Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate students can major in public policy, while building a curriculum that emphasizes security studies. In addition to required courses, students may choose electives.

Gateway Course

PubPol 166D – Introduction to International Relations

Mid-level (Choose 1-2 courses)

  • PubPol 212 – Globalization and Public Policy
  • PubPol 221 – 9/11 & Its Aftermath
  • PubPol 236 – History and Globalization
  • PubPol 255 – Introduction to Cyber Policy
  • PubPol 286 – The U.S. Intelligence Enterprise
  • PubPol 290-1 – National Security Simulation (1/2 credit)
  • PubPol 290 – Religion and Violence
  • PubPol 320 – Statecraft and Strategy
  • PubPol 376D – U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PubPol 390 – Wars of Empire

Capstones (Choose 1-2 courses)

  • PubPol 496S – Public Policy Honors Seminar
  • PubPol 501S – American Grand Strategy Seminar
  • PubPol 502 – Contemporary American Foreign Policy
  • PubPol 504 – Counterterrorism Law & Policy
  • PubPol 505 – National Security Decision Making
  • PubPol 506 – Politics of American Foreign Policy
  • PubPol 507 – Intelligence for National Security
  • PubPol 550 – Privacy, Technology and National Security
  • PubPol 590 – Cybersecurity and National Security Law & Policy
  • PubPol 590 – Policy & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • PubPol 667 – American Civilian Military Relations

Master of Public Policy Concentration Requirements

The MPP National Security Studies concentration equips students to understand the national security policymaking process and provide an opportunity to study in depth the national security challenges of the 21st century. 

Requirements

  1. 3 elective courses from the list below (or petition for non-listed courses to count).
  2. Summer internship related to national security
  3. Masters project related to national security policy

Note: internship and masters project must bo approved  by the Director of Graduate Studies and a a regular rank national security faculty member.

Graduate national security electives: choose 3

  • PubPol 501S – American Grand Strategy Seminar
  • PubPol 502 – Contemporary American Foreign Policy
  • PubPol 504 – Counterterrorism Law & Policy
  • PubPol 505 – National Security Decision Making
  • PubPol 506 – Politics of American Foreign Policy
  • PubPol 507 – Intelligence for National Security
  • PubPol 550 – Privacy, Technology and National Security
  • PubPol 590 – Cybersecurity and National Security Law & Policy
  • PubPol 590 –Policy & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • PubPol 590-1 – National Security Simulation (1/2 credit)
  • PubPol 667 – American Civilian Military Relations
  • PubPol 754-1 – International Energy System, Development and Security
  • PubPol 760 – Conflict, Security and Development
  • PubPol 790 – Political Risk Analysis
  • PubPol 830 – The Case of Returning Veterans
  • PubPol 861 – Topics in National Security
  • PubPol 890 – Promise & Peril of U.S. Intelligence. ** Open to Non-MNSP Students Spring 2023
  • PubPol 890 – Security Cooperation. ** Open to Non-MNSP Students Spring 2023
  • PubPol 890 – Cybersecurity ** Open to Non-MNSP Students Spring 2023

Master of National Security Policy Requirements

  • PubPol 872 –National Security Institutions
  • PubPol 873 – Method of Policy Analysis
  • PubPol 874 – Leadership in the National Security Environment
  • PubPol 875 – National Security Ethics
  • PubPol 876 – Budgeting for National Security
  • PubPol 878 – National Security Institutions
  • PubPol 879 – Team Based Learning
  • PubPol 880 – Threats and Opportunities
  • PubPol 881 – Professional Practice in National Security
  • PubPol 890 – Promise & Peril of U.S. Intelligence
  • PubPol 890 – Security Cooperation
  • PubPol 890 – Cybersecurity

One Student's Story

Getting a Master of National Security Policy

Sample Course Offerings

Abdullah Antepli

  • Religion and Public Policy (PubPol 290)
  •  Public Policy as Values Conflict (PubPol 302)
  •  Policy & Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (PubPol 590S)
  •  Religious Restriction and Violence (PubPol 313D)

Dennis Blair

  • Threats and Opportunities (PubPol 8xx)

Douglas Brook

  • Budgeting for National Security (PubPol 876)

Frances Tilney Burke

  • National Security Institutions (PubPol 878)

Philip Candreva

  • National Security Budgeting (PubPol 880)

Susan Colburn

  • America and the World: 1898 to the Present (PolSci 396)
  • Topics in National Security (PubPol 861)

Greta Creech

  • Leadership in the National Security Environment (PubPol 874)

Paul Dillon

  • The Case of Returning Veterans (PubPol 830)

Peter Feaver

  • Introduction to International Relations: Security, Peace & Conflict (PubPol 166D)
  • American Foreign Policy (PolSci 365)
  • American Grand Strategy Seminar (PubPol 501S)
  • American Grand Strategy through Film (PolSci 497) (with General Martin Dempsey)
  • Civil Military Relations (PubPol 667)

Emily Goldman

  • Cybersecurity Strategy (PubPol 890)

Elizabeth Grasmeder

  • Method of Policy Analysis (PubPol 873)

Laura Hall

  • Team Based Learning (PubPol 879)

David Hoffman

  • Introduction to Cyber Policy (PubPol 290)
  • Cybersecurity and Health Policy (PubPol 552S)
  • Cybersecurity and National Security Law & Policy (PubPol 590)

Bruce Jentleson      

  • Globalization and Public Policy (PubPol 212)
  • Major Biden Administration Foreign Policy Challenges (PubPol 290S, 590S)
  • Contemporary American Foreign Policy (PubPol 502S)
  • Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy (PubPol 506)
  • Globalization and Governance (PubPol 820)
  • National Security Strategy (PubPol 877)

Edmund Malesky

  • Political Risk Analysis (PubPol 790)

Mark Mazzetti

  • National Security Ethics (PubPol 875)

Simon Miles

  • Russia in the World: From Cold War to Putin’s Wars (PubPol 290)
  • Public Policy as Values Conflict (PubPol 302)
  • Statecraft and Strategy (PubPol 320)
  • American Grand Strategy Seminar (PubPol 501S)
  • The Global Cold War (PubPol 590)

Natalia Mirovitskaya

  • Conflict, Security and Development (PubPol 760)
  • International Energy System, Development and Security (PubPol 754-01)

Tim Nichols

  • National Security Decisionmaking (PubPol 505)
  • Intelligence for National Security (Pub Pol 507)
  • The Arctic Solarium (PubPol 881)

Jon Rosenwasser

  • Promise & Peril of U.S. Intelligence (PubPol 890)

Thomas Ross

  • Security Cooperation (PubPol 890)

David Schanzer

  • 9/11 & Its Aftermath: How bin Laden Impacted America & the World (PubPol 290)
  • Religion, Security and Citizenship in the Arab World (PubPol339A)
  • Counterterrorism Law & Policy (PubPol 504)
  • Privacy, Technology & National Security (PubPol 550)
  • National Security Simulation (PubPol 553) (with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross)

Jennifer Siegel

  • Public Policy as Values Conflict (PubPol 302)
  • Modern Intelligence History from John Buchan to James Bond (PubPol 390)
  • Wars of Empire: Europe’s ‘Small Wars’ of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (PubPol 390)

Erika Weinthal

  • Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding (PubPol 279S-01)

Giovanni Zanalda

  • Globalization and History (PubPol 236)