Executive Master of Arts in National Security Affairs

Blue Globe 2 444x71828 Credit Hours

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.

Required courses:

  • 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 Al Qaeda's Enemy Threat Doctrine OR IWP 630 Chinese Grand Strategy OR IWP 603 Russian Politics and Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • IWP 613 History of International Relations (4 credits)
  • IWP 627 International Relations, Statecraft, and Integrated Strategy (4 credits)
  • IWP 637 Public Diplomacy & Political Warfare OR IWP 641 Political Warfare: Past, Present and Future (4 credits)
  • IWP 616 US National Security Strategy & Emerging Threats (4 credits)

Admissions Criteria

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:

Professional Background

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.