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.
In contrast to programs in security studies at other universities, the SSP offers courses on a broad range of security topics. Courses address the many facets of security today, ranging from broad examinations of strategy and foreign policy to more focused classes on terrorism, intelligence, defense planning, military operations and the security problems of different world regions. Younger SSP students apply their recent theoretical undergraduate education to practical policy applications. More seasoned students, professionals in the military, intelligence and defense contracting sectors enhance their practical experience with critical thinking, analytical writing and theory-based solutions.
The program’s more than 1,500 graduates have filled key positions in the U.S. and foreign governments, the defense industry and the private sector, research institutions and non-governmental and international organizations. Other graduates pursue doctoral programs and academic careers.
CSS engages a large and experienced faculty who are also security specialists. They publish regularly in leading scholarly and popular journals and serve as advisors or analysts to leading security organizations and government agencies. Their research examines many contemporary security challenges, such as intelligence reform, comparative counterterrorism, military occupation, global intelligence networks, intelligence-policy relationship, the role of regional organizations in international peace operations, nuclear programs and the rise of paramilitary groups. The robust corps of SSP adjunct faculty builds on this foundation, offering a wide range of first-hand practical experience to the SSP student body. The contributions of our distinguished adjuncts enable the Security Studies Program to stay at the forefront of today’s global security issues.