Since the end of the Cold War and in the wake of 9/11, nonproliferation has become a central focus of international security affairs. This unique Master’s concentration combines social science methods with practice from the field to analyze proliferation of nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons, together with associated materials, technologies and policies.
The ISN Master’s concentration provides advanced training for students who wish to pursue non-academic careers in international governmental and non-governmental organizations; in the diplomatic corps and foundations; in federal agencies such as the Departments of State and Energy and the intelligence community; and in foreign policy making, strategic trade, and other international policy fields.
More information on the benefits of the ISN program is available in the PDF brochure.
Career-enhancing aspects of ISN
- Taught jointly by Ph.D.-level practitioners from the Center for International Trade & Security (CITS) and International Affairs faculty at UGA
- Students gain comprehensive knowledge of international nonproliferation and disarmament law, norms and practice
- Students obtain training in foreign policy fields including strategic trade, defense policy, international security policy, arms control, nuclear security culture, economic and political development
- Opportunities to travel with professionals from the Center for International Trade & Security to conduct outreach and training operations in many different countries
- Proliferation and Terror in the 21st Century: Focuses on weapons proliferation and nonproliferation regimes; explores how policies have changed both in response to 9/11 and the global spread CBRN materials & technologies.
- Global Nuclear Governance: Examines the complex interplay between sovereignty and global nuclear risks. At the height of the “Nuclear Renaissance” the Fukushima disaster demonstrated the need to reorient and rethink the nature of nuclear governance at all levels.
- Dimensions of CBRN Security: Explores the origins and risks posed by the criminal use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials and available tools to mitigate these risks.
- Domestic Structures and Regional Dynamics of Proliferation: Explains the why and how of proliferation, especially in dyadic and triadic conflict scenarios; examines characteristics that shape proliferation by states and non-state actors.
- Arms Control and Disarmament: Focuses on the history, successes, and failures of bilateral and multilateral efforts to control levels of conventional and unconventional weapons, and to reduce their numbers.
- The Political Economy and Management of Strategic Trade: Examines systems that manage strategic trade (“dual-use” technology), especially in relation to processes of economic development, conflict management, the arms trade, and the global spread of WMD.
Sample Courses (continued)
- Legal and Institutional Architecture of Nonproliferation: Analyzes the international legal framework that undergirds nonproliferation; provides a comprehensive understanding of the nonproliferation milieu to enable students to navigate this field as future policy professionals.
- Global Internal Security and Counterterrorism: Assesses the dimensions and importance of terrorism as a present and future security issue; examines the internal security instruments and counterterrorist methods that states and militaries have at their disposal.
- Securitization and Proliferation—Articulation and Ownership of Sovereign Risk: Applies the securitization construct to the proliferation of WMD, exploring the evolution of the international nonproliferation discourse; examines critical issues of public policy.
The Master’s concentration prepares students to move directly upon graduation into positions and careers in the private sector, governmental and research organizations such as:
- International Atomic Energy Agency
- Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
- Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
- US Department of State, various offices
- US Department of Defense, various offices
- US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security
- Nongovernmental, academic and research organizations
- National Security Council
- US Department of Homeland Security (Customs and Border Protection, various offices)
- US National Academies of Sciences
- Corporate Export Control offices, both foreign and domestic
- US Congressional staff
- The United Nations and other IGOs
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- The Intelligence Community
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Law firms and consulting companies
Applications & Contact Information
The Master of International Policy degree program (in which ISN is a concentration) admits new students in the fall semester only.
Required application materials:
- Application fee — $75 for domestic or $100 for international students
- Two official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each higher education institution attended (except UGA, whose transcripts will be on file)
- Official GRE general test score report