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Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice
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Master of Security Studies (M.S.S.) in
Security Studies

The Master of Security Studies is a distinctive degree addressing the growing need for graduate-level study of national security issues to develop skills for military, intelligence, government and non-governmental employees. The M.S.S. is also open to all those with bachelor’s degrees in security issues or a related field who want to improve their cultural, regional, negotiation and security abilities in our complex world. To increase flexibility, the program has both a thesis and non-thesis option.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Required GPA may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the department head.
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • An essay of no more than 750 words discussing an important issue of national security

The GRE test is not required for admittance to the program.

Delivery Method

This degree is offered completely online only.    

Degree Requirements

Courses Hours
SEC 6302 Introduction to Security Studies 3
SEC 6305 Research Methodologies in Security Studies 3
SEC 6309 Grand Strategy and National Security 3
SEC 6312 Globalization and International Security 3
Prescribed Elective Courses:
Students must choose the electives from either the national security affairs focus or regional studies focus.
9
Additional Elective Courses 9-15
Non-Thesis or Thesis Option 0-6

Thesis Option

Students wishing to take the thesis option will be required to take the 12 semester credit hours of required courses, nine hours of prescribed electives, a course for writing the thesis (SEC 6699) and an additional nine hours of electives. The additional nine hours must be taken in either the national security or regional studies focus, or in some combination of both.

Non-Thesis Option

Students wishing to take the non-thesis option will be required to take the 12 semester credit hours of required courses, nine hours of prescribed electives and an additional 15 hours of electives. The additional 15 hours must be taken in either the national security or regional studies focus, or in some combination of both. Students in the non-thesis option will be required to pass an oral comprehensive examination. This does not need to take place on the ASU campus and can be done via teleconference or other appropriate methods. Please see the section on Advisory Committees for oral comprehensive exams in the Graduate Catalog under Academic Guidelines and Graduate Studies Policies.

Areas of Concentration

National Security Affairs
Elective courses in the national security affairs concentration include:
SEC 6313 Intelligence and National Security
SEC 6314 Terrorism and National Security
SEC 6315 Rogue Nations and National Security
SEC 6316 Peacekeeping and Stability Operations
SEC 6317 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and National Security
SEC 6318 Weak and Failing State and National Security
SEC 6319 Homeland Security Studies
SEC 6320 Human Rights and National Security
SEC 6321 Energy Security Studies
SEC 6322 Transnational Issues and National Security

Regional Studies
Elective courses in the regional studies concentration include:
SEC 6323 Security Issues in Europe I
SEC 6325 Security Issues in Europe II
SEC 6327 Security Issues in Asia I
SEC 6329 Security Issues in Asia II
SEC 6331 Security Issues in Latin America I
SEC 6333 Security Issues in Latin America II
SEC 6335 Security Issues in The Middle East I
SEC 6337 Security Issues in The Middle East II
SEC 6341 Security Issues in Africa I
SEC 6343 Security Issues in Africa II

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine semester credit hours of graduate course work completed in a regionally accredited institution may be transferred toward the master’s degree in border security and security studies. Transfer credits cannot be applied to graduate certificates in border security or security studies. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the courses petitioned to be transferred must be on file in the College of Graduate Studies. No graduate work for which the student received a grade lower than B will be accepted for transfer credit. No graduate work which was part of a degree awarded at another institution will be accepted for transfer credit. All transferred course work must have been completed no more than six years prior to the awarding of the master’s degree at Angelo State University. Approved transfer credit will be awarded after the student has successfully completed one semester or term of graduate enrollment. Department head Dr. Robert Ehlers can provide a recommendation for transfer credit to the graduate dean at the student’s request. For more information, please contact the department head.