Full-Time Degree Programs
International Counterterrorism Fellowship Program (ICTF)
The ICTF Program offers students a strategic perspective on a rapidly changing global security environment. Courses address the global threat and its various manifestations including the rise of non-state armed groups, and the ends, ways and means of transnational terrorists and insurgents. The curriculum addresses the roles of power and ideology, the rise of newly empowered and politicized ideological movements, and the relationship between political objectives, strategy and all instruments of national power.
Through seminar participation, independent study, and the research and writing of a thesis, students develop strategies for working with the United States and other members of the international coalition to combat global terrorism. Ultimately, the program prepares counterterrorism professional to develop and implement security strategies for conditions of peace, crisis, and war.
This 10-month, full-time, in-residence program offered at CISA’s main campus at National Defense University, Fort McNair, leads to a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies for qualified candidates.
Fort Bragg Program
The Master’s program is also delivered at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS) at Fort Bragg, N.C. to US Army Special Operations Forces. Over a ten-month period, students attend classes full-time at CISA’s location at SWCS to complete the rigorous graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Security Studies.
South and Central Asia Program
The South and Central Asia Program developed in partnership with the Afghanistan Pakistan Hands Program administered by the Joint Staff Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell seeks to develop student’s knowledge of the region (historical, cultural, political, military and economic) and understanding of the regional civilian and military processes, practices and norms.
Through seminar participation, writing and research, and courses specifically addressing the complexities associated with the Afghanistan/Pakistan region students will be prepared to evaluate how local, regional and global threats and challenges impact South and Central Asia. They will develop the skills to think critically and strategically and to apply knowledge in practice in collaborative and complex circumstances with diverse partners.