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Homeland Security Master's Program

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Physics and Astronomy 
Western Kentucky University 
1906 College Heights Blvd #11077 
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1077 

Phone: 270-745-4357 

Fax: 270-745-2014



HSS Program

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Multidisciplinary Graduate Program

The goal of this multidisciplinary graduate degree program in Homeland Security Sciences is to prepare science professionals and technology leaders for careers in Homeland Security, an emerging cross-cutting discipline. The program is concentrated in applications of physics, biology and chemistry to detect, quantify, prevent, and decontaminate chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats.

The program leads to the Master of Science degree in Homeland Security Sciences and requires a minimum of 31 semester hours beyond a Bachelor degree. The program's curriculum features a hands-on research component, which enables students to apply their training to real-world problems.

The program helps to improve the security of the nation, while preserving our values, freedoms, and economy. It supports innovative, leading-edge intra-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research, study, and technology development, leading to practical, affordable solutions to the current and future security challenges the United States faces at home and around the world.

The program is designed to stimulate, coordinate, and utilize the unique intellectual capital in the academic community to address current and future homeland security challenges, and educate and inspire the next generation of homeland security specialists addressing the existing gap in science professionals trained in crosscutting security applications of physics, chemistry and biology.

The program's research and educational focus areas are closely aligned with WKU's strategic goals to foster applied science and technology.

Program Director: Prof. Ivan Novikov,


Graduate Fellowships Available for STEM MS Program in Homeland Security

Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY) announces the availability of three Graduate Fellowships to begin in the Spring 2012 for incoming MS students in the STEM Homeland Security program. These 1.5-year $41,400 fellowships cover tuition plus a $1,400 monthly stipend, and funding for conference and summer internship participation. Applicants must have completed B.S. in STEM disciplines in order to enroll into this multidisciplinary program that prepares science professionals and technology leaders for careers in Homeland Security, an emerging cross-cutting discipline.

Detailed application instructions may be found here. Questions may be directed to Prof. Ivan Novikov, Department of Physics and Astronomy,, or call 270-745-4357.

ORISE Graduate Student Research Opportunities

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides research experiences that help graduate students develop knowledge and experience beyond the classroom.

For information about current opportunities visit ORISE website.

Graduate Assistantship in Homelane Security

Graduate students will be able to apply for an assistantship in Homeland security this fall(2013.)  Please fill ou tthe form below and send it to Dr. Novikov at

Graduate Assistantship Application



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