STORRS, Connecticut (AP) -- A new program at the University of Connecticut will offer a master's degree in homeland security.

At least 70 students have applied for the expected class of 25 for the program this fall, which UConn is offering in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

"Business and industry are looking for a curriculum that prepares them for the same kinds of things government employees are being trained for," said Krista Rodin, dean of UConn's College of Continuing Studies.

"This is an emerging field," Rodin said. "We do not have a curriculum like this anywhere in the country."

The program is aimed at working adults in both the public and private sector. Students will learn how to respond to disasters such as outbreaks of diseases or terrorist attacks that endanger food supplies.

Students spend five weeks of the 20-month program at UConn's main campus in Storrs. The rest of the program will be done online.

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