Master's in International Security
Prepare to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century with the Master's in International Security.
The Master's in International Security program prepares professionals to address enduring and emerging security challenges of the 21st century, by deepening conceptual knowledge of the field, learning in depth about a range of current security issues, and mastering analytic and policy skills for a career in the field. The international security program provides strong background in theories of international relations and strategic thought, as well as electives on a wide range of topics, from great power competition to terrorism and WMD, and nontraditional threats from crime and corruption, cyberspace, food and natural resource insecurities, and more. The approach is inclusive and cross-disciplinary. Students will learn about leadership, decision-making, and the major national security institutions of defense, intelligence, and diplomacy. In the 2019 annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the Schar School earned the coveted #2 spot for "security studies."
CURRICULUM AND COURSE SCHEDULE
The Master of Arts in International Security program requires 12 courses (36 total credits), including seven core courses, and five electives. For their elective options students can either choose focus areas or a concentration:
- Managing Global Risks
- Security Policy and Processes
- Regional and Transnational Security Challenges
Concentration areas (pick one):
- Peace Operations
- Transnational Challenges
International security courses are held in the evenings on Mason’s Arlington, Virginia campus, and students may take the program on a part-time or full-time basis. From International Relations, Security Studies, and Grand Strategy to Managing Homeland Security, Foreign Intelligence in a Free Society, and Science, Technology, and National Security, the international security program coursework will prepare you for influential roles in intelligence, defense, and public policy positions across the public and private sectors.
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