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The American flag: Pursue your Master’s in National Security Studies at Regent- online or in Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

M.A. in National Security Studies

Defend & Secure Our Nation. Pursue Your Master’s in National Security Studies.

Are you wired to foresee and tackle challenges related to homeland security, counter-terrorism, and national and international intelligence? Sharpen your skills through our online and on-campus Master of Arts in National Security Studies. Choose from in-demand concentrations that allow you to focus your master’s in national security studies program.

On Campus, Online
36-38
May 6, 2024

Careers | Concentrations | Courses | Admissions | Tuition

Increase Your Career Potential

Prepare for opportunities in the defense industry, military, government, private sector, and beyond.

Position Yourself for Impact

Affect change in cybersecurity, military operations, crisis management, diplomacy, strategic intelligence, and other areas critical to national security.

Develop Your Expertise & Leadership

Identify, analyze, forecast, and manage emerging security threats and identify strategic, policy-based security solutions.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

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 Military Friendly Top 5 School by Military Friendly®, 2023-24, and among the Top 10 Best for Vets Colleges: Online & Nontraditional by Military Times, 2020. Experience the Regent difference through the master’s in national security studies.

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

M.A. in National Security Studies Career Opportunities

The master’s in national security studies offers the following concentrations:

  • Cybersecurity Policy
  • Homeland Security
  • Indo-Pacific Politics
  • International Security
  • Mid-East Politics

Career Opportunities:

  • Corporate or National Security Administration
  • DoD, CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland Security
  • Foreign Conflict Manager
  • Risk Manager/Security Analyst/Threat Advisor
  • Military
28%
Projected Employment Growth for Information Security Analysts U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in National Security Studies – Cybersecurity Policy will equip you with the legal insight, strategies and foresight to help corporations and the nation defend against cyber threats.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in National Security Studies – Homeland Security will teach you how to identify and analyze potential security threats to the U.S. while you broaden your knowledge in the areas of domestic terrorism, natural disasters and cybersecurity.

The M.A. in National Security Studies – 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.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in National Security Studies – International Security will teach you how to identify, assess and deter international security threats as you broaden your knowledge in the areas of national security and cybersecurity.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in National Security Studies – Middle East Politics will help you understand the various political, cultural and religious issues in the Middle East, so you can grow your network as a trusted security advisor.

Provides the knowledge, resources, and essential skills needed for success at the graduate level. Topics include academic writing, online learning, information literacy, and advising and support services for Government.
Qualitative and quantitative reasoning, the basic principles of the philosophy of science, and positivist and reflexivist approaches to knowledge creation. Cross listed with GOV 703.
Offers a biblical perspective of the religious, philosophical, and cultural foundations of Western civilization. Cross-listed with GOV 704.
Considers the nature of war and peace, including thought and practice from philosophical and religious viewpoints, with particular reference to the Christian tradition (e.g. just war theory) and the formal law of armed conflict. Cross-listed with LAW 560 and GOV 705.
Foundational seminar for graduate work in International Relations and International Security. Identifies and explains key methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of international relations theory, applies these methods and theories to specific practical aspects of international relations, and analyzes various IR theories and perspectives in light of a Christian world view. Cross-listed with GOV 725.
Provides the theoretical and conceptual tools required to understand the grand strategy assumptions underlying Western national security policies since the advent of Clausewitz and Jomini with a focus on the application of grand strategy to military operations across the elements of national power (diplomatic, information, military, economics) and among U.S. and allied forces since World War I. Cross-listed with GOV 741.
This course offers a comprehensive overview of the study of international conflict and security. The goal is to provide students with a solid theoretical and conceptual foundation for understanding the causes, nature, and consequences of key developments in international conflict and cooperation. Cross-listed with GOV 732.
Historical development of US foreign policy principles; actors involved in creation of foreign policy, role of interest groups and special interests; economic aspects of US foreign policy and the role of ideology and religion; considers America’s role in the world today. Cross-listed with GOV 789.

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 admissions@regent.edu 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 regent.edu/items.

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 regent.edu/items.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu 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.

2023-24 Tuition Rates

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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2022-23 Tuition Rates

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

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*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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.

“Professors give real-life lessons and then connect them with God's purpose for your life in a relevant manner.”

Hannah Bell, M.A., 2012 Nonprofit Organization Leader

“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

“All the time, when people hear I am studying public administration, they say, ‘Oh, we need more Christian leaders in government!’ It’s a perfect fit for Regent’s mission. And if you’re a Christian, you have something anchoring you to the decisions you make that affect an entire country.”

Sonya Mills, MPA, 2018 Human Resources Administrative Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice, Hawaii

“What distinguishes Regent from other graduate schools is the Christian application to public policy issues. My faith is more complete because I was able to integrate a biblical worldview with domestic and international political issues.”

Amber Sells, M.A., 2008

“I'm so glad Regent isn't afraid to engage with other viewpoints. It's a place where people are willing to debate their position honestly and without fear.”

Larry Mayes, M.A., 1998 Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston