MA Global Security

The Master of Arts in Global Security is an online graduate program designed to empower its graduates with the skills and knowledge to analyze contemporary global security challenges. It emphasizes practical skills and policy-oriented approaches, and is designed to aid professional advancement in military, government, and private sector careers.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MA Global Security

This fully online program is highly flexible and designed for students from various backgrounds and with existing responsibilities. Students may complete their degree from anywhere in the world and proceed at their own pace. MA in Global Security students can:

  • Learn from and network with leading professionals in the global security arena. Our highly engaged faculty include top advisors, military strategists, humanitarian leaders, award-winning journalists and renowned scholars. See who you’ll be learning from.


The MA in Global Security also offers a Cyber Security Concentration option. It is embedded in the MA in Global Security program with a focus on cyber threats, responses and policy.


Expand your horizons with cutting-edge curriculum designed and taught by world-class faculty. Coursework is designed to develop a holistic perspective on complex global problems, to view contemporary issues through a practitioner’s lens, and to send students out with practical skills for careers in global security. Learn more about the curriculum.

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: online
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

The MA in Global Security requires the successful completion of 30 credits of coursework. Students must take GSC 501 as well as GSC 550, the independent capstone project. All remaining courses are electives.

Required Core (3 credit hours)
GSC 501 War, Conflict and Security (3)

Electives (24 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
GSC 550 Capstone (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
For electives, students take eight courses from a restricted list for a total of 24 credit hours. Students should contact the academic unit for the approved course list. Other coursework may be used with approval of the academic unit.

Admission Requirements

To apply, submit the following using the graduate admissions page:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • Personal statement that explains why you are interested in the MA in Global Security program. Please provide insight into who you are and what sort of a student and colleague you will be if accepted into the program
  • Official transcripts (GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but we admit students with lower GPAs, sometimes as provisional admissions. More important is your motivation, discipline, and capacity to express your ideas in writing).
  • At least one letter of recommendation (applicants may submit additional letters)
  • CV or resume

Please note, no GRE is required. Proof of English language proficiency is required for some international applicants.

Deadlines are not firm since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Admissions decisions are generally made within 10 days after applications are complete. Students may begin the program at the beginning of fall, spring, or summer sessions. Fall starts are encouraged to apply by July 23, Spring starts by December 14, and Summer starts by April 19. The program classes are not open for non-degree seeking students.

Linked with the Center on the Future of War and New America, students have access to cutting edge research and leading practitioners in global security, human rights, cybersecurity, diplomacy, and related fields.

Graduate Certificate

Those interested in the curriculum but who do not need a full master's degree should consider a Graduate Certificate in Global Security and Competitive Statecraft. The certificate program is specifically designed to expand knowledge in strategic statecraft, global security, or military strategy. It is a fully online, 15-credit hour, non-degree program taught by a cadre of senior experts in national security, diplomacy, cybersecurity, and statecraft. Learn more about the Certificate in Global Security and Competitive Statecraft.

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Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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