Practical Education

Practical Education

Practical Education

Whether you are an experienced professional who is interested in increasing your knowledge or developing your skill sets, or you are a recent graduate who wants to pursue a career in the security sector—which, these days, means everything from the intelligence community to risk assessment in financial institutions to field work with an NGO—the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) offers the transnational security concentration within the MS in Global Affairs (MSGA) to meet your needs. Flexibly scheduled, with the option to complete your course of study part-time and the opportunity to take courses from across other NYUSPS or NYU units, the program provides a uniquely practical way of learning about the breadth and depth of emerging security challenges.

“Students in the concentration grapple with some of the most pressing issues of our time including the security implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, the refugee crisis, a proliferation of failed states, intelligence reform, drug and human trafficking, homegrown radicalization, and post-conflict reconstruction. Many of these issues overlap with other concentrations in our program (peace-building, the future of international relations, energy and the environment, development and humanitarian assistance, international law and human rights, gender) and students often combine transnational security with a focus in another concentration. We also spend a great deal of time discussing how technology and globalization are drastically altering the conduct of war and challenging established norms from cyber, to nonlinear warfare, to unmanned and autonomous weapons, to terrorists’ use of social media, encryption, and the Dark Web.”

“Our program follows a theory-practice model, with most students interning or consulting in New York City or abroad or traveling on one of our Global Field Intensives prior to their graduation. As such, employers find our students possess not only the requisite academic knowledge and analytic skills necessary to excel, but also the practical experience and connections in their field. Recent graduates or current students in the transnational security concentration are employed in a variety of fields and sectors. Many work as intelligence analysts or officers in the military or at U.S. government agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Department, and Department of Defense (or in similar organizations in their home countries). Our alumni are also employed as intelligence or political risk analysts in the private sector at organizations such as Kroll, RANE, Morgan Stanley, or AIG. Others are on the front lines of counterterrorism monitoring and analyzing terrorist behavior on the Internet and Dark Web for private sector companies such as Dataminr and Flashpoint. Some work for the U.N. or their countries missions to the U.N. One recent graduate works on cybercrime prevention for the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and another on peace-building initiatives in Iraq. Others put their skills to use as research analysts, examining and writing about U.S. foreign policy and critical international security issues at think tanks such as The Soufan Center, The Eurasia Group, Human Rights First, and the Council on Foreign Relations.”