Monterey Institute of International Studies

MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

The world’s first graduate degree combining the knowledge and skills needed to curtail the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and respond effectively to terrorism.

Unique Curriculum

Our interdisciplinary curriculum integrates policy analysis, international security, science and technology, and history to prepare students for professional careers dealing with the threats posed by violent extremism and nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

In addition, students have the opportunity to take courses in the Graduate School of International Policy & Management on related subjects such as regional and area studies, global economics, cyber security and international environmental issues.

World Class Faculty & Research

Our program draws upon the strengths of our world-renowned faculty and research centers: the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP). In addition, through these centers, students have unique opportunities for paid internships and research assistantships in Monterey, Washington, D.C., and Vienna, Austria.

Internship Opportunities

Every semester we place our students in internships with government agencies and international organizations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), and the United States Departments of State, Defense, and Energy.

    Career Outcomes

    From Washington, D.C. to Geneva to Beijing, our alumni are known as the "Monterey Mafia." They pursue careers in governments, NGOs, and international organizations committed to nonproliferation and counter-terrorism. Others who have an interest in an academic career go on to obtain doctorates at major research universities.

    Admission Requirements

    To learn more about the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program and how to apply, please view our admission requirements or contact our Enrollment Managers.