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International Security (MA) 
Program Description

The Masters of Arts in International Security Studies program seeks to expose future decision makers and analysts to existing and prospective security challenges faced by the United States and the world community. Courses are drawn from a variety of topics such as Conflict in the Middle East, Climate Change, Foreign Policy of Russia, American Foreign Policy, American National Security, International Security, Global Political Economy, European Security, and Terrorism and Terrorist Networks, Energy Security, and Japanese and Chinese Nationalism.  All courses are delivered online by regular UA faculty members and are not offered on campus. It is a flexible program with 8-week long courses for those who are in the military, or are working in or out of state, or overseas.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Government and Public Policy -

The School of Government and Public Policy was formed in 2009 by combining two highly ranked programs – Political Science and Public Administration and Policy - and bringing them under a single roof. Located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SGPP is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a new model for public affairs education by promoting high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.

By offering leading programs in political science, international relations, public policy, and public management, SGPP prepares students for leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Kirssa L Ryckman
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kirssa L Ryckman
Director of Graduate Studies
Paulette Kurzer
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

We require a 3.0 GPA, online application, statement of purpose, transcripts, and a resume. No GRE or letters are required.

Standardized Tests

No standardized tests are required for the department, however the Graduate College requires either a TOEFL or IELTS for international students who have not completed a degree at a U.S. institution.

Financial Aid

The ISS program is eligible for federal financial aid and several different military programs.  Please contact the Veterans Office for further details.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: July 31st
  • Spring: December 19th

International Applicants:

  • Fall: July 31st
  • Spring: December 5th
  • Note: No visas needed to attend this online program
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The  Masters of Arts in International Security Studies requires 36 graduate credit hours; 11 regular courses and one final professional colloquium.  All courses are electives,  there is no core or concentrations.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all course work.  Student must declare a leave of absence for any regular full semester during which they are unable to take classes.  The  International Security program is completely online.

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 25 Jul 2017