The Master of National Security Policy program is a one-year executive program for those currently working in national security.

Participants have at least seven years of work experience. While the program has online components, it requires occasional trips to Duke for on-campus immersion experiences. The hybrid program is designed so that students can continue to work during the program while completing their degree in as little as one year (June to May) or up to 20 months. 

As a rigorous 30-credit program in one year, the program is intense but quick to completion. The program includes several immersion experiences at Duke, weekly interaction with faculty, projects directly related to work in national security and online learning that can be done any time of the day convenient to the student.

Option 1: 12-Month Plan of Study

Summer: On Campus

Week 1 (beginning of the summer): Orientation, meet and work with faculty.

Week 2 (end of summer): Experience residential life for one week.

"Concepts"

  1. Methods of Policy Analysis

  2. Leadership in the National Security Policy Environment

  3. National Security Ethics

Fall: Virtual & On-Campus

Fall courses occur virtually  and include synchronous and  asynchronous elements. There are two required on-campus immersion weekends (week 5 and 9). 

Please note: immersion weekends include full days Friday and Saturday.

"Process"

  1. National Security Budgeting

  2. National Security Strategy

  3. Institutions of National Security

  4. Team-Base Learning for National Security Professionals

 

Spring: Virtual & On-Campus

The immersion experience will be similar to the fall, and will include two immersion weekends. In addition to the on-campus experience, the 14 weeks of the semester will include approximately 5 hours/week of synchronous or asynchronous interaction, totaling 33 hours of instruction/class.

"Outcomes"

  1. Threats and Opportunities

  2. Elective

  3. Professional Practice in National Security

 

Option 2: 20-Month Plan of Study

Summer: On Campus

Students will experience two weeks on campus.

Week 1 (beginning of the summer): Orientation, meet and work with faculty.

Week 2 (end of summer): Experience residential life for one week.

"Concepts"

  1. Methods of Policy Analysis

  2. Leadership in the National Security Policy Environment

  3. National Security Ethics

Fall: Virtual & On-Campus

Fall courses occur virtually and include synchronous and asynchronous elements. There are two required on-campus immersion weekends (weeks 5 and 9). 

Please note: immersion weekends include full days Friday and Saturday.

"Process"

  1. National Security Strategy

  2. Institutions of National Security

Spring: Virtual & On-Campus

The immersion experience will be similar to the fall, and will include two immersion weekends. In addition to the on-campus experience, the 14 weeks of the semester will include approximately 5 hours/week of synchronous or asynchronous interaction, totaling 33 hours of instruction/class.

"Outcomes"

  1. Threats and Opportunities

  2. Elective

Summer 2

No classes.

Fall 2: Virtual & On-Campus

Both in-person and virtual experiences.

  1. National Security Budgeting

  2. Team-Based Learning for National Security Professionals

Spring 2: Virtual & On-Campus

Both in-person and virtual experiences.

Professional Practice in National Security

  • In this course, students will explore common barriers in day-to-day national security work and then work one-on-one with faculty members to solve a professional practice issue wither their work on through research or a large-scale project.

Why Consider MNSP?

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MNSP Faculty

A former Director of National Intelligence and former commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Command. A cyber strategist at the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency. A former intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for more than 20 years. A budget and policy director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. The MNSP program is taught by qualified, experienced, national security leaders.

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Student Profile

Military - active-duty military personnel. This program will help military personnel with promotion, contribute more on senior level staff, enhanced understanding of problems of the world, understand national security in new complex framework (diplomatic, economic, etc.)

Mid-career contractors and consultants working in public policy/national security with at least 7 years of work experience. This program will help with promotion and broad understanding of client needs.

Civil service professionals working in national security. This program will allow professionals to stay in their jobs, get a world class education and compete for promotion.

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