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Admissions Requirements

CAHSS accepts applications to the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs from any person who possesses, or is in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must complete all bachelor's degree requirements before beginning graduate studies.

Criteria for acceptance into the M.S. National Security Affairs and International Relations include high-level undergraduate academic performance and/or relevant current working experience; a life passion or practical interest in using skills and theories in specific settings after graduation; the ability to think clearly in challenging interactions; tolerant, nonjudgmental attitudes and open-mindedness toward different types of people; and the ability to combine assessment skills with compassion and fairness.

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Non refundable application fee of US $50
  3. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree.
  4. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a master's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  5. Please briefly explain (500-1000 words) why you are interested in the program to which you are applying as well as your professional goals, your assessment of your abilities to manage the challenges of graduate school, and any other information you would like to provide. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in review of your course grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized and succinct manner.
  6. A sample of academic writing. It can be an academic paper, submitted journal writing, or a piece of professional writing. There is not a specific length requirement for this paper.
  7. Two academic or professional letters of recommendation written in the past six months.
  8. A resume or curriculum vitae.
  9. TOEFL score (if applicable)
  10. An interview may be required for admission to the program.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. Up to six (6) graduate credits may be transferred into this program. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.S. in National Security Affairs program.

International Students

Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by emailing International Students or visiting the International Students webpage.

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