Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 18, 2009
Gazette masthead
   About The Gazette Search Back Issues Contact Us    
The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 18, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 35
Johns Hopkins Launches Security Degree for the 21st Century

By Ken Schappelle
Advanced Academic Programs

Johns Hopkins has announced a new master of arts in global security studies degree to be offered at its Washington, DC Center. The curriculum 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, 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 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.

Ariel Roth, associate program chair, said, "The MA in global security studies offers a unique curriculum that brings together theory and practice. Both components are integral to building a solid understanding of current and future security threats.

"Our students [will] graduate from the program with an understanding of the full complexity of contemporary security challenges, and the skills to plan and execute effective solutions," he said. "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 program, Johns Hopkins will host an information session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 28, at its Washington DC Center, located at 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW. To RSVP for the information session, or for more information about the program, go to:

The degree program received Maryland Higher Education Commission endorsement in February and is open for enrollment for summer 2009.


The Gazette | The Johns Hopkins University | Suite 540 | 901 S. Bond St. | Baltimore, MD 21231 | 443-287-9900 |