Master of Arts in National Security Studies

The Master of Arts in National Security Studies prepares students for work as analysts, policymakers, and scholars focused on security issues in the 21st Century. The Master of Arts in National Security Studies prepares students for work as analysts, policymakers, and scholars focused on security issues in the 21st Century. Take courses in International Relations, US National Security Policy and Cybersecurity.

What is National Security Studies?

Park University’s M.A. in National Security Studies prepares students for work as analysts, policymakers, and scholars focused on security issues in the 21st Century. Students are required to complete 36 hours of graduate coursework culminating with the
production of a research thesis.

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Admission Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution of higher education or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the undergraduate level.
  • Official transcript(s) of undergraduate work.
  • Two letters of reference.

Note:  Applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.75 at the undergraduate level may be admitted if they have completed a separate graduate degree or with written permission from the director of the National Security Studies program.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in the NSS program with a 3.0 grade point average.  No more than nine (9) credit hours may be transferred in from other institutions.  Any transferred hours must be approved by the program director.
  • Completion of a thesis.

Dr. Jack MacLennan

Graduate Program Director, National Security Studies
Assistant Professor of Political Science
jmaclennan@park.edu

Become an expert in security issues facing the 21st Century with a degree in National Security Studies.

David Cooper, Faculty

Park University Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Highlight David A. Cooper, PhD., a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and a tenured faculty as The James V. Forrestal Professor of National Security Affairs. He served as Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs from 2010-2018. His area of expertise include nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament, weapons of mass destruction, multilateral negotiations and organizations, international relations theory , and U.S. foreign policy. He served almost two decades in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he held a career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES) including at the 2-star level.

Park University Adjunct Professor Highlight

David A. Cooper is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and holds a tenured faculty appointment as The James V. Forrestal Professor of National Security Affairs. He previously served as Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs from 2010-2018. His areas of expertise include nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament, weapons of mass destruction, multilateral negotiations and organizations, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a scholar-practitioner who served for almost two decades in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he held a career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES) including at the 2-star level.

Professional Highlights

2009 Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Defense University

-Senior Research Fellow and Director of Education and Outreach

2007 U.S. Africa Command

-Interim Director for Outreach (J-9) and Director of Strategic Communication/Senior Executive Service (SES)

2003 Office of the Secretary of Defense

-Director of Nonproliferation Policy/Senior Executive Service (SES)

2000 Office of the Secretary of Defense

-Director for Strategic Arms Control Policy

Education

Ph.D., The Australian National University (ANU), Political Science and International Relations

M.I.A., School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, International Affairs

B.A., Oberlin College

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Careers in national security studies

  • National Security Analyst
  • Cyber-Security Specialist
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Background Investigator

National security studies Faculty Spotlight

Jack Adam MacLennan, PhD is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and Graduate Program Director for National Security Studies at Park University (Parkville, MO). An international relations theorist, Dr MacLennan’s work focuses on the role of technology in shaping security politics. His specific interests pertain to airpower as a means of managing complex threat environments, the relationship between military force and humanitarianism, and the larger influence of technology on perceptions of threat and attempts to manage them. His current work, which includes an article under a revise and resubmit with Security Dialogue, focuses on how technology produces specific ways of thinking about threats and interrogating whether these lead to effective responses. Originally from Saint John, NB, Canada, he holds a BA with honours in political science from St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB); an MA in political science from the University of Windsor (Windsor, ON), where he was Graduate Fellow of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation, and Rhetoric (2010); and an MPP (public policy) from the University of Michigan-Dearborn (Dearborn, MI). He completed his PhD at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) in 2017 where his dissertation work focused on the history of airpower as a means of humanitarian intervention in the post-Cold War period. While at Carleton he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow (2016) and a Junior Fellow of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

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