Prospective students are encouraged to connect with SSP to learn more about our program and the application process. SSP offers a number of ways for applicants to engage with our admissions staff, including informational interviews, online chats, and graduate admissions fairs both across the U.S. and abroad.
In light of COVID-19, SSP Admissions will not be conducting on-campus interviews until further notice. However, we are still conducting interviews digitally via Zoom or Skype, as well as over the phone. All informational interviews are scheduled online.
Interviews are not required for admission; they are for informational purposes only and have no bearing on an application or admission. Prospective students meet with members of the SSP admissions team.
SSP attends numerous off-campus events in the Washington DC area and participates in graduate school fairs domestically and internationally. This year, all events will be held virtually. Check back as we announce more sessions in addition to those currently scheduled:
- September 30: APSIA Online Graduate School Fair
During the application season, SSP regularly holds online information sessions. Below please find our upcoming events and registration links. Don’t forget to check back regularly as we add more sessions!
Tuesday, August 4, 12:00 PM EDT: Alumni Chat with Martina Hukel, SSP ‘19
As a recent graduate of the Security Studies Program, Martina will give you an insider look into what it’s like to be a student, and now an alum, of SSP. Join Martina as she discusses the Student Council, our Mentorship Program, Certificates, and more.
Thursday, August 6, 3:00 PM EDT: Overview of SSP
Please join this general information session hosted by our SSP Admissions Team to learn more about the program, as well as the application process.
Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 PM EDT: The SSP Graduate Student Experience, Part I
Interested to learn what it’s like to be a graduate student in SSP? Join Dr. Kimberly Roberts, a member of our core faculty and Director of Graduate Studies, to hear all about what an SSP student experiences during their time in the program.
Friday, August 21, 9:00 AM EDT: SSP Leadership Coffee Chat
Start off your morning with our program leaders, Dr. Keir Lieber, Director, and Dr. Rebecca Patterson, Associate Director. You will learn more about SSP and participate in a Q&A session.
Tuesday, August 25, 4:30 PM EDT: Career Center Resources
Learn more about the exceptional services provided by the School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Center.
Monday, August 31, 4:00 PM EDT: Technology and Security
Hear from Dr. Ben Buchanan, core faculty member and chair of the technology and security concentration, to learn about SSP’s fastest-growing concentration. From our course offerings in cyber and artificial intelligence to the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, you’ll learn all about how SSP is on the cutting edge of technology research and education.
Wednesday, September 2, 5:00 PM EDT: Alumni Chat with Melissa McDonough (SSP ’13)
2013 SSP graduate Melissa McDonough shares her experience in the program, as well as her career in private sector intelligence.
Wednesday, September 9, 5:00 PM EDT: The SSP Graduate Student Experience, Part II
Two of our current SSP students will share more about their experience in the program while answering your questions. Join Olivia Albrighton-Vanway and Christian Blank to learn more about what being a graduate student in SSP is all about.
Tuesday, September 15, 5:00 PM EDT: Academics at SSP
Join our Academics Team as they provide an overview of the SSP curriculum, including information on our concentrations, certificates, and more.
Friday, September 25, 1:00 PM EDT: Spring 2021 Applicant Information Session
Are you applying for Spring 2021 admission? Then this session is for you! Ahead of the October 1 submission deadline, the SSP Admissions team will answer any final questions and provide an overview of what to expect when you click “Submit!”
Keep Up With SSP
Prospective students can also sign up to receive admissions emails and sign up for the Center for Security Studies public mailing list for monthly updates about public CSS events, program news, and more. You can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest from SSP.