Graduate Degree
MA in Security Studies

Admissions are rolling. Students will be considered for admission year-round!


• Intelligence Analysis
• Counterterrorism
• Diplomacy
• Intelligence Operations
• Law Enforcement

• Military Career
• Risk Analysis


We live in a world, where national security issues often dominate the policy agenda. In response to the growing need for national security professionals, the Department of Political Science at the University of Akron offers the Master of Arts Degree in Political Science-Security Studies. This course of study is intended to prepare professionals in the world of national security occupations.

Recent job placements:

• Department of State
• Department of Defense
• National Security Agency (NSA)
• National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
• Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
• United Nations



For admission to a graduate program in the Department of Political Science, an applicant should provide the following:

  1. A completed Graduate School application form
  2. A one-page personal statement of purpose, describing the applicant’s interests and goals in pursing graduate study in Political Science.
  3. Official transcripts from all universities attended.
  4. For international students only, official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  5. Three letters of recommendation (for MA applicants the letters should come from two academic sources familiar with the applicant’s course work, research activities, and other qualities relating to successful academic potential.
  6. The GRE is not required.

An applicant for graduate study in the Department of Political Science will have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA overall (on a 4.0 scale) on their undergraduate degree OR a 3.0 GPA for their last 64 hours of course work and a 3.0 GPA in political science course work.

International Students

Also, as determined by the graduate school, international students admitted to graduate study in Political Science must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 213 in the computer-based TOEFL or 79 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL.

Apply today!

Contact Professor Karl Kaltenthaler, at or call 330-421-8999 for questions, or reach out to the Graduate School for prospective UA students.