Program Options

Our fully-online graduate programs can help you advance your career in government, intelligence, international affairs, foreign policy analysis, and foreign service. We offer two graduate programs that are flexible to suit your needs and interests.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Security Studies is a 36-credit hour, online program taught by University of Arizona faculty. The program will provide you with an empirical and conceptual review of the international system, including many courses that review the principal features of the system from the post-war period to present day. Since contemporary security goes beyond military capacity and force, you'll learn to address challenges related to demographic, environmental, developmental and social trends.

You'll study a variety of topics, such as conflict in the Middle East, climate change, foreign policy of Russia, American foreign policy, American national security, international security, global political economy, European security, terrorism and terrorist networks, research design, and Japanese and Chinese nationalism.

Graduate Certificate

If you are interested in international security—but are not interested in pursuing the full M.A. degree—we also offer a Certificate in International Security Studies. The certificate is a 12 credit-hour (four courses) program where you will learn more about security issues faced by the global community today. In the certificate program you take the same courses as students who are enrolled in the master's program in International Security and all credits can count toward the M.A. degree if you decide to pursue that later.

"The instructors and the delivery of each individual course was both challenging and extremely rewarding"

–Recent graduate