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Master of Science (M.S.) in
Global Security Studies

The Master of Global 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. 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 overall 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

  • Degree Requirements
    Required Courses Hours
    SEC 6302 Introduction to Security Studies 3
    SEC 6309 Grand Strategy and National Security 3
    SEC 6312 Globalization and International Security 3
    Specialization Area
    Course Hours
    Prescribed Electives 9

    Students must choose nine semester credit hours from the national security or nine semester credit hours from the regional security specialization area

    Electives*
    Course Hours
    Electives 18

    Elective hours may be taken from the national security or regional security specialization area, or in some combination of each.

    *Thesis Option

    Students wishing to take the thesis option will be required to take the 9 hours of required courses, 9 hours of prescribed electives, a course for writing the thesis (SEC 6699), and an additional 12 semester credit hours of electives. The additional 12 semester credit hours must be taken in either the national security or regional security or in some combination of each.

    *Non-Thesis Option

    Students wishing to take the non-thesis option will be required to take the 9 hours of required courses, 9 hours of prescribed electives, and an additional 18 semester credit hours of electives. The additional 18 semester credit hours must be taken in either the national security or regional security or in some combination of each.

    Areas of Specialization

    Areas of Specialization for Natural Security
    Elective courses include: Hours
    SEC 6310 Civil-Military Relations 3
    SEC 6313 Intelligence and National Security 3
    SEC 6314 Terrorism and National Security 3
    SEC 6315 Rogue Nations and National Security 3
    SEC 6316 Peacekeeping and Stability Operations 3
    SEC 6317 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and National Security 3
    SEC 6318 Weak and Failing States and National Security 3
    SEC 6319 Homeland Security Studies 3
    SEC 6320 Human Rights and National Security 3
    SEC 6321 Energy Security Studies 3
    SEC 6322 Transnational Issues and National Security 3
    Areas of Specialization for Regional Security
    Elective courses include: Hours
    SEC 6323 Security Issues in Europe I 3
    SEC 6325 Security Issues in Europe II 3
    SEC 6327 Security Issues in Asia I 3
    SEC 6329 Security Issues in Asia II 3
    SEC 6331 Security Issues in Latin America I 3
    SEC 6333 Security Issues in Latin America II 3
    SEC 6335 Security Issues in The Middle East I 3
    SEC 6337 Security Issues in The Middle East II 3
    SEC 6341 Security Issues in Africa I 3
    SEC 6343 Security Issues in Africa II 3

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 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 and Research. 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. The Department chair can provide a recommendation for transfer credit to the graduate dean at the student’s request. For more information, please contact him at 325-486-6689.

Graduate Credit for Air Force Intelligence Officer Course (14N) Graduates

The Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, will make an exception to standard policy with regard to graduates of the Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Course (14N) by allowing 12 graduate-level semester credit hours toward the M.S. in Global Security Studies. These credits will transfer upon completion of the first successful semester of enrollment in the program.