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Course Details

Course Code: NSEC699 Course ID: 3496 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The Master’s Capstone in National Security Studies is the capstone course for graduate National Security Studies. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA. THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 08/22/21 Spring 2021 Session K 16 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 09/26/21 Spring 2021 Session C 16 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 10/24/21 Summer 2021 Session A 16 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 12/26/21 Summer 2021 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

The Master’s Capstone Seminar is a course in which students complete a major research project to demonstrate their mastery of the research process, analytical skills, and ability to produce a well-written and properly cited paper that contributes to the body of knowledge in their field of study. This 16-week course provides sufficient time and opportunity for students to apply their advanced research and analytic skills to a topic relevant to the Intelligence study program and of sufficient U.S. or international security interest.

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, the Master of Arts in National Security Studies assumes that students have mastered and applied the concepts of the Program objectives and will be able to:

  • Appraise classic and contemporary theories, strategies, doctrines, and procedures related to the causes, conduct, and termination of armed conflict and the maintenance of peace.
  • Assess and predict traditional and non-traditional threats to national and international security.
  • Compare the structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of national and international security community members.
  • Conduct advanced research and compose professional and academic analyses on issues critical to national and international security.

Students are expected to work with their instructor, following the guidance offered by the structure of the course and the instructor’s mentorship as students complete the requisite components of the research project. Students should not expect to submit a final product at the end of the course without having completed each stage of the research process as outlined in the assignments below.

Please note: The language in the evaluation procedures section is a compilation from the APUS End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies. Some passages are verbatim from the Manual. For clarity, these passages have not been specifically identified as quoted passages but are integrated into the syllabus. The student should read this syllabus in conjunction with the End of Program Assessment Manual.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 1 percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:59 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Proposed Research Question and Purpose Statement – 0 percent (this grade will be assigned with the final research question submission)

Final Research Question and Purpose Statement – 1 percent

Thesis Proposal – 1 percent

Literature Review—2 percent

Draft Capstone Thesis Project —5 percent

Final Capstone Thesis Project – 90 percent

Required Course Textbooks

There are no required textbooks for this course. All resources are delivered electronically and are available in the classroom.

It is highly recommended that students purchase Turabian, Kate. 2007. A Manual for Writers of Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.