Our program gives you the opportunity to take a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses on all aspects of nonproliferation and terrorism studies and to gain exposure to leading practitioners in these fields.
Requirements Overview (60 Credits)
Our program requires 60 credits to complete:
- 20 credits of required foundational courses
- 16 credits of electives in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
- 12 credits of general electives
- 12 credits of language study
Options for meeting required elective credits include lecture courses, seminars, credit-granting internships, and weekend workshops.
Required Foundational Courses (8 credits)
- NPTG 8501: International Security Research & Analysis
- 2-4 Credit Methods/Skills Course (please see your advisor for list)
- NPTG 8504: Global Politics
Required Gateway Courses (12 credits)
- NPTG 8574: Introduction to WMD Nonproliferation
- NPTG 8584: Introduction to Terrorism
- NPTG 8559: Science and Technology for NPTS
Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) Electives (16 credits)
Students are required to complete a minimum 16 credits of Nonproliferation and Terrorism advanced courses, seminars and workshops. At least two of these courses must be seminars. For potential options, view our course list.
General Electives (12 credits)
Students must take at least 12 additional credits in any subject to complete their degree.
Language and Intercultural Studies (12 credits)
Our Language and Intercultural Studies program courses are offered in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Additional languages are offered upon request. Through the Institute’s renowned content-based instruction, students combine advanced-level language skills development with topics related to their graduate coursework/professional interests.
In the NPTS program, students are usually expected to complete the 12-credit Language and Intercultural Studies component by taking 12 credits of language courses in a single language. Students need to meet the minimum proficiency requirement in the language (200-level for Spanish and Arabic, 300-level for all other languages), demonstrated by taking a placement test. Learn more >>