MAGS Students

The MAGS is in its 4th year. The program has over 200 students as of July 2020 and will have over 89 graduates by the end of the summer session 2020. The MAGS student body is diverse and comes to the program from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, including members of the US military, members of other national militaries, government officials, humanitarian assistance workers, law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, cybersecurity specialists, corporate strategists, psychologists, teachers as well as recent college graduates. What unifies our community and what makes our courses lively and engaging is our students’ commitment to seriously exploring pressing global security issues


Most MAGS students are in their late 20s or 30s, but some are recent college graduates and others are in their 40s, 50s, and older. Around half are either currently in the US military or are veterans, about half are minorities, and around thirty percent are women.


The majority of MAGS students work full- or part-time as they study, and many are also raising families. Students can pursue the degree from anywhere in the world. We have students studying with us from across the U.S. as well as from Afghanistan, Kenya, Singapore and other countries around the world.


Many students complete the MA in a calendar year, and most do so within two years after beginning the program.


Over the life of the program MAGS students have overwhelmingly rated the program, courses and faculty as excellent.

Professional advancement

The MAGS assists students in gaining a grounded and relevant understanding of major global trends while developing critical analytic skills to improve their capacity to succeed in multiple career paths related to domestic and international security.

These include:

  • career advancement for early to mid-career U.S. military officers, enlisted and civilians (from all services)
  • career transitions for the U.S. military to private sector positions in global security, intelligence and fields requiring a grounding in international politics (consulting, risk assessment, cybersecurity regional affairs, etc.)
  • professional advancement for humanitarian and other aid workers
  • international development professionals working in conflict zones and on post-conflict reconstruction; policy analysis professionals
  • others seeking career-enhancing training for private and public sector security, international affairs and global politics positions.

MAGS graduates

Several MAGS graduates credit promotions and new jobs to the training they received in the program and to their graduate degree, including new positions in the Diplomatic Security Service, in higher education, in various intelligence agencies (CIA, DIA, etc.), in law enforcement (FBI, etc.), in humanitarian assistance, as security and intelligence analysts in private and commercial enterprises. In addition, MAGS graduates have used their degree for advancement within the military, such as senior enlisted moving up to be E-9s, as well as numerous transition success stories from military service to private sector and government employment. In addition, while the MAGS is not designed to prepare students for academic careers, some graduates have gone onto additional MA programs and others to Ph.D. programs.

MAGS graduates are encouraged to stay connected with the program and periodically update their information using our alumni information form.