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International Security and Intelligence Studies Degree - Master of Science

Degree Information

A specialized graduate degree to meet the pressing need for intelligence professionals. A program designed with depth, breadth, and rigor, it establishes a unique niche within the security studies field: offering courses usualy only found within prestigious residential programs through the online format. The MS degree encompasses issues, concepts, theories, and contemporary priorities that are essential for any graduate program of study aiming to equip students with a body of knowledge that prepares them to be competitive for a career within the Intelligence community.


Major Requirements (27 credit hours)

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Electives: 9 credits
(Students choose 3 courses in the following two sub-categories)

Comparative Politics Specialization: Students are required to choose 1 course from this specialization.

  • PS 650 Democracy, Ethnicity, and Development in Africa

    This course examines the complex, intriguing, and frustrating continent of Africa. Independence and democracy have been accompanied by revolts and mass atrocities; global development and aid has coincided with poverty and famine; the rule of law has been offset by human rights abuses and authoritarian outrages. All of these issues will be covered so as to document the present condition and future trajectory of Africa going forward into the 21st century.
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  • PS 660 Democracy, Political Economy, and Human Rights across Asia

    This course examines Asia from the perspectives of democracy, political economy, and human rights. It will assess how political and economic factors in the region impact not only individual states, but also transnational relations with other regions like North America and the European Union. How the region’s ongoing economic and political transformation influences governance will be examined. How power interplays with other states on issues pertaining to conflict and human rights will be important. Finally, the course will look at all of these issues from a theoretical and philosophical perspective, asking if culture impacts some of the variations.
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  • PS 690 Democracy, Gender, and Reform Across the Middle East

    This course examines the Greater Middle East (from Morocco to Iran) to expose the issues of democratization, gender relations, and political/economic reform. The material reviews various democratization projects occurring throughout the region, comparing and contrasting strengths and weaknesses, while drawing general conclusions about democracy in the Middle East writ large. The complex and evolving role of women in this process, from the political, economic, and cultural perspectives, is emphasized and used to ascertain future potential trajectories. Theoretical and philosophical debates about Islam, democracy, and civil liberties are investigated.
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International Relations Specialization: Students are required to choose 2 courses from this specialization.

  • PS 515 Comparative Foreign Policy

    This course defines, analyzes, and compares foreign policies across the globe. The materials review internal and external factors that influence and complicate the formation of foreign policy as well as consider the various norms and theories that exist about foreign policy construction within the global environment. Finally, numerous case studies are examined in terms of divergence and variety across states and regions. This course is designed to make students familiar with the foreign-policy thinking of countries that are both allied with and adversarial to the United States.
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  • PS 610 Hard and Soft Power: Balancing Hawks and Doves

    This course examines hard and soft power as concepts, theories, and consequential implications in global politics. It will estimate the applications of diplomatic and military strength and the proper context and applicability of each in given complex foreign dilemmas.
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  • PS 636 Deterring the Enemy: Case Studies in Strategic Deterrence

    Examines the successes and failures within deterrence by exposing students to case studies and drawing conclusions as to the future for global stability and workable peace.
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