2016 Leaders in Higher Education
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George Mason University,
Schar School of Policy and Government
Addressing 21st-Century Security Challenges
The International Security MA program (I-SEC) at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government prepares students to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century—from global health threats to transnational crime, state fragility, and much more.
I-SEC is directed by Bob Deitz, former general counsel at the National Security Agency (NSA) and senior counselor to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Renowned faculty members also include:
- Retired General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the NSA.
- Gregory Koblentz, a member of the Scientist Working Group on Chemical and Biological Weapons at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, D.C.
- Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich, who served as U.S. ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997–1999 and to Azerbaijan in 1994–1997.
- Other core faculty members who are internationally recognized for their scholarship and advisory roles in the public and private sectors.
Classes take place at George Mason University’s Arlington, Va., campus in the evening to accommodate the needs of working professionals. Close proximity to the Pentagon, the White House, and the U.S. Capitol Building facilitates opportunities for jobs, internships, and networking in the Washington, D.C., area.
I-SEC’s global, multidisciplinary approach to questions of human security allows students to grapple with a new generation of economic, political, environmental, science-driven, and technology-driven issues. With a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, the program focuses on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, intervene, or refrain from intervening.
For more information about I-SEC, go to:
Master’s Degrees offered: See Program Directory
- 2016 Leaders in Higher Education
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- New York University School of Professional Studies, Center for Global Affairs
- University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
- Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
- National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School)
- Webster University
- University of California San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
- Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service
- George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
- University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS)
- The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina: The Citadel Graduate College
- Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)