Master’s Degree In National Security Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Protect Your Country Using a Master’s Degree in National Security

Are you committed to protecting the welfare of your country and its citizens? Pursue a career within the federal government or law enforcement with Liberty University’s Master of Science in National Security. Your training in the various aspects of national defense policy can help prepare you for leadership, management, or other positions of influence that often require master’s-level credentials and training.

This degree will help you explore how nations use diplomacy, intelligence, and military strength to develop policy and regional stability or to take action in a crisis. You’ll study history, political theory, and public policy analysis. Within our national security-focused courses, you’ll learn about threat scenarios, defense budgets, and security strategy.

You can explore a wide variety of career opportunities in national security — especially once you have a master’s degree. You could pursue a career as a federal agent, secret service member, cryptologist, or security officer. You could even go into fields like intelligence, foreign affairs, logistics, or industrial security.

Your country benefits when people like you stand guard over the welfare of its people. When you pursue your degree through Liberty, you can receive the training you need to lead with integrity in national security.

Why Choose Liberty’s M.S. in National Security Online Degree?

Choosing where you’ll pursue your master’s degree is an important decision. When you choose Liberty, you’re choosing a well-respected, globally recognized, accredited university. You’re also choosing flexibility with course scheduling and academic excellence that is grounded in Christian principles and values.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This means that all of our degree programs have met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements. You can rest assured that you’ll be earning a challenging degree that can help equip you for the real world.

We’re also committed to Training Champions for Christ. Every professor in this program is dedicated to teaching from a biblical perspective. We understand that while you pursue your degree, you’ll still have family, work, and extracurricular responsibilities. This degree can be completed 100% online with 8-week courses available and no set login times. So choose Liberty, and stay committed to both your personal priorities and your career success.

Tuition Discount for Law Enforcement and Other First Responders

Liberty University is committed to providing world-class education and aims to help students achieve their educational goals in whatever ways we can. The First Responder Tuition Discount was created to take some of the financial burdens off the men and women who work in public service.

As Liberty University’s way of saying ‘Thank You,’ we proudly provide you with the following benefits:

  • A 25% tuition discount
  • Potential college credit for training and life experience
  • Personalized service throughout your educational journey
  • Potential stacking with other tuition benefits (Corporate Advantage Program or military benefits)

What Will You Learn in Our M.S. in National Security Online Degree?

Our master’s degree in national security offers comprehensive and advanced training in intelligence, terrorism and counterterrorism, hazard management, and other components of national security. You will explore the historical and contemporary concepts of national security as well as the laws, strategy, and data that guide national security agencies in decision-making.

Throughout the program, you can learn how to:

  • Analyze the structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of national and international security community members.
  • Apply a Christian worldview to aspects of the national security context.
  • Apply knowledge of the literature in the discipline of national security to research and analysis of national security strategy, policy, and execution.
  • Prescribe responses to contemporary and anticipated threats to national security.

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Highlights of Our M.S. in National Security Online Degree

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • This program is offered in an 8-week course format with 8 different start dates each year and no set login times.

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Military Benefits for Our Online M.S. in National Security Degree Program

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Career Opportunities for M.S. in National Security Online Graduates

  • Cryptologist
  • Defense program project manager
  • Elected official
  • Federal law enforcement officer
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Government manager/executive
  • Industrial security analyst
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Legislative aide
  • Logistics specialist
  • National security analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Professor
  • Research specialist
  • Secret service member
  • Security officer

Admission Requirements for the M.S. in National Security Online

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.