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Homeland Security Lab

Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Leadership: Master Dual Program

In today’s dynamic landscape, a career in homeland security and criminal justice leadership is a responsibility—a dedication to safeguarding communities and upholding equity. A cornerstone of meeting this responsibility lies in an understanding of both homeland security and criminal justice leadership, the discipline in which encompasses unique insights and challenges that demand specialized knowledge and skills. Homeland security demands a keen understanding of cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and emergency preparedness, while criminal justice leadership focuses on enforcing laws and ensuring equitable justice for all.

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Navigating the Future of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice: From 9/11 to Tomorrow

In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the United States found itself confronting a new reality—one marked by unprecedented threats to national security. In response to these challenges, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) emerged as a pivotal force in safeguarding the nation against terrorism and other hazards. The DHS represented the largest restructuring of the federal government since World War II, consolidating the efforts of 22 disparate agencies into a unified entity tasked with protecting the homeland. In this article, we examine the creation of the DHS and how it has evolved throughout the years—as well as what the future may hold for homeland security and criminal justice leadership.

New York Special Education Certification Changes

There has been a persistent shortage statewide of special education instructors. The New York State Education Department’s certification requirements and segmentation for special needs instructors are changing to combat this shortage. The New York State Department of Education is creating a Students with Disabilities (SWD) (All Grades) certificate.

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Crafting a Winning Statement of Purpose for Grad School

Are you considering graduate school? Remember to add writing a statement of purpose to your to-do list. Don’t be intimidated; with the right approach, you can craft an impressive statement that showcases your passion for your chosen field and your potential for success.

This blog is intended to offer valuable information and insights on creating an exceptional statement of purpose. You will learn what it is and why it is important and receive guidance from a graduate admission expert on its crucial components and common mistakes to avoid.

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Eight Soft Skills to Enhance Your Graduate Résumé

Employers consider more than just academic qualifications in the current competitive job market. They prefer to hire recent graduate candidates who exhibit strong soft skills, such as effective communication, teamwork, and adaptability.
This blog post helps you better understand what soft skills are and which ones are important for you to focus on. By comprehending the significance of soft skills, you can become an asset to any company and improve your career prospects.

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Toni Critelli
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Exploring a Career in Actuarial Science: an Expert Q&A

Are you interested in risk assessment, financial forecasting, and strategic decision-making? If so, get ready to explore the fascinating world of actuarial science. In this Q&A, we talk to St. John's University alum Brandon Alcaide,’19C, ’20GSRM. He is a Senior Actuarial Associate at TIAA, a well-known Fortune 100 financial services company providing extensive financial solutions.

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Toni Critelli
Maciek Nowak, Ph.D.,

Q&A with Maciek Nowak, Ph.D.

Dean of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business and the Joseph H. and Maria C. Schwartz Distinguished Chair at St. John's University.

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When Should You Pursue an M.B.A.?

Deciding to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree is a significant career
decision. The decision requires careful thought and consideration. There are many questions to weigh when making this decision; is it better to pursue an M.B.A. right after an undergraduate degree or after a few years of work experience preferred? These are just some considerations to determine when to pursue an M.B.A.