The MA in Global Security (MAGS) Cybersecurity Concentration is an interdisciplinary, fully online, non-technical program that trains students to critically engage in global conflict and international security with a focus on cyber threats, responses, and policy. The Cybersecurity Concentration is embedded within the MAGS and requires students to take four classes focusing on cyber issues out of the 10 classes required to complete the degree.
The MAGS Cybersecurity Concentration provides students with an understanding of the complex nature of digital threats and how to address them from a domestic and international perspective. The program is collaborative and thought-provoking, connecting critical concepts with practical, policy-oriented applications. It is designed to aid professional advancement in the military, government, and private-sector careers.
The program does not require expertise in computer science, engineering or coding, and is designed to help train leaders to understand the multiple ways in which cybersecurity issues influence and impact virtually every aspect of our lives.
What makes the MAGS in general, as well as the Cybersecurity Concentration so valuable, is our world-class faculty and the wealth of intellectual and practical expertise that they bring to the program’s diverse course offerings. In general, MAGS faculty includes former top government officials, former general officers, award-winning conflict journalists, former heads of humanitarian assistance groups, as well as top academics with expertise in political science, strategic studies, law, anthropology, history, and global politics. The curriculum of the Cybersecurity Concentration is guided by, among others, retired Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, the former Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, and Peter W. Singer, one of the world’s foremost authorities on national security policy and strategy and the author of several major books on cybersecurity.
The MAGS is highly flexible and designed for students from various backgrounds and with existing responsibilities. About half of our students are currently in the U.S. military or veterans, almost 50 percent come from minority backgrounds and nearly 40 percent are women. Most students in the program work full or part-time as they study, and many pursue the degree while raising families.
Students may pursue the MAGS degree from anywhere in the world and proceed at their own pace. The program can be completed in a calendar year and the vast majority of our students graduate within two years, with many attributing career advancement to the degree and the skills they gained in the program.