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M.A. in National Security Studies – International Security

Be a World Changer

Do you want to help create a more secure world? Regent’s online and on-campus Master of Arts in National Security Studies – International Security degree equips you to identify, assess and deter international security threats. You’ll explore the roles of U.S. intelligence agencies and broaden your knowledge of grand strategy, national security and cybersecurity to analyze risk, identify future threats, and develop strategic action plans.

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March 15, 2021
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Learn to Identify, Assess and Defend

Gain insight in national security, foreign policy and international relations, and develop sophisticated analysis skills to assess terror threats and develop effective counterterrorism strategies.

Access Faculty Experts

Be mentored by renowned scholars and practitioners committed to national service – and to your success.

Expand Your Reach

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

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Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). We have also been recognized as a Military Friendly Top 10 School by Military Friendly®, 2020, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020. Experience the Regent difference through the Master of Arts in National Security Studies – International Security program.

Presented from a Christian perspective, this degree is supported by our respected faculty in Virginia Beach.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the M.A. in National Security Studies – International Security degree, you will be able to:

  • Analyze national security, foreign policy and international relations issues.
  • Develop effective counterterrorism strategies to address potential threats.
  • Address international policies and security issues brought forth by U.S. and international intelligence agencies, as well as international organizations such as the U.N.

Career Opportunities

  • International Security Analyst
  • Homeland Security Specialist
  • Risk Manager/Counterintelligence Threat Advisor
  • DoD, CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA
  • Military
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Projected Employment Growth for Information Security Analysts U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Considers applicability of traditional IR theory paradigms to description and analysis of cyber conflict and cyber international relations. Considers issues of political economy associated with globalization and cryptocurrencies. Introduces cyberspace actors and institutions and prospects for global conflict and conflict resolution.

Introduces major operational concepts as applied to cyberspace; compares and contrasts traditional military doctrines, tactics and strategies with those used in cyberspace; presents institutions involved in cyberconflict and their functions domestically and internationally, and describes prospects for peace-building and international cooperation in cyberspace.

The application of information systems concepts and tools to challenges and opportunities in the public sector focusing on information system trends; managerial use of information systems; hardware, software, and telecommunications; systems development processes and practices; strategic and policy issues in IS, and ethical and moral issues surrounding information system management.

Addresses the all hazard approach to critical infrastructure protection with a specific focus on cybersecurity and the use of cyber/IT tools in progressing concepts of risk management, mitigation, preparation, and response and recovery efforts. Includes current National Infrastructure Protection Plan Critical Infrastructure/ Key Resource Sector Specific Plans and the use of the Incident Command System in all hazard emergency management disaster response as per the current National Response Framework.

Evaluates theories about the causes of armed conflict and sustainable peace, both intra- and inter-state, with a focus on specific cases over the past one hundred years. Applies the literature on diplomacy, conflict resolution, track 2 diplomacy and peacebuilding, and transitional justice to real-world cases.

Evaluates the rationale for and contributions of major international organizations in the post-war period with a focus on the UN system, the European Union, and international legal covenants (e.g. international criminal tribunals, ICCPR, etc.)

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.

Analyzes the past and present foreign policy of U.S. in relation to the greater Middle East, with a focus on the post-war era. Cold War politics, the evolving relationship with Israel and various others governments, religionized politics, and related global trends such as terrorism and oil economics.

Political change and ideological trends in the Mid-East after WWII. Explores the politics of state and nation building, the legacies of colonialism, the impact of nationalism, the development of civil society, the complications of oil wealth, the challenges of democracy, and the place of political Islam.

Overview of the global problem of trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. The course examines the issue of trafficking from several perspectives: (i) the various international conventions that prohibit trafficking in persons; (ii) regional examples of trafficking and factors that contribute to it such as civil unrest and governmental corruption; and (iii) the United States legislative and foreign policy response to trafficking in persons. This course will focus on trafficking in persons as a human rights violation and the treatment of trafficked persons as a victim of a crime. Cross-listed with LAW 735. Law Student Prerequisites: Completion of first year. Recommended: LAW 683, 684, and 784.

