Master of Science in National Security Contribute to the Security of our Nation


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

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.

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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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

  • 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

Check out the available specializations for our program:

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Not sure what to choose?

Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

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 the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service 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)

*Not applicable to certificates.