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Earn Your Master's in National Security Online

Threats to safety span a multitude of societal sectors—from business to infrastructure to technology. With a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from American Public University (APU), you examine the complexities of today’s unpredictable security environment, attaining an executive-level education in national and international security policy.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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$425
Per Credit Hour

Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

$250
Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

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Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

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Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

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APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Comprehensive Scope

You’ll gain a solid foundation in agency operations and theory through coursework in national and international security, institutions of national security, current and emerging threats to U.S. national security, and the impact of globalization. To focus your studies, you will choose a concentration.

Core Skill Building

Your critical thinking and communication skills will be challenged. The program aims to enhance your ability to conduct advanced research and analysis on issues critical to national and international security.

Real-World Expertise

Faculty bring their frontline experience from national security, intelligence, government agencies, NGOs, and the military to ensure you gain career-relevant knowledge in this continually evolving field.

Connected Learning

You will study alongside APU’s unique group of peer working professionals representing security, intelligence, government, military, and service-driven communities.

Beyond the Classroom

Join a student organization to broaden your network. You may wish to participate in the National Security Policy and Analysis Organization, which facilitates critical engagement in national security, international affairs, and intelligence issues.

No Entrance Exams

Begin your studies quickly. APU’s MA in National Security Studies requires no GRE® or other standardized test score. Courses start month, so you can begin on your schedule.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Preferred Military Rate, which is $250 per credit hour for both undergraduate and master’s-level programs. Eligible family members include parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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