M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations


Program Description


The 36 credit M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations is designed to provide students with a core understanding of critical issues informing the field of national security today, including the assessment and analysis of the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and beyond, and the analysis of intelligence collection. Students will also develop a deep understanding of the international context in which U.S. national security issues are shaped.

National Security Affairs is one of the fastest growing professions with positions open in the public sector in the federal, state and local governments and in the private sector. This program is designed both for professionals and those aspiring for careers in the field, as well as for students with a strong academic interest in security affairs and international relations.


The program consists of a core of 7 courses (21 credits). The ability to critically analyze intelligence information and global security issues, interpret historical and contemporary issues informing the field, and perform textual analyses, defines the program core's most important learning outcomes.

Following completion of the program core, students must complete 15 credits of coursework from the list of available electives. The elective list contains both courses that emphasize domestic security and courses that have a broader international focus, resulting in sufficient breadth of subject matter to allow students to tailor their choices around particular academic or professional interests.

Admissions Requirements

CAHSS accepts applications to the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs from any person who possesses or is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must complete all bachelor's degree requirements before beginning graduate studies.

Criteria for acceptance into the M.S. National Security Affairs and International Relations include high-level undergraduate academic performance and/or relevant current working experience; a life passion or practical interest in using skills and theories in specific settings after graduation; the ability to think clearly in challenging interactions; tolerant, nonjudgmental attitudes and open-mindedness toward different types of people; and the ability to combine assessment skills with compassion and fairness.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. Up to six (6) graduate credits may be transferred into this program. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.S. in National Security Affairs program.

International Students

Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by emailing International Students or visiting the International Students webpage.


Fall (August) Application Deadline - July 15

Winter (January) Application Deadline - December 1

Summer (May) Application Deadline - April 15

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