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A Master of Science (MSc) is an academic degree where students can gain specialized knowledge and skills on mathematical or scientific subjects. The fields of study can either be course based or research based, or sometimes both. Generally, one must earn an undergraduate degree before pursuing a master’s program.

What is an MSc in International Security? Studies within this degree are broken into the categories of leadership, homeland security and crisis management. Throughout a series of classes, you can examine the threats facing governments across the globe, how they have been dealt with in the past, and how to handle them in the future. Course topics include subjects ranging from preventing terrorism to responding to natural disasters. Students will conduct research and participate in simulations that will challenge their knowledge and ability to evaluate threats.

As you study for your master’s degree, you can gain an understanding of issues that transcend borders. You can also obtain practical knowledge as you learn about different security agencies, then discuss ideas for developing policies regarding individuals’ rights and freedoms.

Many of the different programs can be taken online and vary in length. Some classes are available on a full-time or part-time basis, so you can choose whichever works best with your schedule. Check with the individual university for tuition costs and deadlines.

Security has become a challenge for all nations and goes beyond the borders of an individual country, thus creating a plethora of available positions. In a government career, you could work as an intelligence analyst who looks for possible threats or finds ways to prevent terrorism. Private corporations hire people to investigate internal fraud or misconduct. There are also careers with consulting firms that offer security services both locally and abroad.

Getting a master’s degree in international security can be an excellent way to get started in a new career in criminal justice or to increase your understanding of global threats. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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13 Results in International Security

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

This MSc/LLM in International Relations, Security & Law introduces and familiarises students with contemporary issues relating to the course topics, examining them th ... [+]

Why this course?

Internationally and domestically, security, broadly defined, is among the most pressing concerns facing states.

Adding to the complexity is the increasingly broad definition of 'security' as new challenges emerge – for example in relation to climate change – while 'traditional' ones – such as terrorism – are reconstructed, along with the heightened interdependencies between states and within their critical infrastructures.

This MSc/LLM in International Relations, Security & Law introduces and familiarises students with contemporary issues relating to the course topics, examining them through legal and political viewpoints.

The interdisciplinary approach of the course sets it apart from other MSc courses on international security and LLM courses on domestic and international security law as does its broad conception of ‘security’, which encompasses both ‘traditional’ concerns and more novel threats.... [-]

United Kingdom Glasgow
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Leiden University

During this multidisciplinary Master's programme Crisis and Security Manangement (CSM) you become familiar with the political and social dimensions of the governance of ( ... [+]

In CSM you focus on management/governance of such highly complex security challenges as privacy, terrorism, or cyber-attacks: their social and political impacts, the diminishing role of national authorities, and new developments such as social media.

What does this master programme entail?

You study contemporary security challenges from both local and global pointsof view and gain deep understanding of the 'wicked problem' of security and crisis topics in a complex and globalising world. The combination of theory, practical insights and analytical skills prepares you for work in public or private organisations.

You learn from members of the Institute of Security & Global Affairs plus guest lecturers from many fields and organisations.... [-]

Netherlands The Hague Leiden
February 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Malta

This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldes ... [+]

This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the oldest and largest programme of graduate conflict studies in the United States, and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, which has been offering advanced degrees in diplomacy and building bridges between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East for the past twenty years.

ICAR and MEDAC will share teaching responsibilities in this program. Students who successfully complete this collaborative postgraduate programme earn two Masters degrees: MSc Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and an MA Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security from the University of Malta. The programme aims to provide students with an array of theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to:... [-]

Malta Valletta
October 2019
Full-time
Campus
University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences

The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests, prompt nation states to define their na ... [+]

Overall

The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests, prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in-depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

Why study this course at Dundee?

Security and the maintenance and promotion of security are key issues in international law and international relations. There are many career opportunities in these areas ranging from employment with an intergovernmental organisation such as the United Nations, to employment in an international court or tribunal, to advising government and securing a role in the military. If you intend to pursue such a career, then you will need a good understanding of why and how the international community and individual states are to respond to threats to international security. For this, you will need to understand the context in which decisions are made. international law and international relations provide that context.... [-]

United Kingdom Dundee
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus
University of Southern Denmark

International conflicts have changed fundamentally over the past two decades. To understand them and to manage them requires new skills, which is why... ... [+]

International conflicts have changed fundamentally over the past two decades. To understand them and to manage them requires new skills, which is why we offer this new Master programme.In the old days the understanding and management of conflicts built on a fairly clear division of labour between specialists – between diplomats, soldiers, and aid experts. Conflicts could be understood according to distinct phases, moving from peace to tension over war and stabilisation to renewed peace. For each phase, a particular set of specialists went to work.Today’s conflicts are multiple, complex, and volatile. They may last for more than a decade. Signs of progress are often deceptive, and outsiders involved in managing the conflict can experience war, development, and peace enforcement all in one day. It is what the military calls a three-block war. To grasp it, and to help organisations prepare for it, experts must look beyond specialisations and be trained to understand and work with complex and conflict-ridden environments.This Master of Social Sciences in International Security and Law will train this kind of expert. It will be experts who look to the international domain, who want to work with international issues, and who will want to help solve conflicts. The programme will provide the experts with the skills to integrate a conflict’s political, juridical, and ethical dimensions in a comprehensive assessment that identifies the drivers of the conflict and what international organisations can do about them.... [-]

Denmark Odense
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Stafford

Amongst our MSc courses, the MSc in Security and Risk Management allows you to develop a detailed knowledge of aspects of crime, risk and managing security in organisatio ... [+]

MSc in Security and Risk Management

Amongst our MSc courses, the MSc in Security and Risk Management allows you to develop a detailed knowledge of aspects of crime, risk and managing security in organisations. With MSc courses, you will develop an understanding of a range of theoretical models that explain why and how people commit a crime, how to analyse and assess risk, and how to manage security. You will also learn how to design, conduct and critically appraise research within these areas. The MSc courses and their modules will be of immense professional value to those working within a security context, either in the private or public sector.

