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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MA in Global Security

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:

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  • 14 Named Professorships
  • 1 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • 1 MacArthur Fellow
  • 3 Nobel Laureates

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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 include: advancement for early to mid-career U.S. military officers; transitions from military to private sector positions in global security, intelligence and international politics including consulting, risk assessment, and regional affairs; professional advancement for humanitarian, human rights and other aid workers; international development professionals working in conflict zones and on post-war reconstruction; policy analysts, and others seeking career-enhancing training in private and public sector security, international affairs and global politics.


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.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation (students may choose to submit more than one letter)

No GRE is required.

Foreign students should provide proof of English proficiency.

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