International Security, MA

Preparing Students for 21st Century Challenges

Recognizing the need to confront security threats facing the global community, George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

I-SEC provides a firm grounding in public-private and international collaborative responses to unconventional security challenges, ranging from threats like ebola, tsunamis, the use of drones, transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and WMD, and corruption, to state fragility, civil war and ethnic and sectarian conflict.  With its global and multidisciplinary approach to questions of human security, the program provides students the opportunity to grapple with a new generation of economic, political, environmental, and science and technology-driven issues.

There will be a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, focusing on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene.


Renowned Faculty

I-SEC core faculty members are internationally recognized for their scholarship and advisory roles in the public and private sectors. The program is directed by Bob Deitz, the former General Counsel at the National Security Agency and Senior Councilor to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Other faculty members include:

  • Retired General Michael Hayden is former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
  • Gregory Koblentz a member of the Scientist Working Group on Chemical and Biological Weapons at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC., teaches and researches on international security and weapons of mass destruction.
  • Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley teaches and researches nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
  • A. Trevor Thrall teaches courses on international security, political communication, and U.S. military intervention.
  • Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich served as U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and to Azerbaijan in 1994-97, and teaches courses on geopolitics of energy security and policy communication for executive leadership.
  • Michael Hunzeker studies international security, military innovation and war termination.
  • David C. Williams currently serves as a Distinguished Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

Located in the Washington, D.C., Area

Classes are offered in Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government in the Washington, D.C., area on Mason’s Arlington and Fairfax campuses in Virginia. Our great location offers students an opportunity to study with leading scholars and practitioners closely connected to the epicenter of policymaking and public service. Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.

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