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Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
24 months
Online
American University Online

American University's Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is an online, 33-credit degree for law enforcement and intelligence professionals who w ... [+]

American University’s Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is an online, 33-credit degree for law enforcement and intelligence professionals who wish to specialize in homeland security. The program builds knowledge and skills in counter-terrorism, national security, law and policy, cybersecurity, and theories of political violence, with a unique focus on terrorism as a social and psychological phenomenon.

This flexible online program combines the benefits of convenient online learning and a practice-based curriculum with a brief onsite residency in Washington, D.C. In addition to this unique opportunity, American University offers connections to federal agencies and the opportunity to study with faculty who are leading practitioners in the field.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
Part-time
24 months
Online
Edinburgh Law School - The University of Edinburgh

This programme provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory, practice and debate in this interdi ... [+]

Programme description

This programme provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory, practice and debate in this interdisciplinary field. This MSc is suitable both for those who have studied criminology at an undergraduate level and for those who are new to the subject.

As a student on this programme, you will be part of our vibrant community of active researchers, international scholars and local practitioners in criminology and criminal justice. You will have ample opportunity to draw from our academics’ research, which is both theoretical and empirical and makes a difference to the world both locally and globally.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Aarhus University

Challenging conventional understandings of security Human Security is a unique master’s programme and the first of its kind in Europe. In the course of this cross-discipl ... [+]

Human Security is a unique master’s programme and the first of its kind in Europe. In the course of this cross-disciplinary programme, you will achieve a deeper understanding of social and environmental conflicts around the world. These conflicts are multi-dimensional, and we cannot separate the effects of food security from environmental security, economic security from human dignity or from health. Rather than trying to separate them, you will learn how to analyse and intervene in this complex network of interwoven social, economic and political factors. The Master’s programme is directed by the Department of Anthropology and is based at Campus Moesgaard south of Aarhus city.

Challenging conventional understandings of security ... [-]
Denmark Aarhus
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Arkansas Tech University

The Department of Emergency Management (EM) at Arkansas Tech University offers a solid background in emergency management and homeland security skills such as preparednes ... [+]

The Department of Emergency Management (EM) at Arkansas Tech University offers a solid background in emergency management and homeland security skills such as preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, prevention, protection, and strategic collaboration. There is a growing demand for professionals educated in emergency management for the private business sector, education, and various government agencies and organizations at all levels-local, state, regional, national, and international.

This program may be completed online.

This degree offers a specialized program both for existing career professionals in the discipline and for those seeking the diverse employment opportunities available in this evolving career field. The curriculum applies a multidisciplinary approach targeting the principles of emergency management along with state-of-the-art technologies. The EMHS Program Director acts as faculty advisor to each student admitted to the EMHS degree program.... [-]

USA Russellville
January 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Online
Cranfield University

This course considers some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threat ... [+]

Overview

This course considers some of the most pressing issues of world politics such as the causes of war and peace, the pressures and opportunities of globalisation, the threats posed by terrorism, and the problems of global poverty and injustice. This course is intended to attract students who are either currently employed in posts relating to Security Cooperation or those individuals who generally have an interest in issues There is often a wide range of nationalities on the course, with a maximum of 30 places available. The course content is dynamic, challenging, and cutting edge, designed to equip you with the skills and insights needed to understand and authoritatively analyse contemporary debates in international relations using a mixture of theoretical and empirical tools to deal with and confront the challenges presented by contemporary world politics. The course draws upon our established expertise in international security, foreign and defence policy analysis, security studies, international law, conflict resolution, and environmental issues.... [-]

United Kingdom Swindon Cranfield
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Durham University

With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and confl ... [+]

Description

With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. Conflicts are rarely determined by military victory, diplomacy or long-term development, but require to securing populations through a comprehensive approach that sees to their political, and economic, as well as their security-related needs. Their outcome will be determined by how well the different arms of government and civil society, both locally and internationally, can work together and how well they understand each others' perspectives.

This inter-disciplinary and custom designed MSc offers the unique opportunity to look at the conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.... [-]

United Kingdom Durham
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies (MSSIS) degree program is offered by the College of Security and Intelligence. It is designed to produce compe ... [+]

The Master of Science in Security and Intelligence Studies (MSSIS) degree program is offered by the College of Security and Intelligence. It is designed to produce competitive graduates for professional service in the intelligence, aviation, military, homeland defense, and corporate security communities. The MSSIS degree will enhance the career prospects both for entry-level professionals and mid-level leaders, managers, operators, and analysts. For many security and intelligence professionals currently working in these communities, the Master’s degree will be seen as one qualification for promotion in the middle and even upper levels of management or military command.

The degree program provides graduate students and security and intelligence professionals with an opportunity to explore both theoretical and practical knowledge across the disciplines that compose the field that security and intelligence studies have become. These include strategic concepts; the integration of science and technology in the security and intelligence realms; the principles, processes, and presentation of products; the importance of cultural understanding in key regions of the world; the evolution, nature, and roles of states and non-state actors; and the forms of international conflict and cooperation that constitute the playing field of the intelligence and policy communities.... [-]

USA Prescott
September 2019
Full-time
Campus