Master of Science in International Security, Online

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Online Degree Overview

The world is constantly changing. From technology and foreign policy to large-scale disasters and stability of the international system, understanding the tenets of international relations – and using them to analyze events and outcomes in world affairs – is part art and part science. Professionals who grasp the nuances and delicate balance involved are invaluable to the organizations and governments they serve.  

Georgia Tech’s new online offering of the Master of Science in International Security (MSISEC) will familiarize you with global international security challenges, the influences that drive formulating and implementing security policy, and how to apply research skills to address international affairs problems.


We designed the MSISEC online program for working professionals. It is 100% virtual with self-paced courses that provide you a week to view each pre-recorded lecture based on your schedule.

To ensure you stay on track, every class has an overarching timeline you must follow, including exam timeframes and due dates for projects and assignments. Faculty communicate those key dates at the beginning of the semester.

Program Details

  • 10 courses/30 credit hours total 
  • Complete in 2-3 years 
  • 100% online 
  • Same faculty and curriculum as the on-campus program 
  • No GRE/GMAT required 
  • Fall (August) start 



  • 10 courses (30 credit hours) 

    10 courses (30 credit hours) 

  • 2-3 Years icon
    2-3 Years
  • 100% Online icon
    100% Online
  • $1,100 per credit hour icon
    $1,100 per credit hour


  • Admission Requirements
  • Admission Deadlines
  • How to Apply
  • International Applicants
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

For admission into the program, all applicants are expected to have: 

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Online Application  
Admission is a competitive process, and we carefully review all facets of your application. The information you include in your application assists our admissions committee in evaluating your potential for success in the program. Your application will not be reviewed until all of your supporting documents have been submitted.  

International Students  
For international graduate applicants, please review the international student’s tab for requirements.  

Admission Deadlines

Admission Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline — including unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and English Language Proficiency scores (if applicable).

Fall Enrollment: (August)
Standard Application Deadline: March 1
Final Application Deadline: May 1

How to Apply

How to Apply

Ready to apply? You're in the right place. Applications are accepted year-round.

What You Need

Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.   
  • Lawful Presence Document (U.S. Citizens Only). Applicants must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment.
  • English Proficiency (International Students Only). The language of instruction at Georgia Tech is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for English Language Proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, or Georgia Tech Language Institute Assessment.  Minimum test scores and expectations are found on our International Students tab.   
  • References. You will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting a brief online recommendation. Please inform your references that they must submit the form for your application to be complete.   
  • Test Scores (Optional). You may choose to submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT. This is not required for admission into the program.
Program-Specific Questions/Materials
  • Personal Statements. Describe your specific career goals and objectives, the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.    
  • Professional Resume. A listing of your professional experience and uploaded to the online application. 
Start Your Application

You can submit your application to the program at any time of the year. If you have any questions during the application process, please check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the  Student Services Team.

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Please set aside sufficient time — usually about two to three weeks — for Graduate Studies to receive and process your supporting documents. We cannot guarantee applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in time for the applied semester.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee must be paid online with a credit card or electronic check if you have a U.S. bank account. The application fee is $95 for U.S. applicants and $105 for international applicants. Your application will not be received until the fee is paid.

Status Checking

Once your application is completed and submitted, you may monitor its progress through  online status check system (using the same  user ID and password created when you applied).  

Technical Requirements

There are technical requirements for our online degree program. Please review the technology requirements. 

International Applicants

International Applicants

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, even if you currently reside in the U.S under a non-immigrant visa. Since the program is 100% online, international students admitted to the program will not be offered visas. International students do not require U.S. residency to enroll in the program. All applicants residing within the U.S. must satisfy the lawful presence requirement.

The admissions criteria applied in evaluating international applicants are the same as those for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted in English in addition to their native language (if not originally in English). All applicants must satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement of admission to Georgia Tech. If an international applicant is using a TOEFL or IELTS score to satisfy this requirement, please note that admission to this degree requires the minimum scores outlined below.

Georgia Tech requires that all applicants demonstrate proof of English language proficiency. Listed below are the ways that this requirement can be satisfied:

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents can submit Lawful Presence documents
  • International applicants can:
    • provide proof of citizenship from an approved country listed here
    • provide a transcript from a regionally accredited university or college located in the United States reflecting a minimum of one academic year (3 quarters or 2 semesters) of full-time enrollment
    • provide a transcript from a university or college located in one of these listed countries reflecting a minimum of one academic year (3 quarters or 2 semesters) of full-time enrollment
    • Applicants not meeting any of the above criteria who studied at a school where the language of instruction is English but the country in which the school is located is not listed here are required to submit acceptable standardized test scores as outlined below.

If you do not meet any of the above listed criteria, you will be required to submit a standardized test score to satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement.

Our program-specific accepted tests and minimum score requirement for admission are listed below. Please note that meeting Georgia Tech’s minimum score does not guarantee admission since some programs (such as this one) have higher score requirements.

  • Official IELTS Academic test score (send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate")
    • IELTS ≥ 7.5 overall (with a minimum band score for Reading, Listening, and Speaking of 6.5; minimum band score for Writing is 6.0)
  • Official internet based (iBT) TOEFL score (send scores to Georgia Institute of Technology, "Graduate", institute code 5248)
    • TOEFL iBT ≥ 100 overall (with each section also scoring 20 or higher)

We recommend that you achieve acceptable scores prior to submitting your application. Scores must be no more than two years old on the day you are scheduled to begin your graduate studies. Failure to satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement will impact our ability to review an application.


All applicants to the OMS Analytics Program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or international equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy.

Georgia Tech does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents, such as those provided by companies like WES. Official transcripts and degree documents should be submitted at the time of application, but unofficial scans uploaded to your application are acceptable for the sake of admission consideration. Official copies can then be provided to us upon an offer of admission, as required.

Georgia Tech requires the following documents from international applicants:

  • Official native-language transcripts from every college/university attended for credit, even if that credit wasn’t earned or was transferred to another school
  • Official English translation of the native language transcript
  • Official native language degree documents
  • Official English translation of the native language degree document

Cost & Aid

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Payments and Refunds
  • Financial Assistance
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Program Tuition               $1,100 per credit hour
All Master's in International Security courses will be three-credit hours 

Technology Fee                 $107  
Tuition and fees are assessed only for the terms in which students are enrolled in courses.    

Payments and Refunds

Payments and Refunds

All payments of tuition and fees are handled by the Bursar’s office. For instructions on how to pay, please visit the student payment portal.

The Georgia Tech Bursar’s Office processes refunds via EFT, also known as Direct Deposit, Monday through Friday. Refunds and overpayments are electronically disbursed to the student’s checking or savings account and should be in the students account on the following day or sooner. You are not always eligible for a refund when dropping a course, so please read over the refund policy.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Education Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, visit Georgia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.   

Employer Tuition Reimbursement 

Contact your employer’s human resources department for available tuition assistance programs and eligibility.   

The Post-9/11 GI Bill 

Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and housing. Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website

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