Graduate Programs

Preparing a new generation of analysts, policymakers, and scholars


The Center’s Masters in Global Security Studies is a two year program that provides a framework for students to analyze military challenges, explore the intricacies of economic interdependence, and recognize the security implications of energy dependence and resource scarcity. As part of their studies, students will produce a thesis portfolio that showcases their ability to examine important political and policy questions.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: 

  • Analyze the 21st century geopolitical environment
  • Evaluate the roles of power and ideology
  • Understand the relationship between political objectives, strategy, and all instruments of national power
  • Develop skills to think critically and strategically; differentiate between policy and analysis; apply knowledge to practice in collaborative and complex circumstances with diverse partners.


A minimum of 30 semester hours is required for a Masters in Global Security Studies. Students will write and successfully orally defend a thesis or complete and successfully orally defend a project.

Required Core Courses

  • Global Political Economy
  • National Security
  • Energy and Environmental Policymaking the in the Global Economy
  • Military Strategy and National Policy
  • Thesis


In addition to the required courses, students must take four elective courses, a sample of which are listed below. Students will be limited to a concentration in security studies initially, but it is expected that LIAS will offer other concentrations such as Economic Security and Energy and Environmental Security in the future.

  • Defense Policy
  • Analyzing Military Policy
  • The Politics of Foreign Policy
  • Economics of Defense
  • Crisis Management
  • Technology and Security

To register your interest in our Masters in Global Security Studies degree, please complete the form below. This will allow us to contact you once we offer courses in your areas of interest.

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