Program Details

This degree is a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of national security policy, process, and implementation.

Washington, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Homeland Security & National Defense

Program Overview

Program Description:

This degree is designed for students currently in the intelligence or national security communities or for those who wish to enter one of these career fields. It provides a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of intelligence and national security policy, process, and implementation, both in historical and contemporary perspectives. Significant attention is directed toward vital current policy issues as well as understanding foreign cultures and the practices of foreign powers. It involves study of the exercise of the entire spectrum of instruments of power, how they are integrated strategically, and the ethical issues inherent in their use.

Candidates for this degree are required to complete a minimum of fifty-two credits, 12 four-credit courses and 2 two-credit courses. Students may also be required to enroll in an advanced research and writing seminar. At least ten of the courses must come from the Core Curriculum, while four courses must be taken in either the Intelligence, National Security and Defense Studies, or Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare specializations. Ideally, the ten Core Curriculum courses will be completed prior to the specialization.

Additional Program Information

Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Financial Aid:
To apply for the Master of Arts in National Security, students must complete the following requirements: an application, current resume, original copies of transcripts from all previous institutions, TOEFL scores (for international students), GRE scores (applicants should have a 5.0 on the written section and a 620-650 on the verbal section to be competitive), three letters of recommendation, essay on educational and professional goals (250 words), general essay (500-1,000 words), admissions interview (conducted as needed), and application fee ($100).