Security Studies Master’s Degree (M.S.S.)
This online degree addresses the issues critical for an understanding of today’s complex international environment in which state and non-state actors interact.
The program will enhance students’ analytical skills in political culture and comparative security policy.
The security studies curriculum covers such issues as:
- Rogue states
- Weak and failing states
- Human rights
- Energy security
- Peacekeeping and stability operations
- Homeland security
DegreeMaster of Security Studies in Security Studies
This degree addresses the growing need for graduate-level study of national security issues to develop skills for military, intelligence, government and non-governmental employees.
Classes are 100 percent online and in eight-week format.
Faculty includes nationally recognized experts in regional security affairs, terrorism and human rights, military and political issues, intelligence, cybersecurity, rogue nations, and grand strategy and national security.
Course materials are designed to improve students’ critical thinking and analytical skills in strategic culture, foreign policy and international security studies.
ASU recognizes military service and will maximize training and career experience.
- All college and university transcripts
- At least two letters of recommendation
- An essay of no more than 750 words discussing an important issue of national security
- Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Required GPA may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the department head.
Spring: December 1
Fall: July 15
International Student Spring: November 1
International Student Fall: June 20
You are strongly encouraged to register for the first and second eight week sessions simultaneously, before the first eight week session begins.
Master of Security Studies Degree Requirements Courses Hours SEC 6302 Introduction to Security Studies 3 SEC 6305 Research Methods in Security Studies 3 SEC 6309 Grand Strategy and National Security 3 SEC 6312 Globalization and International Security 3 Prescribed Elective Courses:
Students must choose the electives from either the national security affairs focus or regional studies focus.
9 Additional Elective Courses 9-15 Non-Thesis or Thesis Option 0-6
Students wishing to take the thesis option will be required to take the 12 semester credit hours of required courses, nine hours of prescribed electives, a course for writing the thesis (SEC 6699) and an additional nine hours of electives. The additional nine hours must be taken in either the national security or regional studies focus, or in some combination of both.
Students wishing to take the non-thesis option will be required to take the 12 semester credit hours of required courses, nine hours of prescribed electives and an additional 15 hours of electives. The additional 15 hours must be taken in either the national security or regional studies focus, or in some combination of both. Students in the non-thesis option will be required to pass an oral comprehensive examination. This does not need to take place on the ASU campus and can be done via teleconference or other appropriate methods. Please see the section on Advisory Committees for oral comprehensive exams in the Graduate Catalog under Academic Guidelines and Graduate Studies Policies.
Areas of Concentration
National Security Affairs
Elective courses in the national security affairs concentration include:
SEC 6310 Civil-Military Relations
SEC 6313 Intelligence and National Security
SEC 6314 Terrorism and National Security
SEC 6315 Rogue Nations and National Security
SEC 6316 Peacekeeping and Stability Operations
SEC 6317 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and National Security
SEC 6318 Weak and Failing State and National Security
SEC 6319 Homeland Security Studies
SEC 6320 Human Rights and National Security
SEC 6321 Energy Security Studies
SEC 6322 Transnational Issues and National Security
Elective courses in the regional studies concentration include:
SEC 6323 Security Issues in Europe I
SEC 6325 Security Issues in Europe II
SEC 6327 Security Issues in Asia I
SEC 6329 Security Issues in Asia II
SEC 6331 Security Issues in Latin America I
SEC 6333 Security Issues in Latin America II
SEC 6335 Security Issues in The Middle East I
SEC 6337 Security Issues in The Middle East II
SEC 6341 Security Issues in Africa I
SEC 6343 Security Issues in Africa II
Carr Graduate Scholarships
Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.