About the Center

Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies (CSS) in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service offers an expansive curriculum, in-depth research and critical dialogue on security issues. Former Director Michael E. Brown created the Center in 2000 with a mission to produce a new generation of analysts, policymakers, and scholars fully knowledgeable about the range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st Century.


The academic pillar of the Center for Security Studies, the Security Studies Program (SSP), is the nation’s preeminent professional Master of Arts program devoted to security studies. When Stephen Gibert established the National Security Studies Program (NSSP) in 1977 as a "defense MBA," the original classrooms met in the Pentagon and the degree was an M.A. in Government with a certificate in Security Studies.  In 1984, the Master of Arts in Security Studies degree was established, and all classes had moved over to Georgetown University's main campus by 1994.