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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:

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