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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

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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May 6, 2024
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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.


Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). 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.

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On completing the master’s in National Security Studies – Indo-Pacific Politics degree, you can:

  • 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. Cross-listed with GOV 742.
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. Cross-listed with GOV 744.
Analyzes United States-China relations in the 21st century, surveyed themes include: power shifts, gray zone competition, human rights, and ethics in geopolitical competition. Cross-listed with GOV 745.
Deals with Asia’s wars and peace 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. Cross-listed with GOV 776.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All 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 11Monday, August 21
Session BFriday, October 13Monday, October 23
Session CThursday, January 4Monday, January 8
Session DFriday, March 1Monday, March 11
Session EFriday, April 26Monday, May 6
Session FFriday, June 7Monday, June 17

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: 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
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9006$5,400

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
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9009$8,100

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

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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
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9006$5,400

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
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$9009$8,100

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800 (Fall & Spring)
$650 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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“The whole concept at Regent was, if you are pursuing administration in the public interest, you aren't just doing it to be a bureaucrat, but to serve those around you. You have to be engaged and know what you believe when you go into it, to stand up for what you think is right.”

Andrew Owen, MPA, 2017 Deputy Treasurer, City of Suffolk

“My time at RSG was a rewarding experience! I was enlightened about the various ideas that influence the political, economic, and social agendas of the world. In addition, I built relationships with faculty, staff, and students and benefited from several RSG-sponsored opportunities.”

Takeshia Stokes, M.A., 2010

“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

“"If I had to choose one highlight of my time at Regent, it would be my working experience with my professor as a research assistant. Working with him has taught me first-hand how to honor God with my mind."”

Nathan Gill, M.A. in Government, 2013