Launch your career in international security


  • Learn advanced strategies to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), counter terrorism, and prevent financial crimes.
  • Get access to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the largest NGO in the U.S. devoted to research and training on nonproliferation issues.
  • Work with the Center for Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism to provide organizations with an understanding of and responses to terrorism threats.
  • Pursue internships at government agencies like the State Department, international organizations like Interpol, technology companies, and global banks to gain coveted professional experience before you graduate.
  • Expand your career opportunities through this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designated master’s program.

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Global Security Studies

Our MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) is a career-focused security studies master’s. You’ll acquire specialized knowledge and skills that will distinguish you from graduates with less-focused international security master’s degrees.

This four-semester, 60-credit master’s degree covers international security, science and technology, history, and regional studies, along with language studies and significant real-world opportunities to apply your learning.

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 the nearby Silicon Valley tech industry.

Antiterrorism, Nonproliferation, and More

Core course work introduces the fields of nonproliferation and terrorism studies, including the technical aspects of weapons proliferation; how these issues fit into the broader context of world politics; and practical training in research methods.

Tailor the program around your interests: explore satellite imagery analysis or emerging cyber threats; focus on U.S.-Russia relations through our Dual Degree in Nonproliferation Studies with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); pursue a career in anti-money laundering and compliance with the Financial Crime Management specialization.

Our partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) allows you to take some courses in a military environment, gaining new perspectives on international security issues.

Why Study at the Middlebury Institute?

Advance Your Career

At the Institute, your career and academic advising are integrated, so your courses will align with your career goals.

Gain Professional Experience

Be fully immersed in this crucial field with internships and research in our centers and around the globe.

Build Language Proficiency

Acquiring and refining your competency in at least one additional language will enable you to perform professional work in language.

Learn Real Solutions for Today’s Global Security Challenges

Working toward Global Security

“We want to make sure that there’s never a nuclear war, that new states don’t get chemical or biological weapons, that we find effective strategies for fighting back against terrorism.” – Professor Jeff Knopf (program chair)

Language Is Integral to International Security

“The amount of conflict 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.” – Casey Mahoney (alumnus)