June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.482.1 - 12.482.10
Developing a Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
Efforts in the global war on terrorism and the current international climate have highlighted the need for national long-term investment in developing and maintaining technical expertise in nuclear, chemical, and biological weapon engineering. Efforts to assure, dissuade, deter and defeat weapons of mass destruction require knowledge of a broad array of scientific processes and are a significant interdisciplinary engineering problem. Implementing a successful program requires overcoming many institutional and educational challenges to provide both the broad base of knowledge and the necessary cross-disciplinary integration. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has established a new Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. The program requires a new paradigm in academic effort that includes multidisciplinary engineering education and cooperative agreements with local institutions to ensure that the appropriate expertise is available for all aspects required of this discipline. This paper will cover the basis for the choice of a Professional Science Master’s program, why it fits with this degree requirement, what institutions must consider when developing such a multidisciplinary program, and how AFIT solved resource and programmatic issues associated with the development of this degree.
LaGraffe, D., & Petrosky, J. (2007, June), Developing A Professional Science Master’s Degree Program In Combating Weapons Of Mass Destruction Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2251
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