practicum: Graduate Internship in Homeland Security or HMS 640 - Practicum: Exercises in Homeland Security. Students employed in a Homeland Security field may, upon application to the Program Director and demonstrated competency in the practical aspects of Homeland Security Management, receive a waiver to substitute an appropriate Elective course for the Practicum requirement.

HMS 650 – Border and Transportation Security

This course examines the critical tasks and complex challenges involved in securing the nation's airspace and its land and maritime borders, including efforts to prevent intrusions while facilitating the lawful movement of goods and persons. Border and transportation security issues are examined in terms of their impact on the economy, national security, and public safety, with particular emphasis on the interaction between federal, state and local entities with the military and various private sector industries and organizations.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 655 – Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource (CI/KR) Protection

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and effects of Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, poignantly illustrated to the world just how vulnerable some of our critical infrastructures (CI) and key resources (KR) were to manmade and natural disasters. This course provides the student with a detailed overview of the way in which public and private leaders are addressing critical CI/KR vulnerabilities that affect our way of life. It will explore and analyze the subsequent National Infrastructure Protection Plan and supporting Sector-Specific Plans to determine if they provide the coordinated approach necessary to set national priorities, goals, and requirements for CI/KR protection. Based on assigned readings of key government documents, independent reports and expert analyses, the student will gain a base of knowledge about the vast scope of effort and activities required to protect the nation's most essential assets. The student will also be able to reiterate the details required to reduce CI/KR vulnerabilities, deter threats, and minimize the consequences of attacks and other natural incidents across the nation.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 656 – Risk Management for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Transportation Systems

This course explores, discusses, and analyzes the requirements for development of a comprehensive Risk Management Program for the protection of critical infrastructure assets, with particular emphasis on critical infrastructure protection within transportation systems. Areas of focus include Risk Assessment Methodologies; the prioritization of assets for capital and resource allocation; the development of protection strategies; Cost Benefit Analyses; and Business Plan development. Students will achieve and demonstrate a thorough practical understanding of asset prioritization principles, risk assessment methodologies, and capital/resource allocation for effective Critical Infrastructure Protection, particularly for transportation critical infrastructure facilities and components.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 657 – The Planning Process for Homeland Security and Transportation Security Management

The need to address long-range security challenges across the multiple disciplines and partners within the Homeland Security enterprise highlights the importance of effective Homeland Security planning and planning processes. Effective planning involves the identification of clear tasks and purposes, promotes frequent interaction between and among stakeholders, guides preparedness activities, establishes implementation procedures, and provides measures to synchronize actions. This course examines the entire planning process from the formation of a planning team, to the analysis of hazards and courses of action, to testing and validating plans by conducting exercises. Utilizing a case-study approach and with particular focus on surface transportation security planning issues, this course addresses operational planning by state and local governments, catastrophic planning at the state and regional levels, and the range of strategies and skill sets that are required to achieve successful planning and successful outcomes.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 658 – Cyber Security: Issues and Policy in Transportation and Critical Infrastructure Protection

This course provides an in-depth examination of the role that cyber security plays in our society and its impact on the Homeland Security enterprise by exploring the overall phenomena of cyber security issues, with particular emphasis on transportation and critical infrastructure protection. The present state of the debate surrounding cyber security and the current policies in place to deal with these issues will be examined in detail. Additionally, cyber war, cyber crime, cyber espionage, and cyber terrorism will all be considered. Students will analyze the policy implications of these subjects, achieve a detailed understanding of the issues, and acquire the knowledge and insights Homeland Security managers and executives need in order to deal effectively with the cyber threats we face. This is not a tactical level technology-oriented course, but rather it provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the cyber landscape in which we must all function. A particular focus will be given to the effect that cyber means and threats have on critical infrastructure, using case studies from the transportation sector. No special technical background is required for this course.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 659 – Homeland Defense, Civil Support, and Transportation Security – DoD's Role in the Homeland Security Enterprise

This course examines the impact of 9/11 on the Department of Defense (DoD), including the creation of new organizations and capabilities focused specifically on Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities. The course explores thoroughly the legal and policy foundations for the domestic employment of the active and reserve components of the U.S. military; DoD's unique roles in helping secure our Nation's transportation systems, infrastructure, and interests in the air, maritime, land, and cyber domains; and, DoD's Civil Support capabilities and processes. Also addressed is DoD's maturing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response enterprise, as well as a range of contemporary issues affecting the security of our homeland. Case studies are used to ensure future homeland security leaders understand DoD's contributions to the Enterprise and how to both access and maximize those contributions.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 660 – Funding and Grant Evaluation