Addresses the questions of the universality of human rights, including the right of life, the right to death, rights of the child, women’s rights, religious freedoms, the rights of third-world countries and the export of Western values to Eastern societies. Prerequisite: LAW 511. Cross-listed with LAW 883.

International and regional laws regarding the right to expression and protection of religious belief. Defenses to protect religious freedom, mechanisms for advocacy and intervention, and the impact that non-governmental organizations can have in protecting religious freedom. Law Student Prerequisite: LAW 511 and completion of two semesters of law school. Cross-listed with LAW 714.

Explores the role of the various U.S. intelligence agencies in assessing foreign and domestic terror threats, developing effective counterterrorism strategies, and thwarting terrorist aggression. Topics include intelligence collection and analysis, domestic vs. foreign intelligence, uses and limits of intelligence for counterterrorism, ethical issues in intelligence, and intelligence oversight and reform.

Introduces basic concepts and vocabulary for pursuing additional training in cybersecurity policy and affairs. Examines issues such as: how does encryption work? What is code? What is a blockchain and what is critical infrastructure? Also, suitable for students not wishing to pursue a concentration or certificate but wishing to acquire familiarity with these issues.

Analyzes the nature and character of democracy and democratic institutions, compares theoretical approaches to democratization and political development, and analyzes practical case studies.

A multi-disciplinary study of international and multinational social, political, and economic problems from a Comparative and international perspective.

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.

This seminar provides students an analysis of national security topics. Among the topics which may be covered are national security and the role of law, theoretical approaches to national security and world order, development of the international law of conflict management, the use of force in international relations, the laws of wars and neutrality, war crimes, the international law of intelligence collection, the control of international terrorism, American security doctrine and nuclear weapons. Cross-listed with GOV 640.

2020-21 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 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

Note: The application deadline for international applicants applying to attend on campus is March 15.

Prerequisites:

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Government must possess an earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.

Application Process:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

Unofficial transcripts from a U.S.-based school, indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, can be used for an admissions decision. Email your unofficial transcript to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. See the International Admissions Checklist for details.
*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Complete an Admissions Questionnaire Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

5. Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

6. Submit Your Professional Resume (Optional)

Your professional resume or curriculum vitae should include:

  • Employment history with details of responsibilities, skill sets, and results
  • School, community, and church leadership positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Email your resume to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: RSG Master’s Application Pieces.

7. GRE or LSAT Score (Optional)

Test scores may strengthen your application file and improve access to scholarship opportunities. Official scores should be sent directly to Regent University by the testing agency.

8. International Applicants

Visit the International Students Admissions page for additional admission requirements and to determine if you qualify as an international student.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Part TIme

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,05030$20,250
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6756$4,05037$24,975

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,07530$20,250
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6759$6,07537$24,975

Part TIme

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,05030$20,250
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6756$4,05037$24,975

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,07530$20,250
Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA)$6759$6,07537$24,975

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

Jennifer Salcido, M.A., 2012

“With core classes like American Political Thought in RSG, you realize these issues will come up again in your career. You gain a stance you can defend and confidence that you know what you’re talking about.”

Clarin Gniffke, M.A. Government, 2014 Owner, Alexandra Consulting, LLC

“Through the MPA program at Regent, I was chosen to participate in the Ph.D. Project ― an award-winning program designed to create diversity in corporate management. I learned that the pursuit of a doctoral degree is a challenging, yet rewarding experience.”

Theresa Judge, MPA, 2017 The Ph.D. Project

“The Robertson School of Government was the perfect fit in obtaining a master's degree while serving active-duty. The online program gave me the flexibility I needed. This track of study will truly prepare and position you at the forefront of a rapidly expanding skillset within the federal government.”

Jonathan Tillman, M.A., 2010

“Regent’s Military Resource Center introduced me to a network of mentors and went the extra mile to support me.”

Natasha Moore, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2019; MPA, 2020 Navy veteran; preparing to be a commissioned officer in the military