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Casey Mahoney NPTS ’12: Language Is Integral to My Job

Being able to access documents and media reports in a foreign language first hand directly from sources is something that’s really important. Living in Washington DC, just walking down the street, passing an Ethiopian restaurant with Aramaic script, or hearing languages spoken outside of Embassies as you walk by.

It’s really hard to forget that language is an incredibly important part of who people are. And the field that I work in, in international affairs and non-proliferation, it’s taking a step back and looking at the globe and what’s going on. The amount of conflict and misunderstanding that occurs, not just due to mistakes in translation but true inability of parties to communicate across cultural lines is something that I’m reminded of daily.

So while I’ve been at the Department of Defense, I’ve worked on programs that have worked with partners cooperatively to help reduce or secure or prevent the proliferation of materials that can be used by bad actors to pose weapons of mass destruction threats. Watching the news, it’s hard not to hear the letters WMD or to hear about a recent terrorist group or a recent terrorist attack.

And studying those issues was something that I felt like I could make a tangible impact, certainly in my career, that would allow me to go and do something in the real world afterwards. Learning language is one step that students who want to be leaders in this field, in the future, should take if they have the opportunity.

And I definitely felt that going to the Middlebury Institute was my opportunity.

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Leading Global Security Program

Our programs and associated research centers are held in high regard by global security specialists; the word “Monterey” is synonymous with our reputation as one of the leading educational programs in the world in these fields.

Language Study

Bridging linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in global security. Therefore, you will take several content-based courses in a second language. In language classes, you will build specialized policy vocabulary and content knowledge, and develop your skills through presentations and professional writing.

To help you prepare for your language studies, you are guaranteed a full scholarship (covering tuition, housing, and food) for a summer language program at the Middlebury Language Schools if you are admitted to the NPTS program. Learn more.

Le Chateau building on the Middlebury College campus in Vermont
Le Chateau building on the Middlebury campus in Vermont, home of the world-famous Middlebury Language Schools.

STEM Designation

The MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies is designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program. International students who graduate from this program, and who are eligible to apply for standard Optional Practical Training (OPT), may also qualify to apply for a STEM 24-month extension of their work authorization. Please visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to read more about eligibility requirements for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the 24-month STEM extension.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can take advantage of a number of scholarships only available in STEM-designated degrees.

Naval Postgraduate School Courses

Our partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) gives you access to a broad array of courses with the Department of National Security Affairs and Department of Defense Analysis. You will learn in a military environment, gaining new perspectives on international security issues and expanding your professional network through NPS faculty and students. This opportunity is only available to U.S. citizens.


If you do not need a full master’s degree to meet your professional goals, you may consider one of the following certificates, which you can earn in one or two semesters:

  • Terrorism Studies: study extremist groups and states that employ the tactics of terrorism, and the policy tools available to counter terror threats.
  • Nonproliferation Studies: learn to control, reduce, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction.
  • Financial Crime Management: gain the skills and confidence to prevent, detect, and investigate money laundering and other threat financing. Students enrolled in NPTS or another degree program at the Middlebury Institute may pursue financial crime management as a specialization.

Accelerated Entry and Advanced Entry

Complete your degree in fewer semesters:

  • Students with a relevant master’s degree (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale) may be eligible for the accelerated entry option, allowing you to complete your degree in three full-time semesters.

  • Students with relevant professional experience (at least seven years) and a relevant master’s degree (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale) may be eligible for an advanced-entry option, allowing you to complete your degree in two full-time semesters.

Joint BA/MA

Earn a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the Middlebury Institute in just three years through this transfer program. Learn more


IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help grow the number of women in the nuclear field. Selected students receive a scholarship for up to 2 years for a master’s program in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or nonproliferation studies at accredited universities, which includes the Middlebury Institute’s MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. You will also be provided with an opportunity to pursue an internship at the IAEA for up to 12 months. Learn more.

Conflict Transformation Fellows

This select group of Middlebury Institute students will focus on the ways that conflict transformation manifests in diverse contexts. Fellows will receive numerous benefits including a maximum $10,000 scholarship per academic year. Learn more.

Peace Corps Connections

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, earning yourself a guaranteed scholarship.

  • You can integrate Peace Corps service into your degree through our Options for Peace Corps Service, earning yourself a 50 percent tuition scholarship for your final semester.

Learn from the Experts

Watch recordings of online discussions with Middlebury Institute experts on a wide range of global security topics.