MA Global Security (Cybersecurity)
The MA in Global Security is an online graduate program designed to empower its graduates with the skills and knowledge to analyze contemporary global security challenges. With the cybersecurity concentration, students can deepen their understanding of the growing cyber threat landscape in the context of global security.
You’ll learn about important challenges facing the diplomatic, intelligence and military communities, with a focus on cyber threats, responses, and policy. This program is non-technical and does not require expertise in computer science, engineering, or coding. It is policy-oriented and designed to educate future leaders on the complex nature of digital threats and how to address them from a national to a global level.
Degree Awarded: MA Global Security (Cybersecurity)
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:
- Advance their careers in global security, international relations, intelligence, diplomacy, and other related fields. In an age where global security impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, the possibilities are endless. See what past graduates have done with their MA in Global Security degree.
- Learn from and network with leading professionals in the cyber security arena. The cyber curriculum is guided by Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle (former Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Peter W. Singer (one of the world’s foremost authorities on national security strategy and the author of several major books on cybersecurity). See who you’ll be learning from.
- Connect with fellow students all over the world, engage in weekly discussions, attend exclusive events with faculty and students, and gain access to our growing alumni networks in Phoenix and Washington, DC. See what events you’ll have access to as a student or graduate of the program.
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
The MA in Global Security requires the successful completion of 30 credits of coursework. The Cybersecurity Concentration requires students to take four classes focusing on cyber issues out of the 10 classes required to complete the degree.
Required Core (3 credit hours)
GSC 501 War, Conflict and Security (3)
Concentration (12 credit hours)
GSC 560 Overview of Cybersecurity (3)
GSC 561 Cybersecurity Threats and Trends (3)
GSC 562 Cybersecurity, Global Politics and Resiliency (3)
GSC 563 Cybersecurity Planning and Strategy (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.
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.
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.
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.
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. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu
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.