The Security track is framed around the fundamental question "whose security?" This expands analysis of security policy from a traditional focus on nation states to society and individuals, in turn fostering a critical understanding of how security threats and challenges are problematized.

The multiple forms of insecurity in the contemporary world, including violent conflict, gender-based violence, and terrorism are analyzed in this specialization, and the policies designed to address such threats are assessed. Courses explore national, regional, and international policy priorities and responses, and introduce students to the tools to evaluate their effectiveness and impacts.

This course of study combines methodological, theoretical, and practice components. It promotes a focus on the design, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programs, methods for analyzing security debates and interventions, and knowledge of toolkits that have been developed to enhance conflict-sensitive and rights-based approaches in security policy design and implementation.

MPA students may complete a specialization in Security. To earn a specialization, MPA students must accumulate 12 credits from the list of courses in the track and take two of three specialist Gateway courses. Students must take at least two of the following three Gateway courses: Introduction to Conflict Analysis (2 credits); Contemporary Security Debates, Approaches and Toolkits (2 credits); War, Peace, and Nation Building in Iraq (2 credits). 

One-year MAPP students may complete a concentration in Security. To complete a concentration one-year MAPP students must: 

  • earn a minimum of 6 course credits in the concentration they have selected and
  • write a thesis (also 6 credits) on a topic related to the same concentration.

To view available courses, please see the course directory here.