Online Master of Arts in Global Security

Security studies can lead to career growth in the government, military or elsewhere. By learning about current global trends, a global security studies master’s degree can enhance your capacity to work in diplomacy, policy, intelligence or humanitarian service.

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Next start date: 08/19/2021


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.

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:

  • Domestic terrorism.
  • State-sanctioned destabilization efforts.
  • Transnational criminal enterprises.

Analytical frameworks and practical case studies are essential tools. They allow professionals in the field to find solutions for these challenging problems.

What makes this security studies master’s degree unique?

 

Our international security master’s online program offers significant flexibility. It also allows you to connect theoretical concepts with real-world scenarios. Our program is available fully online so you can study at your own pace from anywhere, even while deployed abroad. Faculty 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. Topics covered include the war on terrorism, counterinsurgency efforts and more.

Students have the option to choose a concentration: Cybersecurity

Featured global security courses

The security studies master’s degree includes a core course, electives and a capstone. You can also select a cybersecurity concentration. Available classes are regularly expanding, and options currently 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?

After earning your international security master’s online, you may be able to apply for more senior positions in journalism, diplomacy, international development and military service. Options you might consider include:

Consultant.

Humanitarian representative.

Intelligence specialist.

Military officer.

Policy analyst.

Learn from the leaders in global security

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.
  • And many more.

Learn from the leaders in global security

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.
  • And many more.

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

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in research expenditures in 2018.

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