Online Master of Arts in Global Security

The Master of Arts in Global Security is an interdisciplinary, online program that trains students to critically engage global conflict and international security issues in a comprehensive manner to aid professional advancement in military, government and private sector careers.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

Details

Our world faces a variety of diverse, complex, and constantly shifting security challenges. Understanding and responding to these issues requires an interdisciplinary approach linking critical thinking with practical engagement. The online Master of Arts (MA) in Global Security, offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, provides an overview of major ideas on the causes and costs of conflict, the structure and operation of domestic and international institutions, and policies to encourage and enable peace and stability. The program builds on the expertise of over 100 faculty at Arizona State University – one of the largest and most innovative public research institutions in the country – from multiple fields including, political science, history, law, public policy, religious studies, and engineering. It also integrates lectures, case studies and materials from a team of retired military, former government officials, journalists and scholars, many of whom are recognized thought-leaders in the field. Students may take this program from anywhere in the world, proceed at their own pace, and study while working.

The goal of the ASU online MA in Global Security is to connect different perspectives on global security with policy oriented discussions and debates. The program focuses on providing students with a strong foundation in key theories, themes, and concepts while encouraging problem solving through critical, multidisciplinary approaches. The MA in Global Security links cutting-edge research and scholarship with teaching materials from our team of experts and practitioners who have developed and implemented policies around the world. For example, units on conflict in the Middle East include interviews with former National Security Council staff as well as military advisors who helped create “the surge”; reflections on the costs of war include comments by a journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on “moral injury”; and, discussions of the meaning of war in the post-9/11 era involve conversations with top policy makers, legal scholars, human rights advocates and retired general officers.

Students have the option to choose one concentration from the following: Cybersecurity

Featured courses


Required course

GSC 501: War, Conflict and Security (3 credits)


Required course

GSC 550: Capstone (3 credits)


Elective

GSC 502: Security Studies (3 credits)


Elective

GSC 503: Future of War (3 credits)


Elective

GSC 504: Understanding Conflict and War (3 credits)


Elective

GSC 505: Law of War (3 credits)


Elective

GSC 506: U.S. Politics of Security (3 credits)


Elective

GSC 507: Global Politics of Security (3 credits)


Related careers

Those who complete the online MA in Global Security will gain a unique set of skills and intellectual tools and a strong grounding in foundational concepts to help them succeed in a variety of professions. These industries include: 

U.S military advancement

Global security intelligence

Consulting

Risk assessment

Regional affairs

Humanitarian and human rights

Conflict zones and post-war reconstruction

Policy analysts

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Prestigious faculty

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution as required by the ASU Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The largest and most diverse college at ASU

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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