National Security Studies

The Certificate in National Security Studies offers students expertise and understanding of the broad range of threats to United States security in our new century. The Certificate in National Security Studies draws on experts in government, international relations, bioscience, and military affairs in order to provide students with the tools to analyze threats that challenge US security, at home and abroad.

Quick Stats

Course Locations Washington, D.C.; *Online
Available 100% Online No
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements Five courses

Professionally, the Johns Hopkins Certificate in National Security Studies is the perfect credential for those who want to capitalize on this vital and growing field. The curriculum curates courses from throughout Johns Hopkins University’s disciplines, offering you a dynamic, multi-perspective grounding in national security topics. Courses intersect the political, theoretical, and scientific analysis of security issues and offer knowledge that you’ll be able to apply directly to work across the national security career spectrum.

For those who want more, pairing the Certificate in National Security Studies with other Hopkins programs, including the MA in Government, MS in Applied Economics, MS in Energy Policy and Climate or the MS in Biotechnology provides a comprehensive package for ambitious students to advance their career goals.


Listen to interviews with some of the leading minds in global security hosted by National Security Studies Program Director Mark Stout at our Global Security Podcast page.

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State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in National Security Studies from students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, or Minnesota. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.