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International Security (MA) 
Program Description

The International Security Studies program exposes future decision makers and analysts to security challenges faced by the United States and the global community. We designed the program for both military and civilian personnel seeking careers across a wide range of security-related fields, including intelligence, foreign policy analysis, foreign service, and military careers. The program is also useful for those seeking a career in government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations with interests in international affairs. 

As contemporary security goes beyond military capacity and force, our courses cover a wide variety of topics, including armed conflict, terrorism, foreign policy, and the environment, as well as a number of regions around the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, and the United States. 

The ISS program is fully online, and all courses are 8-weeks long to accommodate students working full-time or part-time while engaging with the ISS program. 

For more information, please visit our website at

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 Cline Ryckman
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kirssa Cline Ryckman
Director of Graduate Studies
Paulette Kurzer
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Annie Prisbrey
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 of recommendation are required.

Standardized Tests

No standardized tests are required for the department, however the Graduate College requires proof of English proficiency for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Please see the Graduate College for more. 

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 10th
  • Summer: April 1st

International Applicants:

  • Fall: July 31st
  • Spring: December 10th
  • Summer: April 1st
  • Note: No visas are 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, which includes 11 regular courses and the final professional colloquium. All courses are electives; there are no required courses or concentrations.

All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 19 Apr 2019