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May 12, 2009
Media Contact: Ken Schappelle
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Johns Hopkins Launches a Security Degree
for the 21st Century

Master's in Global Security Studies will focus on
military, economic, and energy and
environmental security

The Johns Hopkins University has announced a new master of arts in global security studies degree to be offered at its Washington, D.C. Center near Dupont Circle. The program features a well-rounded curriculum that combines traditional strategic studies with courses on economic, energy and environmental security to provide students with the tools needed to understand the full scope of complex security threats in the 21st century.

"We live in an interdependent world where the threats of computer viruses, pandemics, global warming, nuclear weapons, and terrorism are real and widespread," said Benjamin Ginsberg, PhD., who is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, and chair of the global security studies program. "It's evident that security is no longer just a military concern. Financial data, power grids and other resources that citizens at the global level rely on are at risk. A complete understanding of the broader security implications is necessary to contain these threats."

Students in the master of arts in global security studies program will analyze military challenges, the intricacies of economic interdependence, and prospective changes in the global environment.

The curriculum is designed for working professionals who are seeking a part-time program that will expand their expertise in identifying, assessing, and responding to current security challenges, with an eye toward developing the skills and perspective to be the policy leaders of tomorrow.

"The MA in global security studies offers a unique curriculum that brings together theory and practice," said Associate Program Chair Ariel Roth, PhD. "Both components are integral to building a solid understanding of current and future security threats. Our students graduate from the program with an understanding of the full complexity of contemporary security challenges, and the skills to plan and execute effective solutions. We say that our program is where the ambitious student of today becomes the accomplished leader of tomorrow, but with more than 90 percent of our students already working full-time, some are already leading the charge."

To officially launch the degree program, Johns Hopkins University will host an information session from 6:30 -7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at its Washington, D.C. Center, which is located at 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 20036. For more information about the program or to RSVP for the information session, please visit www.global-security.jhu.edu.

The degree program, which received Maryland Higher Education Commission endorsement in February, is open for student enrollment for the summer 2009 semester.