The Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday passed a new master of arts in home­land secu­rity, a degree that exem­pli­fies Northeastern’s com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship to secu­rity research and other efforts cen­tered around national defense.

The degree is a com­panion to the first-​​in-​​the-​​nation master of sci­ence in secu­rity and resilience studies passed at last week’s Senate meeting.

John LaBrie, dean of the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies and vice pres­i­dent for pro­fes­sional edu­ca­tion, noted the degree reaf­firms Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to secu­rity research taking place university-​​wide across many dis­ci­plines. Those efforts include a variety of aca­d­emic pro­grams as well as ded­i­cated research cen­ters like the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity and the ALERT (Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​related Threats)—a multi-​​university, Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity Center of Excellence.

In con­junc­tion with these efforts, we see North­eastern emerging as the national leader in the growing secu­rity space,” LaBrie said.

LaBrie said the new degree, tar­geted toward home­land secu­rity pro­fes­sionals, will focus on preparing for, responding to, recov­ering from, and mit­i­gating dis­as­ters and emer­gen­cies. He said it also aligns with the efforts of the Naval Post­grad­uate School, which after 9/​11 was charged with cre­ating and dis­sem­i­nating a home­land secu­rity cur­riculum and has since become stan­dard of sorts in this field.

The Fac­ulty Senate also passed sev­eral res­o­lu­tions per­taining to pro­posed changes regarding the Office of Stu­dent Con­duct and Con­flict Resolution’s han­dling of stu­dents who vio­late the university’s aca­d­emic integrity policy. The body also passed a res­o­lu­tion that endorses a university-​​wide online system for sub­mit­ting and tracking new pro­posed courses. The cur­rent system in place tracks them at the col­lege level.

At the start of the meeting, the Senate observed a moment of silence for those affected by the Boston Marathon bomb­ings on Monday.