Degree Programs - Graduate School of International and Defense Studies
Department of National Security Affairs (NSA)
The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA), the degree-granting department within IDS, specializes in the study and teaching of international relations, regional politics and security, international military history, international political economy, and United States security policy. Faculty are comprised of historians, political scientists and economists, with students from all the U.S. armed forces, from various defense agencies, and international officers and civilians from more than 60 countries around the world.
The Department of National Security Affairs offers Master of Arts in degrees in a variety of regional and topical specialties within the field of Security Studies. Master's programs require between twelve and eighteen months of in-residence study to complete.
The doctoral program in Security Studies seeks to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to do work of the highest professional quality in these areas, with emphasis on understanding the challenges and characteristics of modern security and defense policy. Doctoral training is inherently open-ended, being dependent upon completion of a Ph.D. dissertation of significant scope and originality. Successful completion of the program requires one year of in-residence course work beyond the Master's degree, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation of sufficient scope and quality to constitute an original and independent contribution to knowledge.
Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)
All CHDS programs are focused on leadership development to transform how public safety officials view an increasingly complex world and homeland security mission. Through graduate- and executive-level coursework, seminars, and research, homeland security leaders gain the analytic and critical thinking skills and substantive expertise they need to create innovative solutions that address the threats facing the nation and local communities. The programs also prepare leaders to bridge gaps in intergovernmental, interagency and civil-military cooperation by bringing together a diverse range of participants to share perspectives and lay the foundation for long-term homeland security collaboration.