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Global Security Studies Program Ranked Top 5 in U.S.

April 26, 2019

Angelo State University’s online Master of Science (M.S.) in global security studies degree program has been ranked among the best in the nation by the online higher education resource guide.

The Vincent Building houses ASU's Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies. The Vincent Building houses ASU's Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies. ASU’s program is ranked No. 5 in the U.S. among “The Best Online Master’s in Security Programs” and was also named “Best Distance Education” among the 19 programs to make the rankings. ASU is also one of only two Texas schools with ranked programs.

Online Masters Best Security Degree Programs 2019 Badge. According to, “Angelo State University excels in distance education, offering an online-only Master of Science in Global Security Studies program. This program delivers the coursework in a convenient virtual format and addresses the growing need for professional security leaders in the military, government and intelligence sectors.”

The rankings are based on weighted scores in the categories of Academic Quality (40%), Student Success (40%) and Affordability (20%).

  • Academic Quality criteria included faculty credentials, number of online programs available, number of graduates, and enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
  • Student Success criteria included school reputation, student engagement, student services and online course technology.
  • Affordability criteria included average net cost of tuition, fees and textbooks, percent of students with loans, and loan default rate.

Angelo State’s M.S. in global security studies degree program focuses on educating students about regional and national security issues, including rogue states, weak and failing states, terrorism, human rights, energy security, and peacekeeping and stability operations. The 36-credit-hour degree plan is offered totally online with both thesis and non-thesis options. Specializations include National Security Affairs and Regional Studies.

Also, U.S. Air Force intelligence officers who complete the USAF 14N Intelligence Course at Goodfellow Air Force Base can transfer 12 credit hours into the M.S. in global security studies degree program.

All of ASU’s global security studies and homeland security programs are offered through the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, which is the academic arm of ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies.

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