National Security Studies

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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 Yes
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.

Combined and Joint Programs

Students with scientific or cyber backgrounds as well as an interest in national security have some exciting options in Combined and Joint programs.

Students interested in Biotechnology, or Energy Policy and Climate may wish to pursue one of our Combined programs:

Students interested in a career in cybersecurity or cyber operations in the national security realm may want to apply for the Joint Masters of Security Informatics (MSSI) and Certificate in National Security Studies of the Advanced Academic Programs. This program is offered by the Whiting School of Engineering’s Information Security Institute and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Advanced Academic Programs working in partnership. Note that students interested in this Joint program should apply to both the MS in Security Informatics and the Certificate in National Security Studies. Applicants should indicate their intent to enter the Joint program should indicate that in their statement of purpose.

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State-specific Information for Online Programs

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


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 Podcasts page.

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