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The International Security (IS) field offers courses related to the onset, conduct and termination of large-scale political conflict, violence and war, as well as civil-military relations, crisis management, decision-making, intelligence, non-violent resistance, strategy and statecraft. The field also provides courses devoted to emergent security threats, including cybersecurity, climate change, terrorism, and demographic shifts as well as emerging tools for addressing insecurity such as security sector reform. Course offerings reflect theoretical and practical considerations and historical and contemporary perspectives. Courses might be based in case studies of countries or regions, examine the play of politics within states, or span the international and global system of states. In addition to studying critical events around violence, war, and peace, students will engage crucially important concepts and phenomena including power, legitimacy, authority, sovereignty, institutions, cooperation, democratization, ethnicity, nationalism and  self-determination, and religion. The field also offers courses in international relations theory and political systems that seek to describe, explain, and compare the different units and actors that comprise the world in the 21st century.  

In essence, students in the IS field are presented with a broad understanding of the historical and contemporary dynamics of the international security environment and acquire requisite knowledge of the key theories, concepts, and leading thinkers in this field. Our curriculum is geared towards developing graduates who can effectively analyze, discuss, and act on key challenges in the contemporary international security environment.  

The many achievements of former students and military fellows attest to the efficacy of the International Security field at Fletcher. Our students have gone on to successfully work in a variety of professional career fields, including in the U.S. government, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, international and national policy institutes, global consulting, international and national media, and academia.   

Field Advisor(s) 

Richard Shultz 

Research Centers 

Students in the field also have access to and are supported by five security related programs and centers listed below. Each hosts an array of fellows, speakers, workshops, and events throughout the academic year and provides financial and  logistical support to student-oriented activities, including student-led conferences and publications.  

Center for Strategic Studies

Cyber Security and Policy Program

The Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World

International Security Studies Program 

Maritime Studies Program  

Russia and Eurasia Program  

Field Requirements 

MALD: 4 courses in field of study (one core, one field elective, and two additional electives) 

MGA: 6 courses in field of study (two core, one skills course, and three additional electives) 

Total Credits Required   

MALD: 12.00 credits 

MGA: 18.00 credits 

Core Course Requirements


DHP P240 The Role of Force in International Politics 


DHP P233 International Security 

DHP P240 The Role of Force in International Politics 

Field Electives (Choose One)


DHP P205 National Security Decision Making: Theory & Practice 

DHP P233 International Security  

DHP P241 Policy and Strategy in the Origins, Conduct, and Termination of War  


DHP D220 Processes of International Negotiation 

DHP P203 Analytic Frameworks for International Public Policy Decisions 

DHP P207 GIS for International Applications 

EIB B291 Leadership: Building Teams, Organizations, and Shaping Your Path 

ILO L215 Ethics in Practice of Foreign Affairs 

Additional Elective Requirement

DHP D282 Contemporary Issues in U.S.-Russian Relations DHP H204 Classics of International Relations 

DHP H205 The Historian’s Art and Current Affairs 

DHP P200 International Relations: Theory and Practice 

DHP P202m Security Sector Reform: Conceptual and Contextual Debates in Peacebuilding 

DHP P205 National Security Decision Making: Theory & Practice  

DHP P206M Maritime Security 

DHP P209M Demography and National Security  

DHP P233 International Security 

DHP P241 Policy and Strategy in the Origins, Conduct, and Termination of War  

DHP P243 Internal Conflicts and War  

DHP P244 Modern Terrorism and Counterterrorism  

DHP P246M Civil Resistance: Global Implications of Nonviolent Struggles for Rights and Accountability 

DHP P248 Strategy and Grand Strategy: Theory, Art and Practice 

DHP P249 International Cyber Conflict 

DHP P263 Civil Wars: Theory and Policy 

DHP P265 21st Century Intelligence and National Security Seminar 

DHP P277 Introduction to Nuclear Security 

DHP P291 Power in World Politics 

EIB B223 Informal and Underground Finance 

ILO L216 International Humanitarian Law  

ILO L224 Peace Operations  

ILO L262 Foreign Relations and National Security Law 

Practicum Requirement (MGA only)

A practicum is required for MGA students.