Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Global Security Studies and Leadership (GSSL)
Description of Graduate Degree Program:
The GSSL MAIS consists of 36 semester hours of study, including a 12-hour CORE SEQUENCE, a 15-hour concentration to be taken in INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES, and a 9-hour TECHNICAL COMPETENCY SEQUENCE. This degree will prepare students for careers in iIntelligence and National Security through focus on advanced research, effective cross-discipline team communication, and critical analysis. Given that jobs in government or private industry often require multidisciplinary cooperation, the GSSL MAIS will prepare students to work with people from different backgrounds, abilities, and knowledge bases. With this approach, students will have the opportunity to gain the perspective and proficiency of multiple disciplines to be prepared for careers in national security.
Through the CORE SEQUENCE, students will learn how skill sets relate to the global context of intelligence/security work. The core courses address the competency skill areas including advanced research, problem solving, critical thinking, technical writing and leadership.
The core courses consist of:
- Global Security
- Open Source Research
- Interdisciplinary Research & Analysis
- Practicum in Global Security Studies
The INTERDISCIPLINARY SEQUENCE addresses critical competencies required to understand the globalization of communication, societies, cultures, governments, businesses, and technology.
The Interdisciplinary courses consist of:
- Culture and Communication
- International Management
- Cross Cultural Psychology
- Beginner / Intermediate Statistics
- Graduate elective course approved by advisor
The TECHNICAL COMPETENCY SEQUENCE will provide students with the essentials of information technology and computer systems with a focus in information security.
The Technical Competency Sequence consists of:
- Information Security
- Principles of Information Technology Systems
- Cyber Security
1. 2.75 undergraduate GPA or above
2. 3 letters of reference
3. Current resume
4. All academic transcripts
5. Letter of intent stating purpose for entering the program highlighting your career goals
* Note: GRE scores are not required for application at this time
HOW TO APPLY ;
- Students must apply to graduate school at:
- Once admitted to the GSSL program, an advising appointment must be made with the main office at SBS 229.
Recommended Degree Plans by Semester of Admission:
Fall Spring Summer I