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Terrorism is a global issue that knows no border, nationality, or religion. Since 9/11, the number of jobs that deal directly or indirectly with terrorism have proliferated. Career doors open to those with the skill sets to help ensure the safety of citizens from the threat of terrorism, both here and abroad.

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Ethics Play a Major Role in New International Security Degree

A new master’s program in international security at Mason will prepare graduates to analyze global challenges such as terrorism, regional threats, energy security, cyber warfare, and the proliferation of emerging technologies.

It will also have a “strong emphasis on public service and ethics, because many existing programs lack sufficient focus on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene,” says Audrey Kurth Cronin, director of the graduate program and also director of Mason’s new Center for Security Policy Studies.

The program will address all types of security issues, including defense, climate change, biological and chemical terrorism, drones, to name just a few. According to Cronin, “This is the type of degree that makes [graduates] attractive to government and nongovernment agencies, defense contractors, aid programs, cyber security firms, and international organizations that deal with security.”

  • Applied Computer Science, BS

    Applied Computer Science is a degree program for those students who want and need the knowledge and expertise of computer science to work in one of the many disciplines that require advanced computing techniques. The program offers four areas of focus:  bioinformatics, computer game design, geography, and software engineering. Some career paths are: Software consulting, Bio-informatics and data management, Graphics and game development, Defense software analysis.

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  • Applied Cyber Security, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate offers courses in key elements of cyber security. It is designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, U.S. federal agencies, and provides post-bachelor’s academic preparation for students who may not wish to complete a full master’s degree program, as well as for master’s graduates who wish to take the topic-specific courses that the certificate provides.

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  • Biodefense, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MS degree in Biodefense. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and an MS in Biodefense with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Biodefense, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate in biodefense provides an interdisciplinary introduction to manmade and natural biological threats, including providing a background in the science and technology of biodefense and the specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. The graduate certificate in science, technology, and security may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

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  • Biodefense, MS

    For those interested in protecting our nation from natural or man-made biological threats, Mason offers MS and PhD programs in biodefense. Studies in microbiology and biotechnology, combined with a broad security and organizational context, ready students for employment in biodefense and biosecurity fields, the security industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the government, as well as positions in academia.

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  • Biodefense, PhD

    The United States and the rest of the world face serious threats, including biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases. That’s why Mason developed the Biodefense program. The doctoral program in Biodefense prepares students to work as professionals and scholars in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity. The PhD program provides a background in the science and technology of biodefense and specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness.

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  • CIO Graduate Certificate

    The CIO Graduate Certificate program helps information technology professionals gain core competencies to help them advance into executive level roles that manage IT resources and strategy within organizations. The program specifically focuses on: enterprise architecture and IT governance; management of information security; IT project management; managing IT investments; managing IT operations; and emerging technologies. Students must complete 15 credits. Those enrolled in the MS in Technology Management program will complete 14 of the required credits as part of the degree program.

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  • Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program focuses on the analysis, design, development, and management of Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I) systems. Topics addressed include C4I architectures and software, communications, decision support, modeling and simulation, and sensor data fusion. The program is available to students who hold bachelor’s degrees in engineering and scientific disciplines or are in graduate status in such programs.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA, BS

    From disputes between two individuals to warring clashes among ethnic groups, students pursuing either a BA or BS in conflict analysis and resolution learn to affect change through peaceful solutions. The program provides a rigorous academic curriculum along with opportunities for internships, service learning, research projects, co-curricular programs, and study abroad. Graduates find fulfilling careers in mediation and negotiation, law and criminal justice, community advocacy, human resources, and international aid, development, and diplomacy. Mason also offers a minor and an accelerated master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution. Areas of concentration include: Building Peace in Divided Societies; Global Engagement; Political and Social Action; Justice and Reconciliation; Interpersonal Dynamics; and Collaborative Leadership.

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  • Criminology, Law and Society, BA, Concentration in Criminal Justice

    This program focusing on the justice system prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and a range of justice, social service, and human services fields. It also provides a strong background for law school or graduate study in criminal justice or criminology. The Concentration in Criminal Justice focuses on such areas as computer crime, community policing, criminal courts, and innovations in policing.

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  • Data Analytics Engineering, MS

    The Masters in Data Analytics Engineering is designed to provide students with an understanding of the technologies and methodologies necessary for data-driven decision-making. Topics cover data mining, information technology, statistical models, predictive analytics, optimization, risk analysis, and data visualization. Aimed at students who wish to become data scientists and analysts in finance, marketing, operations, business intelligence and other information-intensive groups generating and consuming large amounts of data, the program also has wider applications, including a concentration in digital forensics, the process of extracting and analyzing data to be used in the legal system.

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  • Digital Forensics, MS

    Digital forensics is a discipline addressing the collection, processing, and analysis of digital information so that this information can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. It is interdisciplinary in its nature with the inclusion of computer engineering, computer science, information technology, law, and ethics. Digital forensics is a key component in criminal, civil, intelligence, and counter-terrorism matters. The MS in Digital Forensics will prepare graduates for careers in law enforcement, various other branches of government, and in the corporate sector such as banking and finance by combining academic education with real-world practical techniques and by offering advanced training in analyzing digital evidence, in intrusion forensics, and in legal and ethical issues.

