Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

24 months
41594 USD/year
41594 USD/year
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Prepare for a career in global security through our unique master’s program, which focuses on the challenges posed by terrorism, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and financial crime. We offer a master degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies. 


Our Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) degree from Middlebury Institute of International Studies is a career-focused security studies master’s, taught on our Monterey, California, campus. By learning how to counter threats posed by terrorism, financial crimes such as money laundering, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, you’ll acquire specialized knowledge and skills that will distinguish you from graduates with less-focused international affairs degrees. 

You’ll be prepared to work at international organizations; government agencies, including the intelligence community (IC), think tanks, and NGOs; and a range of private-sector employers, including the nearby Silicon Valley tech industry.

What You’ll Learn

  • Our rigorous, professionally focused curriculum will prepare you for a career addressing national and global security concerns associated with WMD proliferation, violent extremism, and illicit financial activities. 
  • Our unique program involves a blend of classes, workshops, and hands-on experiences that provide students with both subject-matter expertise and training in practical skills that are in high demand by employers. 
  • Our interdisciplinary curriculum covers international security, science and technology, history, and regional studies, along with language studies and significant real-world opportunities to apply your learning to.

Programme Structure

Research and Internships

  • Build valuable professional experience while earning your degree and be ready for a career in intelligence analysis, policy analysis, or international security research as soon as you graduate. 
  • You’ll benefit from two world-famous research centers based at our Monterey campus. These centers enhance your education with opportunities for graduate research assistantships, hosted talks with a variety of leading experts, and organized conferences and other events.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Essay
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Personal scholarship statements
  • $65 application fee
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation (two preferred)
  • Interview in person or via Skype (if needed)
  • GRE or GMAT scores (not required)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (required only for nonnative English speakers)
  • Second language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41594 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41594 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    41594 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41594 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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