Develop a Deep Understanding of Global Security and Advance in a Rewarding Career

Whether terrorism or cybersecurity, climate change or a global pandemic, the United States and the world face a range of security threats. There are a number of dedicated agencies, both in the U.S. and internationally, that serve to address these challenges. Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in National Security Affairs and International Relations is designed both for professionals and those aspiring for careers in the field, as well as for students with a strong academic interest in security affairs and international relations.

National Security Affairs is one of the fastest growing professions with positions open in federal, state, and local governments, and in the private sector. This program will provide you with a core mastery of critical issues informing the field of national security today, including the assessment and analysis of the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and beyond, and the analysis of intelligence collection. You will also develop a deep understanding of the international context in which U.S. national security issues are shaped. The knowledge and skills you will develop are applicable to a wide variety of jobs within the field.

My classes in the NSA program gave me insight into the ever changing local and international political climate, clandestine operations, race and ethnic relations and numerous topics. The latter has inspired me to further my scholastic endeavors in cultural studies, where I intend to look at the effects of slavery on the perception and portrayal of African American and Afro Caribbean women in the media, music industry and literature.

Kimba Collymore | M.S. in National Security Affairs ‘16
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Cybersecurity Concentration

Cybersecurity is important now more than ever. According to the National Security Agency, “Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security increase each year in frequency, scope, and severity of impact.” As a result, demand for intelligence threat analysts is projected to grow by 41 percent over the next five years, which is much faster than the average for all occupations (Burning Glass Technologies Report 2020).

You can choose to take a specific concentration in Cybersecurity, which will help you gain an understanding in topics such as cyber conflict, statecraft, and threat assessment.

Quick Facts


NSU’s M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations is 36 total credits to complete. You will be required to take 21 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives. There is also an optional Cybersecurity concentration.

Start Dates

Admissions is on a “rolling” basis with program start dates offered in August (Fall term), May (Summer term) and January (Winter term).

Delivery Options

Classes for the M.S. in National Security Affairs and International Relations are offered online or in a hybrid format at NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. You may enroll as a full-time or part-time student.


Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Application Deadline

Fall 2024: Friday, July 19th, 2024, Winter 2025: Friday, November 15th, 2024, Summer 2025: Friday, April 18th, 2025.

Career Outcomes

U.S. State Department Program Analyst

$102,060 Median Salary Per Year

U.N. Political Affairs Officer

$128,360 Median Salary Per Year

National Security Agency Intelligence Analyst

$88,329 Median Salary Per Year

Source: Glassdoor

National Security Affairs and International Relations Curriculum

Core Courses (21 credits)
NSAM 5001
Current Issues in National Security (NSAM 5001 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5003
National Intelligence Collection (NSAM 5003 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5004
Border Protection and Military Issues (NSAM 5004 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5005
Research and Evaluation in National Security Affairs (NSAM 5005 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5010
U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security (NSAM 5010 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5014
Ethical Issues in National Security (NSAM 5014 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5015
International Relations: Theory and Practice (NSAM 5015 / Credits: 3 )
Elective Courses (choose 15 credits)
NSAM 5002
Terrorists and Terrorism: Theory and Practice (NSAM 5002 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5016
Civil Liberties and National Security (NSAM 5016 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5020
International Law and Institutions (NSAM 5020 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5030
American Government and Domestic Security (NSAM 5030 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5040
Cyber Conflicts and Statecraft (NSAM 5040 / Credits: 3 )
DEM 5090
Weapons of Mass Threat and Communicable Diseases (DEM 5090 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5502
Directed Readings in National Security Affairs (NSAM 5502 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 5650
Economic Statecraft in National Security Affairs (NSAM 5650 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 6130
Practicum/Internship (NSAM 6130 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 6690
Special Topics in National Security Affairs and International Relations (NSAM 6690 / Credits: 3 )
NSAM 6700
Directed Thesis in National Security Affairs and International Relations** (NSAM 6700 / Credits: 3 )
**In addition to successfully completing all course work, students must EITHER a) pass a comprehensive examination to be administered by the National Security Affairs and International Relations Program; or b) complete a 6 credit, directed thesis option. ( )
Cybersecurity Concentration
ISEC 615
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (ISEC 615 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 620
Applied Cryptography (ISEC 620 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 640
Database Security (ISEC 640 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 650
Computer and Network Forensics (ISEC 650 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 660
Advanced Network Security (ISEC 660 / Credits: 3 )
ISEC 690
Information Security Project (ISEC 690 / Credits: 3 )

For specific course requirements, refer to the “Master of Science in National Security Affairs and International Relations Program (M.S.)" in NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student catalog.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Halmos College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Admissions Requirements


Completed NSU Graduate Application and $50 Application Fee


Transcripts from all previously attended higher education institutions including degree conferral.  

International students: proof of all coursework from the international institution(s), if applicant attended any international institutions. Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization. 


An admissions essay - please briefly (500-1,000 words) explain why you are interested in the Master of Science in National Security Affairs and International Relations program, your professional goals, your assessment of your abilities to manage the challenges of graduate school, and any other information you would like to provide. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in a review of your course grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized, and succinct manner.

4 An academic writing sample (it can be an academic paper, submitted journal writing, or a piece of professional writing). 
5 Submit two academic or professional letters of recommendation written within the past six months.
6 Submit a 'Resume' OR 'Curriculum Vita'
7 Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; master's GPA 3.0 or higher.

For non-native English speakers and graduates of foreign institutions (where English is not the primary language instruction). Demonstrate English-language proficiency is required through one of the following options:

  1. Successful completion of a degree at an approved U.S. institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction.
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score of 213 on the computerized test, 550 on the paper test format, or 79 on the Internet format. 



Join us on Wednesday, March 13th at 5:30 PM EST to learn more about National Security Affairs, including careers within the field, NSU graduate degree offerings, and the application process.

This event is free and open for all to attend. You may register for the Open House here.

Program directors and department faculty from the Department of Humanities and Politics and NSU Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions will be in attendance to answer your questions about your program(s) of interest.

Program Director and Admissions Staff

David Kilroy, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Department of Humanities and Politics
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Ransford Edwards, Ph.D.

Program Director, Assistant Professor
Department of Humanities and Politics
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Theodore Uy

Graduate Recruiter
Halmos Graduate Admissions
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