Become an expert in the growing field of national security
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Protect the nation from internal and external threats
Become an expert on some of the most important issues in today’s world with the Master of Arts in National Security at Webster University. Learn on your schedule with part-time and full-time options. Take classes online and on-campus and complete your degree within two years.
Graduate with the knowledge and preparation to:
Identify the major actors, issues, threats, institutions, principles, techniques, laws and terminology in modern national security.
Assess the ethical, legal and political implications of national security to current issues in the field.
Apply theories and techniques of national security to current issues in the field.
Create a research product that synthesizes knowledge and skills in the field.
Align your education with your goals with the ability to choose from three tracks: international and regional security, cybersecurity, or criminal justice.
Passionate about protecting America? Ambitious about your career goals? We already know the answers. Graduate as an expert in the issues, skills, theories, laws and techniques necessary to work and advance in the continually changing field of national security.
Broaden your skills in a rapidly growing field
As a graduate student at Webster, you’ll earn a degree, but you’ll also gain a worldview through experiences like an independent research project, optional study abroad trip and our optional, annual Humanitarian & Security Conference.
Learn the theory and knowledge needed to understand the actors, institutions, contexts, methods and ethics of national security decision making.
Understand the issues, skills, theories, laws and techniques necessary to work in the rapidly changing field of national security.
Graduate as a critical and innovative thinker capable of meeting the challenges of the continually evolving landscape of protecting the nation.
Classes that help you grow in an evolving field
You must complete 36 hours to graduate with your MA in National Security Studies.
Your course list
The 36 credit hours required for the Master of Arts (MA) degree in National Security Studies must include the following courses:
Capstone in National Security Studies
or Thesis in National Security Studies and University Thesis Requirement
Introduction to National Security Studies
Research Methods in National Security Studies
Four courses from one of the available program tracks
Two course electives from other tracks in the program
Two courses from any graduate courses at Webster University
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of protective service professionals is projected to grow at least 8% from 2020 to 2030. Graduate with your MA in National Security Studies prepared for positions like:
Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MA in National Security Studies.
Enrollment coaches help you navigate the application, financial aid and enrollment process so you can start your classes with confidence.
Faculty members provide personalized support, thanks to Webster's intentionally small classes.
Tutors and other academic support staff can help you tackle particularly tough assignments and classes.
A nationally recognized, quality education
Earn your MA in National Security Studies from Webster, a private, non-profit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Learn from experts
Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members with professional experience in the field. They serve as mentors who are willing and eager to support your career goals.
Hear from one of our graduates
Webster University sets its students up for success, because, the courses are not just theory, the Professors make sure to tie in real world examples and case studies so it would be better understood. Furthermore, the University understands the non-traditional students, especially active-duty military and veterans.
- Captain Giorgio Cabrera, USAF, Retired MA in National Security Studies, 2020