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MA in Government - National Security Studies

The Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies program offers students the chance to deepen their understanding of foreign affairs, terrorism, and disaster management. Learn more about Regent University's M.A. in Government degree here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Interested in the M.A. in Government - National Security Studies program? Regent looks for candidates with strong analytical skills, past leadership experience, and a desire to help secure their country. All applicants to a graduate program at Regent University should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

With the Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies program, Regent University aims to equip students to be leaders in securing the country from external and internal threats. Regent designed the curriculum to explore the role of interest groups, delve into cybersecurity issues, and take a hard look at U.S. foreign policy. Students will be asked to analyze potential threats, develop actions plans to thwart them and understand what's involved in responding to major disasters. Coursework, which is taught from a Christian perspective, also covers topics like terrorism, ethics, and American politics.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies:

Students will need to complete at least 30 credit hours of coursework to graduate from this master's program, which includes 15 credits of core courses and 12 credits of concentration courses. Students may also choose to complete a thesis and/or internship. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (15 credits)

  • Research Methods
  • Christian Foundations of Government
  • American Politics
  • International Relations Theory
  • American Political Thought

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Cybersecurity Policy & Affairs
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Students choose two courses from the following:
    • Christian Ethics & the Law of Armed Conflict
    • Military Cyberspace Operations, Strategy and Tactics
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience
    • Terrorism and Homeland Defense
    • Crisis/Disaster Consequence Management
    • National Security Affairs
    • National Security Law

Elective/Internship Course (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Elective course
    • Internship

Optional Thesis (6 credits)

  • Preparing a Thesis Proposal
  • Thesis

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing the Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies program, graduates may choose to continue their education by enrolling in a related doctoral-level degrees. Those who choose to earn a doctorate degree could have additional opportunities in national security, policy administration, research, or postsecondary education.

Some possible degree options include:

  • Doctor of Statecraft and National Security
  • Doctor of Management - Homeland Security
  • Ph.D. in Government
  • Doctor of Public Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in National Security Studies may be prepared to enter careers as analysts, national security experts, and public servants. They might find careers where they analyze threats, create strategic response plans, or resolve emerging risks.

Some potential jobs could be found in the following areas:

  • Emergency management
  • Homeland security & defense
  • Private security
  • National intelligence

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