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International Security

George Mason University

12 months
1512 USD/credit
1512 USD/credit
724 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Prepare to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century with the Master's in International Security from George Mason University.


The Master's in International Security program from George Mason University prepares professionals to address enduring and emerging security challenges of the 21st century, by deepening conceptual knowledge of the field, learning in depth about a range of current security issues, and mastering analytic and policy skills for a career in the field. 

The International Security program provides strong background in theories of international relations and strategic thought, as well as electives on a wide range of topics, from great power competition to terrorism and WMD, and nontraditional threats from crime and corruption, cyberspace, food and natural resource insecurities, and more. 

Educational Opportunity

The approach is inclusive and cross-disciplinary. Students will learn about leadership, decision-making, and the major national security institutions of defense, intelligence, and diplomacy.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • International Relations
  • Politics and Practice of International Security Policy
  • Ethics and the Use of Force
  • International Security
  • National Security Technology and Policy
  • Grand Strategy
  • The Geopolitics of Energy Security

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1512 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1512 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1512 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1512 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    724 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 724 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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