Program Length: 28 Credit Hours
(One year to complete with full-time student status; part-time study also permitted)
The Executive Master of Arts in National Security Affairs is designed for professionals with seven to ten years of relevant work experience. The curriculum provides a comprehensive study of the development and implementation of national security policy, to include its intellectual and ideological dimensions, e.g., the battle of ideas. This program also equips the student with powerful tools and knowledge to advance their careers and enhance the formulation of American national security policy.
- IWP 642 Economics for Foreign Policy Makers (2 credits)
- IWP 634 Geography and Strategy (2 credits)
- IWP 674 National Security Policy Directed Study (2 credits)
- IWP 675 Political and Moral Philosophy (2 credits) (syllabus under development)
- IWP 659 Enemy Threat Doctrine of Global Jihadism OR IWP 630 Chinese Grand Strategy: Foreign and Military Policy OR IWP 603 Russian Politics and Foreign Policy (4 credits) OR IWP 680 Modern China
- IWP 679 Defense Strategy, Planning and Budgeting (4 credits)
- IWP 627 International Relations, Statecraft and Integrated Strategy (4 credits)
- IWP 637 Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare OR IWP 641 Political Warfare: Past, Present and Future (4 credits)
- IWP 616 U.S. National Security Strategy and Emerging Threats (4 credits)
The Admissions Committee evaluates each application for this degree with a focus on professional experience and leadership, ultimately assessing how your professional experiences have given you an extensive understanding of one of the elements of statecraft. This includes your individual and unique qualifications in the following:
The breadth and depth of your professional experience, your level of management responsibilities (e.g., strategy, operations, etc.), career progression and demonstrated leadership. The Executive MA applicant must have 7-10 years of relevant experience.
Integrated Intellectual Capabilities
Your potential to succeed academically as demonstrated through your academic record, letters of recommendation, professional experience, and understanding of intelligence, national security or international affairs at an integrated, strategic level.
The Admissions Committee seeks candidates who are considered high-potential leaders who have the desire to enhance the formulation and conduct of American national security policy.