Master of Arts in National Security Studies

Prerequisite Courses (12 units)

Competence in these areas must be demonstrated by formal completion of the course or its equivalent or credit by examination (not applicable to PCSI 484 National Security Policy)

  • MATH 110: College Algebra (4)
  • PSCI 203: American Government (4)
  • PSCI 484: National Security Policy (4)

(ENG 306: Expository Writing (4) This is the graduate entrance writing requirement.)

Degree Requirements (46 units)

Core courses (20 units)
  1. PSCI 600: Theory and History of Strategy (4)
  2. PSCI 601: Strategic Systems and Strategic Thought (4)
  3. Four units chosen from
    • PSCI 592: Seminar in Government: Research Methods (4)
    • MATH 611: Operations Analysis (4)
  4. Four units chosen from
    • PSCI 602: International Security (4)
    • PSCI 609: International Relations Theory (4)
  5. Four units chosen from:
    • PSCI 624 Politics of National Security (4)
    • PSCI 625 American Foreign Policy (4)

Field (8 units)
Students shall choose a field concentration and associated course work in consultation with their faculty advisor. Fields will consist of eight units, minimum, in regional or functional areas of concentration.

  • Regional Area of Concentration: African Security, Eurasian Security, Middle East Security, East Asian Security
  • Functional Area of Concentration: Intelligence, Terrorism
  • Others: To be arranged between faculty advisor, students and approved by the NSS Director.

Electives (16-18 units)
Eighteen units chosen from among courses not used for either the core or field requirements listed below.

  • CJUS 554: Terrorism (4)
  • CJUS 555: Homeland Security (4)
  • ECON 630: International Economic Issues (4)
  • ENG 631: Approaches to Professional Writing (4)
  • GEOG 610: Military Geography for National Security (4)
  • HIST 556: Foreign Relations of the United States (4)
  • MATH 611: Operations Analysis (4)
  • PSCI 540: Seminar in Comparative Politics (when the topic conforms to a regional or functional field concentration) (4)
  • PSCI 590: Seminar in International Relations (when the topic conforms to a regional or functional field concentration) (4)
  • PSCI 592: Seminar in Government (Research Methods) (4)
  • PSCI 604: Seminar in International Law (4)
  • PSCI 605: Topics in Strategy (4)
  • PSCI 606: Analysis of International Terrorism (4)
  • PSCI 609: International Relations Theory (4)
  • PSCI 611: Regional Security of Eurasia (4)
  • PSCI 612: African Security (4)
  • PSCI 613: Middle East Security (4)
  • PSCI 614: Regional Security of East Asia (4)
  • PSCI 620: Understanding Intelligence Failure (4)
  • PSCI 621: Strategic Intelligence (4)
  • PSCI 622: Arms Control (4)
  • PSCI 624: Politics of National Security (4)
  • PSCI 625: American Foreign Policy (4)
  • SSCI 695: Directed Graduate Studies (2 or 4 units for a maximum of 10 units)
Culminating Experience
  • PSCI 999: Comprehensive Examination (0)

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 10 quarter hours of acceptable post baccalaureate credit taken at an accredited institution of higher learning may be applied toward the requirements of the M.A. in National Security Studies. Selected Department of Defense courses (War College, Command and Staff College and Squadron Officers School) have been approved for transfer credit. Determination of acceptability of transfer credit requests is made upon receipt of official transcripts by the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations and upon recommendation of the director of National Security Studies.