Chris Joyner
USA Today
February 19, 2009

James Davis hopes to get a job with a professional sports team — ideally, the New Orleans Saints — when he graduates next year with a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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To bolster his job prospects, Davis, 23, has chosen a concentration in sports security management, a new offering at Southern Mississippi and part of a growing number of academic programs around the country with a homeland security bent.

Davis, who is taking classes in emergency preparedness and risk analysis as part of the program, says he believes the extra credential will make him a more marketable candidate when he graduates.

“It has to, with the level of terrorism where it’s at,” he says.

Security jobs are everywhere

There has been huge growth in the popularity of security-related programs since 2002, when the Department of Homeland Security was created, says David Silverberg, editor of the trade magazine Homeland Security Today. The programs began popping up at community colleges and online-only institutions five or six years ago, and now they are being offered at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

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