The MAGS is in its 4th year. The program has over 200 students as of July 2020 and will have over 89 graduates by the end of the summer session 2020. The MAGS student body is diverse and comes to the program from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, including members of the US military, members of other national militaries, government officials, humanitarian assistance workers, law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, cybersecurity specialists, corporate strategists, psychologists, teachers as well as recent college graduates. What unifies our community and what makes our courses lively and engaging is our students’ commitment to seriously exploring pressing global security issues
Most MAGS students are in their late 20s or 30s, but some are recent college graduates and others are in their 40s, 50s, and older. Around half are either currently in the US military or are veterans, about half are minorities, and around thirty percent are women.
The majority of MAGS students work full- or part-time as they study, and many are also raising families. Students can pursue the degree from anywhere in the world. We have students studying with us from across the U.S. as well as from Afghanistan, Kenya, Singapore and other countries around the world.
Many students complete the MA in a calendar year, and most do so within two years after beginning the program.
Over the life of the program MAGS students have overwhelmingly rated the program, courses and faculty as excellent.
The MAGS assists students in gaining a grounded and relevant understanding of major global trends while developing critical analytic skills to improve their capacity to succeed in multiple career paths related to domestic and international security.
- career advancement for early to mid-career U.S. military officers, enlisted and civilians (from all services)
- career transitions for the U.S. military to private sector positions in global security, intelligence and fields requiring a grounding in international politics (consulting, risk assessment, cybersecurity regional affairs, etc.)
- professional advancement for humanitarian and other aid workers
- international development professionals working in conflict zones and on post-conflict reconstruction; policy analysis professionals
- others seeking career-enhancing training for private and public sector security, international affairs and global politics positions.
Several MAGS graduates credit promotions and new jobs to the training they received in the program and to their graduate degree, including new positions in the Diplomatic Security Service, in higher education, in various intelligence agencies (CIA, DIA, etc.), in law enforcement (FBI, etc.), in humanitarian assistance, as security and intelligence analysts in private and commercial enterprises. In addition, MAGS graduates have used their degree for advancement within the military, such as senior enlisted moving up to be E-9s, as well as numerous transition success stories from military service to private sector and government employment. In addition, while the MAGS is not designed to prepare students for academic careers, some graduates have gone onto additional MA programs and others to Ph.D. programs.
Mwende Mwinzi is a Kenyan-American business and communications professional and Kenya’s Ambassador Designate to the Republic of Korea. She is Partner at Global Communications House and the founder of Twana Twitu, a non-governmental organization that has provided support to orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya for nearly two decades. Ms. Mwinzi is a former Member of the Kenya National Economic and Social Council and a holder of the Moran of the Burning Spear award which was conferred her by Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki in 2008. She was “instantly captivated” by the MAGS when she came across information about the program, online and completed the degree in 2020 while living and working in Nairobi, Kenya.
“This program has awakened my desire to learn more and to play a role, however small, in improving international relations. Globalization has proven that famine, terrorism, inequality, disease and poverty have security implications that touch on us all or, as the Cameroonians say, ‘rain does not fall on one roof alone,’ which signals the need to keep the conversation on shared interests alive.”
Satar has been given an amazing opportunity with the Department of Homeland Security which he attributes to the MAGS program offered at ASU. He received a BA in Political Science and Minor in Public Policy from the University of Kansas cultivating a trajectory that inevitably led him to a MA in Global Security from ASU. His strengths lie in understanding complex systems and executing strategy, cultivating adaptability while operating in challenging environments in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Specializing in the development of cross-cultural communication skills, assessing threats, mitigating risk, research, observation, and policy with sound ability to articulate in concise terms. The MAGS program experience fostered a deep appreciation for advancing U.S. National Security strategies through coherent foreign and domestic policy. Furthermore, the program ignited a hunger in him to better understand asymmetric warfare strategies and Satar has since gone on to complete a Cybersecurity Bootcamp at the University of Kansas.
“I cannot give the MAGS program enough praise to do it justice. I strongly believe the innovative program offers dynamic, highly engaging content, and classmates that challenge students to develop critical thinking skills necessary to become future world leaders.”
“Most importantly, MAGS’ Directors Dr. Rothenberg and Dr. Kubiak have taken genuine interest in advancing my career goals providing letters of recommendation, resume development, and extensive discussion on potential career paths.”
Jonathon Rosenberg graduated from the MAGS in 2020 and is currently completing a fellowship within the Amazon Military Pathways Program. Prior to joining Amazon, Rosenberg spent 22 years on active duty as an elite Force Reconnaissance Marine and Scout Sniper, including multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served as the Reconnaissance Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training Command as well as the Commanding Officer, Reconnaissance Training Company and Officer in Charge, Special Training Branch, Special Operations Training Group.
According to Jonathon, "The MAGS curriculum, faculty, and staff are truly world class! The online program is flexible and the faculty sincerely cares about the success of their students. The curriculum challenged me to think more critically than ever before. I was able to engage with a diverse group of individuals that ranged from young professionals at Amazon and Google to senior members of the U.S. Military. I would 100% recommend the MAGS program to my colleagues and anyone trying to advance in the military, government, or private sector."
John E. Oliveira
John E. Oliveira graduated from the MAGS in 2020. For over a decade he was worked as a Security Program Manager and Cross-Cultural Conflict Mediator in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan), Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Jordan, Mexico, Bolivia, and Sudan. In this capacity, he has worked collaboratively with U.S. and foreign military, civilian, and local security forces to build and maintain effective relationships with tribes, local communities, private industry, and governments. Oliveira was honorably discharged from US Army Special Operations in the late 1990s, worked as a special investigator for several federal agencies, and then went to Iraq from 2006-2009 as an advisor/mentor to the Counter Terrorism Special Operations Force and for Iraqi Special Forces, including providing protection to the President of Iraq.
“The MAGS program succeeded in teaching this old dog new tricks. It has taken my worldly experiences on the ground and has provided political context to those experiences. I am no longer that private waiting in my muddy foxhole anxiously pondering what we are doing there. I am now the old warrior sage filled with knowledge and confidence.”