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MA in National Security Studies - Middle East Politics

The Master of Arts in National Security Studies program with a concentration in Middle East Politics aims to help students understand the complex issues of religion, politics, and culture in Middle Eastern countries. Read more about Regent University's program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in National Security Studies with a concentration in Middle East Politics

School Offering Program:

Regent University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in the Master of Arts in National Security Studies - Middle East Politics program should have some leadership experience, well-developed analytical skills, and a desire to tackle complex political problems. 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:

Teaching students how to unpack complicated religious, political, and cultural issues is the main goal of the Master of Arts in National Security Studies - Middle East Politics program at Regent University. To this end, Regent designed the curriculum to delve into ideas of international religious freedom, Islamic political thought, and Sharia law. Students have the chance to gain a better understanding of both national and international security as well as the opportunity to analyze threats and cultivate plans to thwart terrorism. Those interested in conducting research in an area of interest can undertake a thesis project to complete program requirements.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

36 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 National Security Studies with a Concentration in Middle East Politics:

The core courses in this program add up to 18 credit hours, while the concentration courses and electives add another 18 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Research Methods
  • International Relations Theory
  • Grand Strategy and Military Operations
  • National Security Affairs
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Christian Foundations of Government
    • Christian Ethics & the Law of Armed Conflict

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Students choose four courses from the following:
    • History and Politics of Israel
    • U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
    • Mid-East Politics
    • International Religious Freedom
    • Sharia Law
    • Democracy and Development
    • Islamic Political Thought
    • Preparing a Thesis Proposal
    • Thesis

Electives (6 credits)

  • Students choose two additional government courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates who are interested in learning more about Middle East politics and national security may think about applying to a doctoral program in the field. A doctorate could open up more responsibilities and career opportunities.

Here are a few options to think about:

  • Doctor of Global Security
  • Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  • Ph.D. in Homeland Security

Career Paths:

Once they've completed this Master of Arts in National Security Studies with a concentration in Middle East Politics program, graduates could be able to understand the complex, intertwining relationships between Islam, the Middle East, politics, and United States security. With this knowledge, graduates might work for government agencies, nonprofits, or corporations.

Here are a few potential job options:

  • Terrorism threat advisor
  • Middle East political analyst
  • Foreign conflict manager

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