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M.A. in National Security Studies – Middle East Politics

Take the Lead as a Trusted Advisor

Are you interested in the Middle East and their role in the world? Regent’s online and on-campus Master of Arts in National Security Studies – Middle East Politics degree equips you to understand the various political, cultural and religious issues in the Middle East – from nation building to developing civil society to political Islam – so you can provide detailed analysis and serve as a trusted security advisor.

On Campus, Online
36-38
August 22, 2022
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Learn to Identify & Analyze

Gain in-depth knowledge of the Middle East, as well as grand strategy, national security and international security to analyze risk, identify future threats and develop strategic counterterrorism plans.

Access Faculty Experts

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

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

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 Military Friendly Top 10 School by Military Friendly®, 2022-23, 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 – Middle East Politics 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 – Middle East Politics degree, you will be able to:

  • Forecast and prepare for future concerns in the Middle East.
  • Analyze and improve foreign policies and international relations strategies.
  • Provide in-depth insight and counsel regarding the Middle East and its political, cultural, and religious views.

Career Opportunities

  • Middle East Political Analyst
  • Terrorism Threat Advisor
  • Foreign Conflict Manager/Security Specialist
  • DoD, CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA
  • Military
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Projected Employment Growth for Information Security Analysts U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

An analysis of the nature and development of the Israeli political system, including historical background, Zionism, elections and the institutions of government, constitutional issues, and religion and politics. The relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy will also be explored as well as the regional and global context in which Israel exists.

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.

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.

Survey Islamic Law in three parts: (1) Qur’anic foundations using the Qur’an itself and the history of its various interpretations; (2) “classical/historical/orthodox/traditional” Sharia itself; and (3) the application of Sharia in Muslim nations today and its relevancy to non-Muslim nations. Cross-listed as LAW 812.

Presents the most influential threads of political thought and philosophy in the Islamic world from Muhammad and the Caliphate through modern jihadism. Topics and authors examined include Sunni and Shi’ite theories of leadership, the Mamluk ideology, Ibn Khaldun, al-Farabi, Ibn Rushd, Sayeed Qutb, and others.

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

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.

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