Online Master of Arts in Global Security - Cybersecurity

Students working on their master’s in global security can pursue a cybersecurity concentration. You’ll learn about important challenges facing the diplomatic, intelligence and military communities. By focusing on international cybersecurity, you can better understand the growing threat landscape faced by countries around the world.

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Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What is global cybersecurity?

Global cybersecurity is a field that addresses digital threats to national security, international aid organizations and other groups around the world. In this program, you’ll learn about challenges posed by a range of threat actors facing the global cybersecurity field, and learn about ways to address those challenges. Thought leaders and practitioners from the cybersecurity field will teach you about current trends using specific cases and policy exercises.

Why is cybersecurity an international issue?

 

Global cybersecurity is important because the internet has made physical distance nearly irrelevant. International cybersecurity acknowledges that threats in the cyberspace domain cross borders effortlessly. In fact, cyber operations very likely form an important component of foreign actor’s campaigns to achieve their desired objectives, to include interfering with domestic policies and election integrity.

What is unique about this international cybersecurity program?

 

This global cybersecurity concentration boasts access to highly specialized and topical course content. Course material features renowned thinkers and interviews with government leaders, leading scholars and thought leaders, prize-winning journalists and military leaders. You can also benefit from the degree’s connection to the Center for the Future of War (CFW) and the New America think tank. The global cybersecurity concentration includes contributions from distinguished faculty, including Peter W. Singer and Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, a former leader in the United States Cyber Command.

It’s important to note that this program focuses on a holistic approach to international cybersecurity. As such, the program is focused on the policy and strategy level so you don’t need a background in computer science or engineering to apply.

Does my global cybersecurity degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Cybersecurity classes

The international cybersecurity program is designed to fit your schedule. You can complete courses from anywhere at your own pace while working or raising a family. The program culminates in a capstone project, such as a research paper, group project or policy memo.

Throughout the curriculum, topics and course content may be informed by current events, with inspiration provided by the annual Global Security Forum, the CFW Spring Speaker Series and events hosted by the International Security Program from New America. Available classes are regularly expanding. Options currently include:


Core

Overview of Cybersecurity


Core

Cybersecurity Threats and Trends


Core

Cybersecurity Global Politics and Resiliency


Core

Cybersecurity Planning and Strategy


Elective

Security Studies


Elective

Future of War


Elective

Understanding Conflict and War


Elective

Law of War


What can I do with a global cybersecurity degree?

Global cybersecurity graduates may work in diplomacy, international development, the military or the private sector. You can consider roles in cybersecurity, law enforcement, management, intelligence or other fields. Some careers you might pursue include:

Consultant.

Cybersecurity analyst.

Federal government policy analyst.

Multinational company policy analyst.

Private sector policy analyst.

Learn from the people who have led international cybersecurity efforts

What makes the Master of Arts in global security unique is its incredible faculty. The program builds on the expertise of more than 100 Arizona State University faculty, including experts on conflict studies, international justice, strategy, gender issues and global politics. Courses are also taught by former top government officials, former military, award-winning journalists and top scholars in international law, global affairs, humanitarian assistance and strategy, many of whom are thought-leaders in their fields. These include:

  • Peter Bergen.
  • Peter W. Singer.
  • David Kilcullen.
  • LTG(R) Robert Schmidle.
  • Sarah Holewinski.
  • Ajit Maan.

Learn from the people who have led international cybersecurity efforts

What makes the Master of Arts in global security unique is its incredible faculty. The program builds on the expertise of more than 100 Arizona State University faculty, including experts on conflict studies, international justice, strategy, gender issues and global politics. Courses are also taught by former top government officials, former military, award-winning journalists and top scholars in international law, global affairs, humanitarian assistance and strategy, many of whom are thought-leaders in their fields. These include:

  • Peter Bergen.
  • Peter W. Singer.
  • David Kilcullen.
  • LTG(R) Robert Schmidle.
  • Sarah Holewinski.
  • Ajit Maan.

Admission requirements for the international cybersecurity program

Applicants to the Master of Arts in global security program who wish to complete the cybersecurity concentration must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Application requirements

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