Degree Offerings

The Security Studies Program (SSP) is one of eight master's programs housed in Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS). Founded in 1919, SFS has become a premier school of international affairs, providing a rigorous education that combines theory and practice while instilling the value of service to others in the next generation of global leaders.

In 2015, Georgetown University was ranked by Foreign Policy Magazine as the world's leading university for students seeking a policy-relevant master's degree in International Relations, after having received the same recognition in 2012. In line with such a reputation, the curriculum at SSP provides students with both academic rigor and policy relevance, with over 80 courses are taught per year by leading academics and distinguished practitioners.

SSP offers a Master of Arts of Security Studies, as well joint degrees with Georgetown University's Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS), the Department of Government, and the Georgetown University Law Center.

SSP students are also eligible to enroll in one of the seven graduate certificates offered by SFS as part of their graduate degree. Certificates offered cover the following topics: African Studies, Arab Studies, Asian Studies, Diplomatic Studies, Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, International Business Diplomacy, and Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies.

Additionally, SSP has established a direct exchange with the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, which is open to students pursuing the Master of Arts in Security Studies.