The CAS in Security Studies is a 12-credit, interdisciplinary program for law and graduate students preparing for careers in national security, homeland security, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.
Certificate students collaborate across a range of subjects, benefitting from faculty expertise in national, international, and homeland security; international law and atrocity law; military operations and defense strategy; counterterrorism law and policy; counter-proliferation; diplomacy and international relations; mass communication; cybersecurity and cyberespionage; conflict and postconflict studies; and more.
Alumni form an extended, active, and influential network, boosting SPL’s reputation as a “go to” organization for shaping discourse on security challenges and for training the next generation of scholars and practitioners. Students also can join the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law-supported National Security Student Association.Download Program Description
“Combining my Information Management master’s degree with the SPL Security Studies program—which taught me critical thinking about the national security, cyber, and emerging tech—was a perfect match and definitely assisted me in getting my first job.”—Marina Polachek, MIM ’19
“I am incredibly grateful to have had SPL at the core of my studies. The courses on defense and national security issues that were incredibly challenging, informative, and enjoyable. I am also extremely grateful to SPL for providing me the opportunity to study counterterrorism in Herzliya, Israel, which exposed me to new perspectives and policies that would be hard to grasp without this first-hand experience.”—Frank E. Garrison, MPA ’19
“Working at SPL helped me to get my dream internship in the field of cybersecurity, and I can look back having earned many valuable insights for my future career.”—Benedikt Abendroth, MAIR ’15
Who Can Apply?
The CAS in Security Studies is available to matriculated SU law and graduate students. Interested students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to visit the SPL office during the spring semester of their first year to register for the certificate and to discuss a course plan with staff.
How Do I Apply?
- Interested students should first consult with their Faculty Advisor who will determine whether the student can pursue the CAS in Security Studies, consistent with the requirements of his/her degree program.
- Students then must complete the Graduate School Internal Admission Application Form, signed by the students’ department representative. This application should be submitted to the SPL office during the fall semester of the student’s first year in his or her graduate program.
- Students also must fill out a Proposed Program of Study Form and submit it to the SPL office.
- The Professional Profile Form helps us connect you with our professional network. Please fill this form out and submit it to the SPL office.
If you require more information, contact the SPL office at SPL@syr.edu or 315.443.2284.
How Do I Receive the Certificate?
- Law and graduate students must file a diploma request form on MySlice (and update their addresses). Filing on MySlice activates the certification process and awarding of a degree.
- You will be reminded by SPL in February/March of your final year to complete the Diploma Request Form and to submit your Final Program of Study Form.
- Projects or courses otherwise not listed may qualify for credit subject to approval by the Program Director. To petition to have non-listed study qualify for the CAS, complete a Waiver Petition Form and submit it to the SPL office.
- The Program Director will recommend granting the CAS in Security Studies to students who have met all of the requirements and who are in good standing.
What Are the Requirements?
- Students must complete 12 credits (six from the required course list and six from the elective course list—see below).
- No course may count if taken pass/fail or audited.
Students will be able to …
1. Identify and describe the central themes around globalization, global security, foreign policy, and models of conflict, particularly the role nation-states and international organizations play in the modern global system.
2. Explain and evaluate traditional and non-traditional security threats. Think creatively about complex problems in order to produce, evaluate, and implement innovative possible solutions, often as one member of a team.
3. Use knowledge of central themes (LO1) and security threats (LO2) in focused topic areas, such as international cybersecurity, security strategies in the Middle East, nuclear weapons, political risk assessment, and press relations.
4. Communicate acquired knowledge and skills effectively to a range of professional audiences, evidenced through written and oral communication.
Course OptionsFall 2021 Courses
1) Required Courses—take a minimum of six credits from the following:
2) Elective Courses—take six credits:
NOTE: Elective courses change each semester.