Online Master of Arts in Global Security

The Master of Arts in global security is an interdisciplinary and thought-provoking program, linking serious ideas with practical case studies. This program trains students to critically engage global conflict and international security in a comprehensive manner designed to aid professional advancement in military, government and private sector careers.

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Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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What is global security studies?

Global security studies focuses on a broad range of academic disciplines, from anthropology and sociology to history and religion. These courses provide context for current and emerging domestic and international situations. Forward-thinking programs allow you to prepare for the future of worldwide security. To do this, they place a strong emphasis on growing trends like cyber warfare. Studying diplomacy, political science and social patterns can be helpful, too. These disciplines may enhance your ability to understand and respond to new developments.

Global security studies provide the foundation necessary for policy analysis and strategic thinking. The coursework may offer a more holistic understanding of these topics and help you build on your existing professional experience.

What makes this security studies master’s degree unique?

 

What makes the Master of Arts in global security unique is its incredible faculty. The global security program was created as a way to connect committed professionals from diverse backgrounds with top faculty, many of whom are globally recognized thought leaders, in a highly accessible graduate program that focuses on developing key skills and essential knowledge for career advancement in a variety of fields. Faculty members provide access to exclusive interviews with journalists, policymakers and other individuals. These experts offer a firsthand perspective on some of the most important global security concerns in recent years.

This program also offers significant flexibility. It is available fully online so you can study at your own pace from anywhere in the world, even while deployed abroad. You’re also able to tailor it to your interests by adding a cybersecurity concentration.

Why is global security important?

 

Our increasingly interconnected world faces rapidly shifting threats and challenges. As such, global security has become an essential field of study. Current issues include:

  • Climate change.
  • Domestic and international terrorism.
  • Geopolitical competition.
  • Information warfare.
  • State-sanctioned destabilization efforts.
  • Technological innovation.
  • Transnational criminal enterprises.

The Master of Arts in global security program emphasizes this practical approach to facilitate the development of real-world skills in its students.

Does my global security 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.

Featured global security courses

This 30-credit security studies master’s degree is made up of one core course, eight electives and a capstone. Courses include:


Core

War, Conflict and Security


Elective

Security Studies


Elective

Future of War


Elective

Understanding Conflict and War


Elective

Law of War


Elective

U.S. Politics of Security


Elective

Global Politics of Security


Elective

Comparative Studies of Conflict


What can I do with a security studies master’s degree?

Global security graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, including defense, homeland security, human rights, intelligence, public policy, risk analysis and more. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Consultant

Humanitarian representative

Intelligence specialist

Military officer

Policy analyst

Learn from the leaders in global security

Global security courses are taught by world class experts, from distinguished scholars to established professionals. You’ll learn from top government officials, retired military, award-winning journalists and top scholars in conflict, cyber warfare, strategy, global politics, international justice, humanitarian assistance and more. These experts include:

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

Learn from the leaders in global security

Global security courses are taught by world class experts, from distinguished scholars to established professionals. You’ll learn from top government officials, retired military, award-winning journalists and top scholars in conflict, cyber warfare, strategy, global politics, international justice, humanitarian assistance and more. These experts include:

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

Security studies master’s program admission requirements

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

Application requirements

Additional admission information

An academic institution with a rich history of interdisciplinary study

The 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.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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