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M.A. in National Security Studies (NSS)

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Welcome to the National Security Studies (NSS) program at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). We are one of a few graduate programs in the country that is devoted to the study of U.S. national security, and the only one in the California State University system. The program was founded in 1986.

Our fully accredited Master’s program (M.A.) provides a comprehensive curriculum with foundations in strategy and strategic studies for students interested in pursuing careers in service for the U.S. government (USG). NSS alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence, and counter-terrorism. Federal service includes the various agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community such as:

  • Air Force Intelligence Agency (AFIA),
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA),
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI),
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA),
  • Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and
  • National Security Agency (NSA)

In addition, alumni serve in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Congress, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of State (DOS).

Other alumni have pursued careers in law enforcement, including federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the FBI, Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as state and local agencies, with some appointed to their area Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

Please peruse the site for additional information about our programs, admissions requirements, and news. Thank you for your time and consideration to learn more about NSS and CSU-ACE.