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he Master of Arts in International Security Studies is a brand new program offered by the School of Government and Public Policy. There is also an International Security Studies Certificate for those not seeking a full graduate degree. The Masters of Arts in International Security Studies requires 36 graduate credit hours and is delivered online through the Outreach College. This degree is a distance learning program and is not offered on campus. All courses are delivered online.
Courses are drawn from a variety of topics such as Conflict in the Middle East, Climate Change, Foreign Policy of Russia, American Foreign Policy, American National Security, International Security, Global Political Economy, European Security, and Terrorism and Terrorist Networks, Research Design, and Japanese and Chinese Nationalism.
The MA program seeks to expose future decision makers and analysts to existing and prospective security challenges faced by the United States and the world community. The courses are designed to review the principal features of international security both empirically and conceptually. Many of the courses review the principal features of the international system from the postwar period to present-day. Since contemporary security goes beyond military capacity and force, the program seeks to address challenges related to demographic, environmental, developmental, and social trends. The conceptual framework applied across the course offerings tend to provide a strong interdisciplinary and cross-regional approach.
This new degree program is designed for military and civilian personnel seeking careers in intelligence, foreign policy analysis, and foreign service. It is also intended, however, for people who seek a career in government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations with interests in international affairs.
There are various types of financial assistance that can help you cover the costs associated with college. UA offers a wide array of scholarship programs. Every student is considered for scholarships as long as a complete application for admission, transcripts and test scores have been received.
To apply for need-based aid, U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your information sent to UA, specify the UA school code 001083.
To ensure you get the best financial package, be sure to complete a FAFSA by March 1st and have a complete Admissions Application (application, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores) by May 1st.
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The University of Arizona is working in cooperation with state agencies to comply with required authorizations in each state. Review your states current status with regard to online programs at the University of Arizona, including any special requirements which may exist for your academic program of interest.
Important note for prospective students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in your state (i.e. Nursing, Education), it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning an academic program located outside your state.