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Security Studies

Kansas State University
309 Calvin Hall
802 Mid-Campus Dr. South
Manhattan, KS 66506


Fort Leavenworth
Education Center

Dr. Cheryl Polson

Security Studies at KSU

Our application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is January 8!


Security Studies at Kansas State University is a rigorous interdisciplinary program offering MA and Ph.D degrees for students interested in national security, international affairs, world politics, and transnational problems. It boasts well-published faculty and an international student body. History and political science are the core departments in the Security Studies program, but students draw on expertise and coursework from other disciplines as well.

Students range from recent graduates of traditional undergraduate programs to field grade officers in the US military. The diversity of experience among our students is one of its key strengths. Most students plan to use their degrees for professional careers in international affairs.

If you have questions about the Security Studies program, contact the Director of Security Studies Dr. Andrew Long, aglong@k-state.edu, or the Director of the Institute for Military History Dr. David Graff,  dgraff@k-state.edu. Oversight of the program's admissions and academic policies is handled by the program's Faculty Committee.

Have You Heard:

Kate Kidder (Graduate, Krysko) has been named the 2015-2016 Bacevich fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Bruce Stanley (Ph.D Graduate) has just published "Outsourcing Security: Private Military Contractors and US Foreign Policy" with the University of Nebraska (7-1-15)

Rabia Akhtar (Ph.D Graduate) has been named the founding director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Policy Research at the University of Lahore / Pakistan., it is an autonomous policy research centre relating to contemporary security and strategic aspects. 

Sabri Ciftci (associate professor) was appointed Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies (6/30/15)

David R. Stone (Pickett professor of history), appeared on the podcast "New Books in History". Interesting stuff. 

Sam Bell (associate professor) was invited to speak at the workshop The Territorial Dimensions of Armed Conflict June 4-6 at the University of Tennessee

Sam Bell (associate professor), and Carla Martinez Machain (assistant professor) won the Frank J. Klingberg Award for the best paper presented by faculty members at the 2014 annual International Studies Association-Midwest Conference, Nov. 7-9, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri (6-5-15)"The Effect of U.S. Troop Deployments on Human Rights,"

Sam Bell (assistant professor of Political Science) is had a rewarding Oz to Oz research trip. Moving K-State one step closer to our 2025 research goals. (5-12-15)

Jan Ken Gleiman (Graduate, Dr Kisangani) has an article soon to come out in the inaugural volume of Special Operations Journal on "The American counterculture of war: Supporting foreign insurgents and the American discourse of war." The article originated with work for Prof. Mrozek and Prof. Krysko. (4-23-15)

Rabia Akhtar published a piece on the Iranian nuclear deal: Let It Spin: The Iranian Nuclear Deal and Its Implications for U.S. Non-proliferation Policy (4-6-15)

Political Science graduate program ranked number one in the nation for its faculty support and career support. (3-27-15)

David Stone (director of the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies) received university recognition (3-2-15) for his publication of "The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917."

Take Note:

Kansas State University

is the best place in Kansas to get the most bang for your education bucks! According to a new study by SmartAsset, a financial data and technology company. (4-8-15) 

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New safety app for smartphones LiveSafe
Escort across campus Wildcat Walk
Over 50 emergency/information phone boxes Locations
Safe ride home for students and guests SafeRide

Kansas State University featured in Princeton Review's best colleges national rankings

The Princeton Review ranks Kansas State University No. 4 for happiest students, No. 5 for students love these colleges, No. 5 for best-run colleges and No. 6 for best quality of life in the 2016 edition of "The Best 380 Colleges." (8/5/15)

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 In 2013 K-State was number 18 out of the 20 best Campuses. In 2014 we moved up to number 9 in the ranking. Manhattan was recently (2015) ranked as the No. 1 college town in the nation, according to Livability.com. We are proud to call this home.

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