FBI Creates New Anti-Terror Criminal Justice Degree at IUP

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Adding a criminal justice degree to a resume can help people pursue a career in many aspects of the law enforcement and legal system. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has teamed up with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) to create the country’s first comprehensive master’s degree program in anti-terrorism.

The master of science in strategic studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction program was developed by the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, which approached the school in 2008 about creating the speciality courses, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The 30-credit multi-year program will concentrate on what the federal agency said are “worst case scenarios,” including dirty bombs, biological attacks and power grid disruptions.

School officials told the news agency that the program will not be open to traditional students and that all prospects must be cleared through the FBI. The program will also be paid for with help from other law enforcement agencies, which will contract with the school to pay for groups of 15 to 20 full-time students to attend at a time.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security special agents are responsible for fighting terrorism.

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