MA in Global Security Studies
Prepare for a rewarding career in foreign affairs or national security with the MA in Global Security Studies program at Johns Hopkins University. Our comprehensive program rests on three pillars: military security, economic security, and energy and environmental security.
Courses cover theoretical and practical aspects of global security always closely connected to today’s most pressing issues. Additional elective courses are available from relevant degree programs including Government, Public Management, Intelligence Analysis, Energy Policy and Climate, Environmental Sciences and Policy, and Communication.
Security Is an In-Demand Field
Our graduates start or advance their global security careers as policy analysts, intelligence officers, members of the military, corporate risk analysts, defense contractors, and related roles. They work in sectors and agencies such as:
- The Department of Defense
- The Department of State
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Intelligence Community
- Government contractors
- International NGOs
- Consulting firms
Study on Your Terms
About 90% of our students work full-time while enrolled in the program. We offer a flexible schedule with start dates in the fall, spring, or summer. You can earn your degree online, attend evening classes in Washington, DC, or a mixture of both.
What’s it like to study Global Security at JHU?
Why Study Global Security Studies at JHU
Learn From Experienced Global Security Professionals
Our faculty members have worked as scholar practitioners in the United States and across the globe for government agencies, major research universities, think tanks, the U.S. military, and consulting firms.
Concentrations and Electives
Concentrate in Strategic Studies, Economic Security, or Energy and Environmental Security. Round out your courses with fascinating electives like Congress and the Making of Foreign Policy, Transnational Organized Crime: Gangsters of the Global Underworld, and Covert Action and National Security.
International Study Opportunities
Take one of our summer study abroad trips. Recent courses (and destinations) have included Democracy and Security in Israel; Energy Policy and Environmental Impact in China; and European Security: Russian Challenge, Western Response which traveled to Belgium, Ukraine, and Estonia.
Enhance your global security studies curriculum with the intelligence certificate and earn two credentials at once. In addition, this combination will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.
Expand Your Network
Our Alumni Advisory Board comprises of alumni with notable accomplishments in diverse fields both in the private and public sectors. This group serves as a resource for students and alumni seeking career advice and networking opportunities.
Attend Our Next Event
Join JHU's Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, MA in Museum Studies, Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee, and Hopkins at Home in celebration with a webinar about the Long Journey to Women’s Suffrage.
Ready to Take Action?
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help shape the global security policy in today’s complex world.