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Academics Overview

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IDS Offers:

  • Master's and Doctoral degrees in security studies and regional studies at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, which are 12 to 24 months in duration.
  • Short courses on current defense topics such as combating terrorism, defense transformation, resource management, and acquisition management at NPS which are one to 11 weeks in duration.
  • One to four-week courses conducted by mobile education teams (METs) overseas and tailored to meet the needs and requirements of the host country. METs also conduct seminars in the United States to meet homeland security needs.

Students and participants are U.S. and international military officers (mid- to senior grade) from all Services, U.S. civilians from all federal agencies, and international governmental officials.

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Degree Programs

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Department of National Security Affairs (NSA)

The Department of National Security Affairs (NSA), the degree-granting department within IDS, specializes in the study and teaching of international relations, regional politics and security, international military history, international political economy, and United States security policy. Faculty are comprised of historians, political scientists and economists, with students from all the U.S. armed forces, from various defense agencies, and international officers and civilians from more than 60 countries around the world.

Master of Arts in Security Studies

The Department of National Security Affairs offers Master of Arts in degrees in a variety of regional and topical specialties within the field of Security Studies. Master's programs require between twelve and eighteen months of in-residence study to complete.

Doctorate of Philosophy in Security Studies

The doctoral program in Security Studies seeks to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to do work of the highest professional quality in these areas, with emphasis on understanding the challenges and characteristics of modern security and defense policy. Doctoral training is inherently open-ended, being dependent upon completion of a Ph.D. dissertation of significant scope and originality. Successful completion of the program requires one year of in-residence course work beyond the Master's degree, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation of sufficient scope and quality to constitute an original and independent contribution to knowledge.


Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)

CHDS Academic Programs

All CHDS programs are focused on leadership development to transform how public safety officials view an increasingly complex world and homeland security mission. Through graduate- and executive-level coursework, seminars, and research, homeland security leaders gain the analytic and critical thinking skills and substantive expertise they need to create innovative solutions that address the threats facing the nation and local communities. The programs also prepare leaders to bridge gaps in intergovernmental, interagency and civil-military cooperation by bringing together a diverse range of participants to share perspectives and lay the foundation for long-term homeland security collaboration.

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Contact IDS

  Mailing Address

The Graduate School of International and Defense Studies
Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle
Herrmann Hall, Rm 416W
Monterey, CA 93943


Phone: 831-656-3791