The MA in National Security Studies is designed to join theory and practice throughout the program. Students will learn about the theory of national security as well as the background information they need to understand the actors, institutions, contexts, methods, and ethics of national security decision-making. They will also learn how to conduct their own research and perform data analysis, hand-on skills that are necessary to flourish in the field. Students are able to customize their degree and their learning by pursuing one of three different certificate tracks: in international and regional security, cybersecurity, or criminal justice, and are eligible to earn a graduate certificate in the track they chose in addition to their MA degree to demonstrate that specialization.
In addition to being available on its own, students can also combine their MA in National Security Studies with an MS in Cybersecurity, an MS in Criminal Justice, or can complete an MA with a dual major in National Security Studies and International Relations. Details on these combined degrees can be found on the National Security Studies page of the graduate catalog.
Points of Distinction
- Specialized Degree Tracks: Students can choose to specialize in either international and regional security, cybersecurity, or criminal justice, and are eligible to earn a graduate certificate in the track they chose in addition to their MA degree to demonstrate that specialization.
- Individual Research: The National Security Studies program is committed to the idea of personalized education based on close relationships between faculty and students. As the culmination of their studies, all National Security Studies students will undertake an independent research project, working with a faculty member to design, conduct, and present their research.
- Flexible Scheduling: Online learning makes it possible to earn a degree on a flexible schedule or while traveling.
- A Global Institution: Webster's global footprint means that National Security Studies students have the chance to study with faculty that are part of a global institution. Study abroad opportunities exist for students who wish to pursue them.
Careers in the Field of National Security
- National Security Analyst
- Intelligence Officer
- Security Officer
- Homeland Security Investigations
- Detention and Deportation Officer
- Criminal Investigator
- Contract Specialist
- Civil-Military Liaison
- Public-Private Liaison
- Contract Specialist
- Mission Support Specialist
- Cybersecurity Specialist
- Logistic Specialist
- Risk Assessment
- Security Concierge
National Security Studies Academic Programs
To read about the specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, see the National Security Studies page in the graduate catalog.
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