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M.A. in National Security Studies – Indo-Pacific Politics

Improve International Relations & Serve as a Trusted Advisor with a Master’s in National Security Studies

Coming Spring 2023!

Are you interested in working with nations located in the Indo-Malayan areas of the Pacific Ocean? Regent’s Master of Arts in National Security Studies with a concentration in Indo-Pacific Politics equips you to understand the various political, cultural, economic, and religious issues framing the world’s most populous region. With an expansive territory stretching from Australia to India, you will study the Indo-Pacific framework, from nation-building to sustainable development. You’ll also learn how to analyze political strategies that support defense policies while preparing to serve as a trusted security advisor.

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Learn to Identify & Analyze

Gain in-depth knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region to assess national security issues, risks and threats.

Access to Faculty Experts

Learn from and be mentored by renowned scholars and practitioners committed to national service and your success, like RADM Bill McCarthy (USN, ret.), Lt. Col. Charlie Neimeyer, Ph.D. (USMC, ret.), and others. Assistant Professor Dr. Joshua Hastey, director of the M.A. in Government and M.A. in National Security Studies programs, is available to share more about the distinguished experts teaching these highly marketable, in-demand degrees.  

Grow Your Network

Join our global alumni community of government officials, consultants, policymakers, and security professionals in making a difference around the world.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE WITH A MASTER’S IN NATIONAL SECURITY

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for three years (2019, 2020 and 2022). We have also been recognized as a Top 10 Military Friendly® School by Military Friendly, 2022-23, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets: Colleges by Military Times, 2021. This degree is supported by respected faculty in Virginia Beach and online and presented from a Christian perspective.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

On completing the master’s in National Security Studies – Indo-Pacific Politics degree, you will be able to:

  • Examine security challenges distinct to Indo-Pacific maritime and littoral areas and prepare for future concerns.
  • Survey South and Southeast Asia’s history, politics, culture, and geopolitical trends.
  • Analyze U.S.-China relations, power shifts, human rights, and more.
  • Improve foreign policies and international relations strategies.

Career Opportunities

  • Indo-Pacific Political Analyst Diplomacy
  • Terrorism Threat Advisor Corporate Risk Analysis
  • Foreign Conflict Manager/Security Specialist Private Sector or Federal Geopolitical Analysis
  • DoD, CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA Intelligence Community
  • Military Officer or Federal Employee (advanced ranks)

Develops an understanding of how national security experts consider key maritime security issues and their trade-offs with other national security priorities as well as how the elements of national power (diplomatic, information, military, economics) are related to U.S. objectives in dealing with threats and vulnerabilities in the maritime sector.

Surveys the history, politics, culture and geopolitical trends of South and Southeast Asia, with an eye toward the role these regions and countries play in the international relations of the Indo-Pacific region.
Analyzes United States-China relations in the 21st century, surveyed themes include: power shifts, gray zone competition, human rights, and ethics in geopolitical competition.
Deals with the wars and peace of East Asia in the 20th century, and the dynamic political, economic, and religious developments in the 21st century. It will also discuss the division and desire for unification of Korea, and China’s rise as a regional and global power. Includes an analysis of ASEAN’s goal to move from economic cooperation to political integration and regional security, and the consideration of the role of APEC and Asia’s future relations with the United States and European Union.

2022-23 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • Please note that all items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6956$4,170
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6956$4,170

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6959$6,255
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6959$6,255

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,050
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6756$4,050

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,075
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6759$6,075

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Whether you are a prospective student or a current student, your questions matter. Please take a few moments to skim our Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.

“Regent’s online model provided an unparalleled combination of high-quality instruction, flexibility and specialization.”

Kassie Dulin, M.A., 2014 American Government

“All of my professors have such a passion for what they are teaching and it is contagious. RSG professors have first-hand knowledge about the subjects they teach. They emphasize that we can make moral arguments in the public sphere.”

Keelyn Geoghean, M.A., 2014

“Your time in school, and certainly at Regent, molds how you think, molds how you approach things … Regent offers a serious academic environment that provides for growth in those areas.”

Chris Connelly, M.A. in Public Policy, 1998; Ph.D. in Communication, 2020 Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

“Regent provided valuable internship experiences — from working for a Congressman to work in Iraq with the Kurdish government.”

Jennifer Salcido, M.A., 2012