University of Arizona International Security Studies Degree

The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona and is a member of the prestigious, invitation-only Association of American Universities—made up of just 62 top U.S. research universities. As one of the world’s premier public research universities, the University conducts more than $625 million of research annually and is one of the United States’ top producers of Fulbright scholars. Eighteen of its graduate programs rank among the top 20 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.

The UA is building a new university for the 21st century, producing graduates who are global citizens, engaged leaders, and fulfilled individuals. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Security Studies (ISS), housed in the School of Government and Public Policy is one of many programs designed to address the challenges of future leaders and world citizens. The program is fully online, allowing students from around the world access to a first-class fully accredited M.A. degree in International Security Studies.

This program is taught by regular UA faculty who draw upon their research expertise to offer courses that cover existing and prospective security challenges faced by the world community. As international security goes beyond military capacity and force, the program also offers courses on energy, environmental, economic, and human security challenges. Currently, the program offers more than 15 courses, covering a wide range of topics including terrorism, armed conflict, climate change, democratization, and energy policy in a number of regions around the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, Russia, the United States, Sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia.

Students must complete 12 courses or 36 credit hours to obtain a M.A. degree. It takes approximately 20 months to finish the degree as a full-time student.

All courses are taught by Arizona faculty members and have been designed specifically for the ISS program. All courses are eight weeks long to accommodate students who work full-time or part-time while engaging with the ISS program. For those seeking to gain knowledge of international security, but who do not wish to pursue a full graduate degree, a Certificate in International Security Studies is also available. The Certificate consists of four courses or twelve credit hours. Students can start either in the fall or in the spring. It takes approximately four weeks to process and admit a new application.

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