This course surveys the various funding sources available in the Homeland Security field, examining the process of grant writing and the criteria and standards used by funders to evaluate grant applications. The course also covers the reporting and auditing responsibilities involved in grants management.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 662 – Emergency Management and the Health Care Sector

This course provides students with an understanding of the unique concerns and issues health care professionals and health care facilities encounter and deal with prior to, during, and after emergencies, including weather-related emergencies, mass casualty incidents, terrorist attacks, power outages, communication failures, pandemics and other critical situations. Students develop an awareness and understanding of the legal, regulatory, financial, personnel, organizational, and clinical challenges of maintaining health care operations during emergencies that can inhibit the health care organization's ability to continue meeting its fundamental mission. Ensuring that staff members and facilities are safe, secure, and available to deliver necessary services for patients requires extensive planning and practice, as well as the design and execution of regularly scheduled facility-based and community-wide exercises. Particular emphasis is placed on applying various emergency management strategies, concepts, and principles to hospitals.

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 665 – Ethical Issues in Homeland Security Management

This course examines the fundamental concepts and principles of ethics and ethical behavior within the homeland security / homeland defense enterprise. It considers the core ethical concepts and values articulated by moral philosophers and thinkers throughout Western history, the ethics codes of various professions, and how these ethical principles may provide guidance in identifying and resolving the ethical dilemmas homeland security and homeland defense practitioners encounter. Taking a case study approach to examine various ethical problems, the course explores issues of moral courage, the nexus between ethics and responsible leadership, and the duty to dissent or to comply with authority.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 668 – Advanced Cyber Security: Issues and Policy in Transportation and Critical Infrastructure Protection

This course continues the exploration of the relationships and interactions between various private-sector institutions and public-sector Homeland Security organizations at the federal, state and local levels, with particular emphasis on transportation security issues. The course broadens the examination of the specific roles, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities of private- sector entities in protecting transportation and critical infrastructure as well as in preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to crises. Among the institutions and organizations considered are shipping and transportation companies, airlines and airports, public transportation networks, public utilities, the private security industry, mental health workers, hospitals and biomedical facilities, the public health sector, chemical and hazardous materials companies, the financial services industry, and information technology and telecommunications companies. The debate on the numerous cyber security related issues will define the first quarter of the 21st Century. At the end of this course the students will be able to capably and constructively participate in that debate. No special technical background is required for this course.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 670 – The Economics of Terrorism and Extremism

This course focuses on the economic aspects of contemporary terrorism and extremism as well as the financing of terrorist operations. In addition to comparing the economic structures and systems of Western democracies with those of Middle East nations and examining the economic conflicts and disparities that may give rise to or exacerbate extremism and terrorism, topics include money laundering activities and the hawala remittance system.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 675 – Strategic Thinking in Law Enforcement Intelligence

This course provides participants with the concepts and practices integral to strategic thinking in law enforcement intelligence, with specific application and emphasis on the transportation security field. The roles, structures and processes of applying intelligence methods and principles to support strategic decision-making are the core of this course, and the use of intelligence methods and principles to shape enforcement, crime reduction and homeland security strategies are discussed and evaluated. The essentials of intelligence-led policing, and the processes of collection, analysis, interagency collaboration, planning and direction, tasking and coordination, and intelligence management are explored, with specific reference to transportation security. Based in a case study approach, students develop a full understanding of the application of intelligence in setting a strategic agenda for law enforcement organizations, consistent with ethical, Constitutional, and civil liberty issues.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 680 – Global Terrorism and Geopolitical Configurations

This course critically analyzes the dynamic and evolving geopolitical context of terrorism prior to and including the Modern Age of Terrorism, which began in the late 1960s and continues today. Changes in political, diplomatic, military, and/or economic alliances and policies in the United States and other nations often alter, modify, and affect the objectives of extremist groups and the terrorist acts they carry out. Particular attention is paid to perceived threats of terrorism and the geopolitical objectives of the al Qaeda network and its affiliates as their impact on the United States, Europe, and other global regions.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 685 – Securing Transportation Networks

