The Master of National Security Policy is a hybrid executive program offering working professionals an opportunity to expand their learning and grow their careers.

The rigorous 30-credit program is designed so students can continue to work while completing their degree in as little as one year or up to 20 months.

The program includes:

  • online learning that can be done at any time convenient to the student
  • weekly interaction with faculty
  • projects directly related to work in national security
  • several on-campus immersion experiences at Duke

This program was developed with working professionals in mind:

Mid-career contractors and consultants working in public policy/national security will deepen their understanding of client needs and build the knowledge base and expertise needed to gain promotions.

Civil Service professionals working in national security will be able to continue working, get a world-class education, and be more competitive for promotions.

Active-duty military personnel will develop the knowledge and skills to grow in their careers, contribute more on a senior level, gain an enhanced understanding of the problems of the world, and understand national security in a new complex framework (including diplomatic and economic factors.) 

Contact us

Questions about the Master of National Security Policy program? Please reach out to Mark Hart, Director of Digital Learning, at

Mark Hart

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