The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA) is one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in national and international security studies. Our educational programs are rooted in both intellectual rigor and an understanding of the need for professional relevance to our mid-career students.
Our students are intermediate- and senior-rank officers from across all of the U.S. armed services and from more than sixty partner countries and civilians from a variety of U.S. government agencies. Our faculty likewise represents a diverse blend of scholars, practitioners, and active duty military officers.
NSA offers distinctive core courses of study within the college's two master degree programs. Each of these core courses provides a broad graduate-level survey in contemporary security studies with multidisciplinary foundations in international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, leadership studies, and other cognate fields. The National Security Decision Making (NSDM) course is designed for senior-level students and focuses on global strategic issues, while the Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) course is designed for intermediate-level students and gives particular emphasis to regional security challenges. Members of the NSA faculty also develop and teach an array of elective classes in their areas of expertise.