CHDS Master’s Theses Available

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) master’s degree program cohort 1701/1702 is comprised of professionals from the fields of homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, public health, and education from local, state, and federal agencies. The first program in the nation of its kind, NPS-CHDS provides a leading-edge, multi-disciplinary curriculum in its 18-month master’s degree program in homeland security. Graduates are required to write theses pertinent to their employing agencies. Eighteen theses from our September graduates are now available in the Homeland Security Digital Library and the Dudley Knox Library. The theses abstracts and full documents can also be found on the CHDS/Ed network.

The theses topics range from “Systematic Approach to Law Enforcement Safety” to “The Benefits and Challenges of Facial Recognition for the NYPD.”

The Outstanding Thesis Award was presented to Greta Hurt, District Fire Chief of Tulsa Fire Department, for her thesis “It Takes a Village: Integrating Firehouse Hubs to Encourage Cooperation among Police, Fire, and the Public.” Wayne Dumais, Test Area Manager at Department of Homeland Security, won the Curtis “Butch” Straub Award and the Mark Carr Esprit De Corps Award for his thesis “The DHS Acquisition Workforce: The Threat’s not Leaving, Why are you?”

“We are proud and look forward to their contributions to the homeland security enterprise in the coming years,” CHDS Director Glen Woodbury said. “They reflect the professionalism and dedication our nation deserves.”