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  • Executive MBA

    You've put in several years in the trenches and made significant gains in your professional career. Now you’re ready for something more. The Executive MBA program is designed with the flexibility you need and the challenges you want from an advanced degree. Offering specialized global, national security, and critical infrastructure protection and management tracks, our top-ranked EMBA program is designed to help you master a range of executive-level competencies while cultivating expert business-related knowledge of the global economy or the national defense and security industries. Delivered in-class on Saturdays or online, students participate in intensive global and domestic residencies based on their chosen track.

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  • Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence, MS

    This new MS program addresses the emerging demand for scientists trained in the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information about physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, and events that are geo-referenced or geo-located. Focusing primarily on the computational approaches that support the synthesis and analysis of diverse types of data, we can identify and monitor complex events and phenomena that manifest themselves over space and time. While geospatial intelligence has a strong Department of Defense connotation, it also addresses the needs of a broader audience, ranging from intelligent navigation in urban spaces to emergency response systems for natural and man-made disasters.

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  • Global Affairs, BA

    A passion for learning about international issues, experiencing other cultures, and examining the global processes affecting all societies leads individuals to pursue a BA in global affairs at Mason. Students determine their area of concentration either by choosing a world region to study—Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, or Russia and Central Asia—or by choosing a theme, such as the global economy, the arts, the environment, or international development. Undergraduates in this program are encouraged to study abroad, and they leave Mason with advanced language skills and a solid preparation for international careers or graduate studies.

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  • Information Security and Assurance, MS

    The Department of Computer Science’s MS degree in Information Security and Assurance prepares graduates to fill the current and future need for information security and assurance professionals. Graduates work in a wide variety of capacities, protecting the information systems of different types of organizations and supporting the nation’s information infrastructure. Students are provided with the general and technical knowledge and skills to understand the relationship between information security and advancing information systems technology. The program also provides a theoretical understanding of the science and methodologies for ensuring the secrecy and integrity of data, as well as the availability and legitimate use of data and information systems.

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  • Information Technology, PhD

    The program encompasses all aspects of information technology and the branches of engineering most closely associated with information and engineering.  Our focus on the science, engineering, and technology of information processing complements and enhances traditional approaches to engineering that are more strongly based on the physical and material sciences. The Information Technology PhD program is broad, and includes several specific concentrations.

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  • Intelligence Technologies, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate offers courses in key elements of intelligence analysis. Designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, intelligence community agencies, it provides additional academic preparation for post-bachelor’s students who may not wish to complete a full master’s program, as well as for master’s graduates who wish to take the area-specific courses a certificate provides.

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  • International Security, MA

    The program trains early to mid-career professionals who seek the analytical and substantive capabilities to address the security challenges of the 21st century. In addition to understanding traditional military and diplomatic approaches, the program’s core courses will provide a grounding in public-private and international collaborative responses to threats, ranging from transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and weapons of mass destruction, and corruption to state fragility and ethnic and sectarian conflict. Students will supplement their core courses by taking elective courses from each of three focus areas: Managing Global Risks, National Security Policies and Processes, and Regional and Transnational Security Challenges. There will be a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, focusing on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene.

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  • Management of Secure Information Systems, MS

    Highly ranked by IT security practitioners, the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is an interdisciplinary cyber-security management program offered by the School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering, and the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Designed for mid-career professionals actively engaged in the cyber security field, you will complete the program in 16 months of Saturday classes and participate in a weeklong global residency. Gain the leadership and management expertise you need while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.

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  • Middle East Studies, Minor

    Today, Middle East politics has become intertwined with U.S. politics more than ever before. The minor in Middle East studies is designed to teach undergraduates about the region, its history, and its international relations.

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  • Middle East and Islamic Studies, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified undergraduates pursuing a BA in select majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and a master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. The interdisciplinary, Accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences introduces students to the major issues and debates in the study of the Middle East, Islam and Muslim societies. Students study historical and contemporary topics—as well as theory and methodology—from both regional and global perspectives.

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  • Military Operations Research, Graduate Certificate

    This program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who work or plan to work in the field of military operations research. It is appropriate for students who cannot complete requirements for a master’s degree in operations research, but who want a concentrated study of military modeling. Admissions requirements are identical to those for the master’s degree in operations research.

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  • Telecommunication, MS

    The MS in Telecommunications program combines engineering-oriented courses in wireless and fiber communications systems, networks, computers, and Internet protocols, and courses on telecommunications policy, legal, business, and international aspects. This interdisciplinary program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of telecommunications or are working in the field and want to advance their professional knowledge. It concentrates on practical applications, engineering and IT, in combination with business and policy. The blend of in-depth knowledge of specific elements of telecommunications technology, combined with knowledge of broader issues in telecommunications, is increasingly beneficial for those intending to work in a management or decision-making position within the telecommunications industry, telecommunications-related businesses, or government institutions dealing with telecommunications. Four certificate programs may be incorporated into, and taken concurrently with, the MS in Telecommunications.

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  • Telecommunications Forensics and Security, Certificate

    To further the skills of recent graduates and experienced technical professionals in the field of telecommunications, Mason offers a certificate in telecommunications forensics and security. This certificate provides an in-depth understanding of security and forensics as they apply to networks and digital storage media.

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  • Terrorism and Homeland Security, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate is an interdisciplinary introduction to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its implications for U.S. domestic and foreign policy. It focuses on approaches to long-term prevention of and response to terrorism.

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