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 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: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.


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Sold Out? Iraq, the CIA, and the Kurds: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Gibson

Our newest faculty member, Dr. Bryan Gibson, has just recorded an interview with the International Spy Museum as part of the Museum’s popular Spycast series. In the interview, Dr. Gibson discusses his book, Sold Out? Iraq, the Kurds, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and explains how Iraq should be considered a Cold War battleground every bit as much as Cuba, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Check it out at the International Spy Museum’s website.

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