Global security in the 21st century is complex: rising powers, non-state actors, hybrid wars, cyber challenges, resource scarcity. With these challenges comes an opportunity to create smart, effective policies that help shape and protect our world.

Degree Type:
Master of Arts
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
On Campus, Online
Washington, D.C.
12 courses
Time to Complete:
12 – 24 months
Visa Eligible

MA in Global Security Studies Program Overview

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.

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, D.C., or a mixture of both.

Why to Pursue an MA in Global Security Studies at Hopkins

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.

Center for Data Analytics, Policy, and Government

Our mission, to provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which innovative policy programs and promising leaders can develop, informs all of The Center’s initiatives. The Center encompasses several degrees and certificate programs designed to enhance understanding of the processes of government and global security.

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Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help shape the global security policy in today’s complex world.

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