Notre Dame College Extends Master’s Degree Opportunities to National Guard

Notre Dame College is partnering with the National Guard to provide transfer credits and a tuition discount to eligible service members who will pursue a master’s degree in national security and intelligence studies at the College.

In a new affiliation agreement, the Notre Dame Center for Intelligence Studies and the National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute (HSI) are offering active and reserve military personnel who have competed the HSI program of study and received the National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute Certificate of Completion up to nine graduate level credits toward a Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame.

U.S. service members accepted into the master’s degree program at the College also are eligible for a 10 percent tuition discount under the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.

The College and National Guard Bureau HSI are joining together to promote an educational environment where faculty and graduates from both institutions can learn from one another through sharing of information and knowledge, as well as to leverage the strengths and resources of the programs at both institutions to further academic opportunities in homeland security and related fields of study for U.S. service members.

Convenient Classes

The College’s hybrid master’s program in National Security and Intelligence Studies consists of online classes in addition to two strategic weekend visits to its Northeast Ohio campus, making it convenient for U.S. service members living or working in other parts of the country or world. The Notre Dame degree can be completed full time in two years.

Notre Dame is one of the few colleges in the country to offer a Master of Arts, rather than a Master of Science, in a national security discipline. The College’s advanced degree program also is distinctive in that it is one of few master’s level programs in the nation to focus on security policy.

Curriculum Connections

The advanced degree in National Security and Intelligence Studies at the College also is a good fit for active and reserve military personnel because it provides a unique approach to its curriculum, combining theory, policy and practical application and encompassing research, analysis and leadership training. The student capstone taken at the end of the program is a real-world, strategic project related to critical issues in national security.

The HSI Program of Study is a graduate curriculum of homeland security, emergency management and leadership courses comprised of three components: incident command systems, resident emergency management courses and professional military education courses.

Course Contacts

In addition, U.S. service members also can feel comfortable among Notre Dame faculty and with classmates in the prog ram. Instructors are former professionals in the field as well as academic experts. Students have worked or are currently employed at a variety of organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State and in the military as well as in academia and with intelligence contractors, local and state law enforcement organizations and private corporations.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in national security and intelligence studies and other homeland security programs at Notre Dame, contact John King, Ph.D., associate professor of national security and intelligence studies and director of the NSIS graduate program, at 216.373.6476 or or contact Gregory Moore, Ph.D., professor of history and head of the Department of Public Service & Security Studies at the College, at 216.373.5346 or

March 2019

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