Degree Requirements

Students will take Introduction to Global Security Studies in their first semester. This course introduces the topics and themes of the Global Security Studies degree and allows students to begin thinking about topics they may be interested in exploring in their research study.

In their second semester students should begin the taking the research methodology courses that will culminate in their research study in their final semester. In general, students should complete all their core classes before their final semester.  Students may take their intelligence courses in whatever semesters seem convenient. However, if possible, they should take an introductory course before their other intelligence courses.

Program Requirements

Core (4 classes)

Intelligence (5 classes)

One class from each of five areas:

  • Introductory Courses
  • Law and Ethics
  • Theory, History, and Context
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Applications of Intelligence

Courses that fulfill those requirements are listed here.

Electives (3 classes)

Any electives that fall under the rubric of Global Security Studies or Intelligence (generally courses with a 470 prefix) or Science, Technology and International Security (courses with a 406 prefix).

Research Study Process (3 classes)

More Information

For more information about courses, please see the Course Descriptions page for the Global Security Studies and Intelligence program and for the Science, Technology and International Security program. Please note that not all courses are available each semester.

For information on exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors for the next term, students should consult the Advanced Academic Programs Course Schedule available several months before each semester or term begins. The Multi-Year Schedule may also be a useful planning tool.

Courses are open only to students who meet enrollment requirements. All classes are held at the Hopkins Washington Center at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. close to the Dupont Circle (South) exit or online.