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Further expanding the scope of two unique and highly regarded programs, the Monterey Institute of International Studies today announced the approval of a new master’s degree program in nonproliferation and terrorism studies for the fall 2010 semester.

The new Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program, the first of its kind internationally, builds on the Institute’s existing certificate program in nonproliferation and the terrorism studies concentration within its International Policy Studies degree program. Both academic tracks have experienced significant growth in recent years, reflecting students’ strong interest in these issues, as well as increased demand in both the public and private sector for policy experts in the fields of weapons of mass destruction and the threat of terrorism.

“The establishment of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies degree program puts an exclamation point on our commitment to providing Monterey Institute students with a graduate education that has immediate relevance in today’s world,” commented Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. “This new degree program will give our students the opportunity to be part of the solution to two of the world’s most pressing problems.”

The Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program’s curriculum will be supported by the Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP).  CNS, the world’s largest research center devoted to combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this December.  MonTREP conducts in-depth research, assesses policy options, and engages in public education on issues relating to terrorism and international security.

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