Master of Arts in Global Security Studies

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Prepare to Conquer 21st Century Security Challenges

Face complex challenges such as cyberattacks, non-state threats, and rising powers with the Master of Arts in Global Security Studies program from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division. This degree offers you a foundation of global security knowledge with concepts from military, economic, energy, and environmental fields. Choose a concentration in Strategic Studies, Economic Security, or Energy and Environmental Security, or you can customize your program with electives examining political science, government, public management, intelligence analysis, and economic security.

As you chart your course in the program, you will learn from faculty who have gained professional experience with government agencies, the U.S. military, and multinational consulting firms. Their expertise in international security will enable you to:

  • Learn to create smart, effective policies that help shape and protect our world.
  • Develop the skills and tools necessary to tackle the 21st century’s most significant security challenges.
  • Address today’s pressing and complex global security issues.

Our global security studies master’s degree program offers flexibility to working professionals. Study online or on campus as you prepare to advance as a policy analyst, intelligence officer, corporate risk analyst, defense contractor, or other security-conscious role.

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Professional Opportunities

Earning this degree can open the door to many career paths. For example, as a policy analyst, you can serve your community in government, labor unions, and political groups by improving policies, advocating for change, and researching how policies affect individuals. The median annual wage for policy analysts in the political science field was $128,020 in 2022.1

Gain Specialized Knowledge for Your Career

This degree program offers three concentrations to choose from, enabling you to gain more specialized knowledge. These concentrations prepare graduates to pursue positions with the Departments of Defense, State, or Homeland Security, along with private-sector entities that promote a safer world.

Study career-specific levels of strategy — grand strategy, strategy, operations, and tactics — in national security, military, and economic contexts.

Determine factors that account for successful economic development versus stagnation as you study concepts in development aid, the role of international organizations, sustainable development, corruption, institution building, and more.

Examine the myriad of ways that increased competition for environmental and energy resources, strained resources, and changing conditions can affect national security.

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  1. “Political Scientists.” 6 September 2023. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 10 Oct. 2023.