This course provides students with the concepts and practices integral to establishing frameworks necessary to manage and mitigate threats, risks, and vulnerabilities specific to securing transportation networks. Transportation networks are of primary concern for homeland security professionals because disruptions to these networks can significantly impact life, property, and commerce. Threats to transportation networks come in the form of intentional, accidental, and natural modalities.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 690 – Post 9/11 America

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 had a profound and lasting effect upon American's political and social behaviors as well as their belief systems and collective social conscience, and this course critically examines how those attacks have changed American public opinion and the "American way of life." The course explores the roles played by the media, by political figures, and by government agencies at the federal, state and local in shaping contemporary American thought about terrorism, extremism, Homeland Security / Homeland Defense, and the Global War on Terrorism. It examines the public's specific fears, perceptions, and expectations about terrorism and homeland security.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 700 - Critical Issues in Homeland Security Management

This course explores the evolving nature of the Homeland Security enterprise by examining a number of contemporary topical issues and their immediate and long-term impact on Homeland Security policies and practices. Particular attention is paid to the role of the media, law, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and political entities at the federal, state and local levels in determining and shaping Homeland Security policy and practice.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 710 – Weapons of Mass Destruction

This course provides a detailed overview of current and emerging threats to homeland security posed by Weapons of Mass Destruction, including the range of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) weapons. Among the issues considered in depth are US vulnerability and feasible modes of response to WMD attacks, as well as the technology and availability of WMDs and potential scenarios for their deployment by extremist groups.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 720 – Advanced Study in Homeland Security Management

Students in this course conduct substantive independent reading and research projects in the Homeland Security field under the guidance of a member of the Homeland Security Management Institute's faculty and with the permission of the Institute's Director. Students are expected to prepare a substantial integrative written report at the conclusion of the semester.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science. Permission of the Director of the Homeland Security Management is a required prerequisite for this course.

HMS 730 – Leadership in Homeland Security Management

This course provides the necessary foundation for an understanding of leadership and challenges to its effective implementation, with a special focus on the complexity encountered in the homeland security and interagency arenas. This course will progress through a process of self-assessment, review of selected leadership models, inquiry into the intersection between recognized leadership competency components and still-emerging HLS competency components, review of the homeland security environment, examination of leadership complexity resulting from the interplay of the interagency and public/private/non-profit sectors, and examination of possible tools to improve one's leadership competency. The aim is to provide learners the self-knowledge and resources to improve their individual leadership competency working within the complex HLS environment.
3 credits

Note: This is an elective course for the Master of Science.

HMS 750 – Thesis Research Consultation I

This course prepares the student to complete the capstone thesis requirement. In consultation with a faculty member, the student will identify and develop an appropriate and policy-relevant thesis research issue in the Homeland Security field, refine that issue to distill a research question or questions, identify the sources of information and research methods suitable to complete the thesis, prepare an annotated bibliography of sources to be used, and develop and submit a comprehensive research plan in the form of a Thesis Proposal.
3 credits

Note: This required course is the first of a two-part sequence leading to completion of the Master of Science in Homeland Security Management program's capstone project: an academically rigorous thesis that reflects the standards, norms, and conventions of academic research at the graduate level and advances the field of knowledge in this evolving discipline.

HMS 760 – Thesis Research Consultation II

With the guidance and supervision of members of his or her thesis committee, the student will carry out the independent capstone research project outlined in the Thesis Proposal submitted at the conclusion of HMS 750 - Thesis Research Consultation I. The thesis project will demonstrate the student's mastery of a substantive issue in the Homeland Security Management field, as well as his or her competence in presenting the results of a substantial academic and/or policy research project in a comprehensive, cogent, and coherent written thesis. The capstone thesis will demonstrate the student's understanding of the academic and/or policy research process, display his or her capacity to identify, assess, and review relevant literature and other sources of information, confirm his or her ability to formulate cogent research questions, and validate his or her ability to select and use appropriate research methods to explore those research questions.
3 credits

Note: This required course is the second of a two-part sequence leading to completion of the Master of Science in Homeland Security Management program's capstone project: an academically rigorous thesis that reflects the standards, norms, and conventions of academic research at the graduate level and advances the field of knowledge in this evolving discipline. HMS 760 must be taken in the student's final semester.

Note:
Upon application to the Program Director and with the consent of the Board of Advisors member concerned, students may request that a member of the Institute's Board of Advisors serve on the student's thesis committee in the capacity of Third Reader.