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Online Learning / Technology Requirements

The Master of Science in Homeland Security Management and the Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management are offered in an online interactive format, making it possible for students – especially those employed as homeland security professionals in varied geographical locations – to take classes from wherever they are in the world. Long Island University offers flexible course schedules and virtual participation that are essential for busy homeland security professionals. Online learning makes the homeland security management programs available to a more diverse cross-section of traditional students and practitioners from homeland security organizations and agencies across the nation, thus enhancing the quality of education by broadening the range of perspectives and experiences represented. Please view the menu on the left for “Technology Requirements.”

About Online Learning 

As managers and executives in demanding Homeland Security fields, our faculty members recognize the difficulties of balancing the demands of work with a rigorous program of graduate study. We know that rotating shifts, changing assignments, extended work hours, evolving situations, and emerging crises can challenge even the most committed students. We recognize the value of an educational experience that integrates theory with practice.

Our innovative online approach to professional education permits busy professionals to participate in a 'virtual classroom' – to attend lectures, participate in class discussions, and to interact with students and faculty – and to structure their attendance around the demands of their professional and personal lives. The programs utilize Blackboard software – a powerful, highly intuitive, and easily mastered online learning platform – to support interactive learning.

Online classes are 'asynchronous' – students are not required to be in a particular place at a particular time. Instead, students access their 'virtual classroom' via a secure Internet connection and complete course requirements at the time and place most convenient to them. Classes are conducted in seminar format using interactive discussion boards led by faculty: after reviewing the assigned readings, students access their virtual classroom and respond to the discussion issues of the week.

Most assigned and recommended supplementary readings students will need for their classes are available for download in electronic format directly from the virtual classroom site, and an extensive online research library of specialized homeland security documents in electronic format is available. In addition, students also have access to LIU’s extensive online library databases.

Distance Learning Student Complaints

Students wishing to dispute or appeal an academic matter are encouraged to pursue the grievance processes identified in the campus Student Handbook or current Academic Bulletin. Complaints related to operational matters may be directed to the campus Registrar or Provost’s office. Students may also file a complaint with the New York State Department of Education, in Albany: www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/COMPLAINTFORM.pdf.