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 helps shape and protect our world.

Degree Type:
Master of Arts
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online, Onsite
Washington, DC
12 courses
Time to Complete:
12 – 24 months

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.

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 FBI

  • The Intelligence Community

  • Congress

  • Government contractors

  • International NGOs

  • Political risk and 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.

Complementary Credentials

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.

Center for Advanced Governmental Studies

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.

Ready to Take Action?

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

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