MA in National Security Studies

Become an expert in the growing field of national security

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2 Years
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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:

Align your education with your goals with the ability to choose from three tracks: international and regional security, cybersecurity, or criminal justice.

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Why an MA in National Security Studies?

Become a national security expert

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.

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
  • International Security
  • 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

Explore Your Options

Customize your degree

International and Regional Security

Understand the global reach of national security threats.

Classes you’ll take
  • Area Studies
  • African Area Studies
  • Asian Area Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Area Studies
  • Energy Security
  • Food and Water Security
  • International Disaster Law
  • Latin American Area Studies
  • Middle East Area Studies
  • South and Central Asia Area Studies
  • Terrorism in World Politics
  • US Foreign Policy or Comparative Foreign Policy
  • War and Diplomacy
  • Western European Area Studies


Focus on the technological aspects of national security. Learn how to detect, prevent and fight cyber-attacks.

Classes you’ll take
  • Cybersecurity Infrastructures
  • Cybersecurity Intelligence/Counter-Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy
  • Cybersecurity Strategic Operations
  • Cybersecurity Threat Detection
  • Encryption Methods and Techniques
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Pre-Emptive Deterrence
  • Use and Protection of Space Assets

Criminal Justice

Connect national security interests to the field of law enforcement.

Classes you’ll take
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Institutional and Community Corrections
  • Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Policing and Law Enforcement

Pick The Path That’s Right For You

Earn your degree, no matter where you are

Through our hybrid approach, you will complete some of your coursework online, and connect with faculty and peers in person on-campus. Classes for this program are available at the following campuses:

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Position yourself for career advancement

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:

Cybersecurity Specialist


Average annual salary (National, May 2020)

Criminal Investigator


Average annual salary (National, 2020)

National Security Analyst


Average annual salary (National, 2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Tell Us About Your Goals

Fulfill your personal and professional goals

Receive support every step of the way

Webster is committed to your success, and you'll never be alone as you pursue your MA in National Security Studies.

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