Notre Dame College Offers Gannon University Graduates Access to Master’s Program in National Security and Intelligence Studies

Notre Dame College is partnering with Gannon University to offer eligible graduates of the Pennsylvania institution an opportunity to earn a Master of Arts degree in the field of national security.

In a new articulation agreement with the Catholic university in Erie, Pa., Notre Dame will admit undergraduates from Gannon who meet the academic requirements into its master’s program in national security and intelligence studies. 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. While the articulation agreement focuses on Gannon’s criminal justice students, the Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies (NSIS) is open to all majors.

The College’s hybrid program consists of online classes in addition to two strategic weekend visits to its Northeast Ohio campus. It can be completed full time in two years.

The advanced degree in national security and intelligence studies at Notre Dame includes research, analysis and leadership training and is one of the few master’s level programs in the nation to focus on security policy. The degree offers a unique approach to its curriculum, too, combining theory, policy and practical application. The student capstone taken at the end of the program is a real-world, strategic project related to critical issues in national security.

Faculty members leading the classes at Notre Dame are academic experts, as well as former professionals. Students in the program have worked or are currently employed at a variety of organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the military, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, academia, intelligence contractors, local and state law enforcement organizations and private corporations.

As part of the articulation agreement, Notre Dame graduates who meet the academic requirements also have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in criminalistics at Gannon. Eligible students who earn a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame may be admitted to Gannon’s one-year accelerated or two-year part-time master’s degree programs in the discipline.

In addition to bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and emergency management, Notre Dame also offers graduate certificates in the national security and intelligence study field that are offered completely online. Each certificate—in Biodefense, Science & Technology Security Analysis, Transnational Threat Analysis, Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Analysis and Strategic Intelligence and Risk Assessment Analysis—requires only four courses.

To learn more about the requirements for the Master of Arts in national security and intelligence studies and other criminal justice and public service 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

January 2019

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Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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