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The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) prepares you for a professional career countering threats posed by terrorism and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

The four-semester, 60-credit program integrates instruction in international security, science and technology, and history. Students can take electives in related subjects such as regional and area studies, global economics, cyber security, and international environmental issues. Opportunities for internships with government agencies and international organizations are available, and select students participate in an honors thesis program. Students also take courses taught in their chosen language of study. See the curriculum for more details.

Dual Degree Option

Students who are specifically interested in WMD issues and U.S.-Russia relations can apply for the Institute’s Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

Certificate Options

NPTS students can use their electives to add the Financial Crime Management specialization.

Individuals not enrolled in our degree programs can earn a Certificate in Terrorism StudiesCertificate in Nonproliferation Studies, or Financial Crime Management certificate from the Middlebury Institute in as little as one semester.


The Institute is home to a number of important research centers and initiatives that are integrated into the degree curriculum. Paid research assistant positions are also available:

  • The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS provides NPTS students with a wealth of resources, including opportunities for internships and research.
  • Terrorism research at the Institute is supported by a rich variety of speakers, conferences, research activities, publications, and professional networking opportunities for students interested in terrorism studies.

Our offices in Washington D.C. and Vienna, Austria give students access to a wealth of resources including opportunities for placed internships and conducting research.

Careers and Internships

Students gain professional experience through internships, prestigious fellowships, and other real-world, immersive programs.

Our graduates work within some of the most prestigious organizations around the world. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.

Tuition and Fees

Visit our Admissions site for additional information about tuition and fees.