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Applied Doctorates in Global Security & Strategic Intelligence

Explore Our Doctoral Degrees

APU's' online global security and strategic intelligence doctoral degrees integrate research and evidence-based solutions with the complex problems you face in your professional practice. These programs are designed to deepen your knowledge and leadership capabilities in one or more of these areas:

  • Strategic intelligence
  • International affairs and international security
  • Foreign policy
  • Conflict resolution
  • Human security
  • Cybersecurity

A doctoral degree is designed for professionals reaching the pinnacle of their field who are passionate about finding new discoveries. APU's Doctor of Global Security and Doctor of Strategic Intelligence are applied doctorates with online coursework complemented by annual residencies.

Scholarship Opportunity
To help keep you on the path toward completion, APU offers eligible doctoral students* the chance to apply for the Pathways to Completion Scholarship. Learn more to see how our doctoral program can enhance your knowledge.

Must be an active doctoral student who has completed at least one full term, in good academic standing, and has not received another doctoral scholarship from APUS.

About APU's Doctorates

All doctoral programs involve research. In an applied doctorate, research focuses on real-world scenarios and problem solving aimed at actionable results. Learnings can be put to immediate use and will help you to:

  • Bridge divergent research
  • Formulate actionable policy
  • Evaluate multifaceted challenges
  • Lead organizational change

Brought to you by APU's School of Security and Global Studies, these programs are designed to provide the professional skills and research acumen needed to perform at an executive or senior level.

You will learn from faculty who hold distinguished academic credentials, offering their decades of real-world experience with intelligence and counter-intelligence, extremism, identity politics, cyber, international security, global governance and political psychology.

We are now accepting applications. The application deadline is September 30, 2020. Request information to learn more about admission requirements, pricing, courses, etc.

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Hear from the experts

Our doctoral programs are backed by decades of experience by our highly-credentialed faculty working in the field.

Mark Riccardi
Mark Riccardi, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Security and Global Studies
Nicole Drumhiller
Nicole Drumhiller, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Security and Global Studies; President, the Center on Transnational Crime and Political Conflict
Kate Brannum
Kate Brannum, Ph.D.
Program Director, International Relations & Conflict Resolution, Middle Eastern Studies
James Burch
James Burch, D.Mgt.
Associate Professor; Naval cryptologist and intelligence faculty
Melissa Schnyder
Melissa Schnyder, Ph.D.
Professor; Expertise in European politics, immigration and asylum, civil society political participation

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The application deadline is September 30, 2020.

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