Advance your career in global security through a unique focus on addressing the challenges posed by domestic and international terrorism, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and financial crime.
Our Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) gives you specialized knowledge and skills that will distinguish you from other graduates. Gain professional experience through real-world projects with this STEM-designated, four-semester degree.
Bridging linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in global security, so we guarantee NPTS admitted students a full scholarship (covering tuition, housing, and food) for a summer language program at the Middlebury Language Schools.
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Find out if NPTS is right for you
Transform Your Career
Career and Academic Advising
We integrate your career and academic advising, so you’ll be sure your coursework aligns with your career goals. The same advisor will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating new career opportunities.
Our graduates are often hired before they complete their program, leveraging real-world projects from their classes and internships to showcase their relevant experience.
- Our research centers and initiatives offer paid graduate research assistantships, summer internships, full-time employment, and hands-on learning opportunities.
- The Professional Service Semester (PSS) helps you secure graduate-level internships, jobs, or consultancies in international organizations in the U.S. and abroad including the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- The Institute has partnerships with organizations like the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for unique internship opportunities.
- Our Middlebury in DC office provides the entire Middlebury community with a wealth of resources.
- The annual Career Exploration Week in the nation’s capital gives you facilitated and direct access to D.C.-based employers and our alumni who help us to plan the event.
- Our large and influential alumni network in Washington, D.C., and other centers of global security are eager to mentor and help you prepare for your next steps.
You’ll be prepared to work at international organizations; government agencies, including the intelligence community (IC), think tanks, and NGOs; and a range of private-sector employers, including those in the nearby Silicon Valley tech industry. Our graduates find meaningful careers at organizations like the U.S. Department of State, INTERPOL, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Google, and Deloitte.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum covers international security, science and technology, history, and regional studies, along with language studies and significant real-world opportunities for you to apply your learning. Build your expertise in:
- Policy tools for combating terrorism
- Scientific principles and technologies behind WMD
- Arms control and nonproliferation negotiations
- Open source intelligence (OSINT)
- Financial investigation and compliance
- Area studies
- Language studies (including a full scholarship for a summer language program at the Middlebury Language Schools)
See curriculum for more details.
Faculty: Professors and Practitioners
Our faculty are regularly featured in the media for their groundbreaking work. They are active in international diplomatic forums, interact with government officials on current policy issues, conduct policy-oriented research, and develop new tools to monitor global threats.
While other graduate schools rely on teaching assistants, at the Institute you will have direct access to faculty and collaborate with them on research and projects. They are genuinely committed to your success and will become your mentors and colleagues throughout your education and career. Meet your faculty.
Customize Your Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Degree
Our flexible curriculum means you can customize your degree:
- STEM designation allows expanded career opportunities for international students and scholarships for U.S. students
- second language study
- Financial Crime Management specialization prepares you to skillfully prevent, detect, and investigate illicit financial activities
- Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) partnership gives you access to courses with the Department of National Security Affairs and Department of Defense Analysis
- Accelerated- and advanced-entry options mean you can complete your degree in two or three semesters
- Joint BA/MA option to earn a bachelor’s and master’s in just three years through this transfer program
- Peace Corps partnership offers the Coverdell Fellows program for returned volunteers and an option to integrate Peace Corps service for potential volunteers
Check out the program details for your options.
Research and Practice
Build valuable professional experience while earning your degree. We offer paid graduate research assistantships and events at our world-renowned research centers and initiatives including:
- The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is the largest NGO in the world devoted to curbing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.
- The Cyber Collaborative explores the implications of the cyber domain for national and international security and other policy concerns.
- The Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab addresses the growing need for data-savvy professionals across a broad range of fields.
- The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interest in Russia and Eurasia.
- The Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) conducts in-depth research to provide private and government organizations with an understanding of and responses to terrorism threats.
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
CNS is the leader in training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists. It is at the cutting edge of using open-source information to track proliferation in countries such as North Korea and Iran. CNS is headquartered in Monterey and has offices in D.C., and Vienna, Austria. Visit CNS.
Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism
Scholarships and Financial Aid
More than 95 percent of students who request scholarship consideration receive institutional support. You may receive merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships and financial aid, which are available to both U.S. and international students.
Your personal enrollment advisor can help you think through financing this important investment in your career development.
Full Scholarship for Language Study
Students admitted to our MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies are guaranteed a full scholarship (covering tuition, housing, and food) for a summer language program at the Middlebury Language Schools. Learn more.
Prestigious fellowships like the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme and our Conflict Transformation Graduate Cohort Fellowship Program provide numerous benefits including scholarships for your study. Learn more.
How to Apply
We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without work experience, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain professional experience before you graduate. This approach aligns with the Institute’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions.
| by Sierra Abukins
The Monterey County Weekly recently featured a story about a conference on nuclear disarmament that included students from Hiroshima, Monterey, LA and Tokyo.
| by Mark Anderson
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Nuclear nonproliferation researcher Masako Toki writes in the Bulletin for the Atomic Scientists that the dwindling number of atomic bomb survivors—known as hibakusha—have an important role for teaching the next generation of nonproliferation experts.