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International Security Studies

Master of Arts


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 34
Cost Per Credit: $700

College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

The International Security Studies program provides an empirical and conceptual review of the international system, including many courses that review the principal features of the system from the post-war period to the present day.

Since contemporary security goes beyond military capacity and force, the program seeks to address demographic, environmental, developmental, and social challenges. The conceptual framework applied across the course offerings provides a strong interdisciplinary and cross-regional approach.

Courses are drawn from a variety of topics, such as the conflict in the Middle East, climate change, foreign policy of Russia, American foreign policy, American national security, international security, global political economy, European security, terrorism, and terrorist networks, research design, and Japanese and Chinese nationalism.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

POL 516A: Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Security
POL 553A: Media and International Affairs
POL 578A: Geospatial Intelligence – Foundations and Concepts
POL 589A: Arming the State



Earning your Master of Arts in International Security Studies will build core skills, including:

  • Understanding of global/regional political dynamics
  • Specialized knowledge of the international system
  • Foreign policy
  • Violent and non-violent threats
  • Research
  • Written communication
  • Strategy and tactics in times of war and peace

Graduates of the MA in the International Security Studies program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

    • Political Consultant
    • Intelligence Specialist
    • Foreign Affairs Analyst
    • International Marketing Specialist
    • International Policy Analyst
    • Legislative/Congressional Aid/Analyst
    • Non-Profit Program Coordinator
    • Political Affairs Officer
    • Foreign Service Civil Servant
    • Risk Analyst
    • International Banking Officer
    • International Military Affairs
    • Research Consultant
    • Development Aid Expert
    • Media Consultant, Journalist, Publicist