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Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in National Security Studies:

  • Study a foreign language.
  • Take business management classes or leadership classes.

 

Strategies

Think of the following industries:

  • Local and Federal Government
    • International Relations
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Dept of Defense
    • Dept of Homeland Security
    • National Security Agency
    • Secret Service
  • Policy
  • Intelligence Analysis Firms
  • Private Companies
  • Technology Companies
  • Defense Contractors
  • Foreign Language Interpreters
  • United Nations
  • Military
  • Police (NYPD and other agencies have counterterrorism and homeland security departments)
  • Apply early, back ground checks can take up to 8 months to complete, and the interview process can take months depending on the position.
  • Strive for your dream job, but realize that the chances of starting off in a federal position are very slim, most federal positions require 3 years of full time employment before being able to apply.
  • Starting off in a federal agency, even as a secretary can give you a foot in the door for other positions, it is easier to laterally transfer over.
  • Military and other law enforcement experience can help when applying to a federal position.

  • Include skills that you have used in pervious jobs.
  • Include the job announcement number, job title and job grade
  • If your country of citizenship is different than the US then that should be stated.
  • Include any special hiring authorities (veteran, Peace Core, Persons with Disabilities Schedule A)
  • Include starting and ending work grades for any federal jobs.
  • Include any job related training courses.
  • Specify if you have a security clearance.
  • If a project was classified, use unclassified descriptions. If you can’t use unclassified descriptions then state it as classified and do not give any descriptions.
  • Most federal job may ask for 10 years of employment history, so do not freak out if your resume goes over a page, 2 pages or even 3 pages. You don’t want to leave any of the information out.

Be prepared to go through numerous rounds of interviewing, including a polygraph examination. Do not lie when answering any question.

Expect to be asked questions about you childhood, family, education, etc such as:

  • How well do you get along with your mother?
  • Describe your relationship with your father.
  • Describe your parent’s relationship with each other.
  • Have you ever had psychological counseling? (when/how long, etc.)
  • Have any relatives ever had psychological counseling?
  • Have you ever attempted suicide?
  • Have you ever had a substance abuse problem?
  • Do you drink? If so, how many drinks per week? per day?
  • When was the first time you drank alcohol?
  • Have you ever had disciplinary issues at school/military?
  • Do you have any relatives that were in trouble with police/authorities?
  • Have you ever committed computer abuse?
  • Have you ever been the victim of a violent crime?
  • Have you ever clucked like a chicken? If so, did you scratch backward or frontward?
  • Men should ____
  • Women should ____
  • I get angry when/because ____
  • Chickens should ___
  • Expect to have to fill out numerous, lengthy questionnaires to test your psyche (Notice the “cluck like a chicken” question above)
  • Expect to take a true/false questionnaire to test your psyche as well as your ability to pay attention and fully read each question/statement.
    • I would like the job of a forest ranger
    • I hear voices in my head
    • I read the crime reports in the newspaper
    • I have a mortal fear of earthquakes
    • I have neck/hand pain
    • I usually know what’s going on

Career Resources for National Security Majors:

National Security Degree Types:

National Security MS

Public Administration MPA

Emergency Management MS

Homeland Security MS

Security Studies MS

Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy MS

Intelligence Studies MS

National Security Management MS

Homeland and National Security Law LL.M.

International Security Studies PhD

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree: 
    • Intelligence Analyst
    • Cyber Security Specialist
    • Policy Consultant/Advisor
    • Emergency Preparedness and Safety Specialist
    • Military Analyst
    • Government Analyst
    • Special Security Officer
    • Special Agent
    • All Source Analyst
    • Public Policy Regulator
    • Administrative Analyst
  • PhD:
    •  Professor
    • Security Researcher
    • Intelligence Researcher
    • Security/Emergency Management Director

Career Resources for MS National Security:

Salary and job outlook information

Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Emergency Management Directors $64,360 +6% (average)
Information Security Analysts $88,890 +18% (faster than average)
Political Scientists $104,920 -2%
Police and Detectives $58,630 +4% (slower than average)

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  • Include the job announcement number, job title and job grade
  • If your country of citizenship is different than the US then that should be stated.
  • Include any special hiring authorities (veteran, Peace Core, Persons with Disabilities Schedule A)
  • Include starting and ending work grades for any federal jobs.
  • Include any job related training courses.
  • Specify if you have a security clearance.
  • If a project was classified, use unclassified descriptions. If you can’t use unclassified descriptions then state it as classified and do not give any descriptions.
  • Most federal job may ask for 10 years of employment history, so do not freak out if your resume goes over a page, 2 pages or even 3 pages. You don’t want to leave any of the information out.
  • Include details on your master’s thesis or any research you have completed.

  • Be prepared to go through numerous rounds of interviewing, including a polygraph examination. Do not lie when answering any question.
  • Expect to be asked questions about you childhood, family, education, etc such as:
    • How well do you get along with your mother?
    • Describe your relationship with your father.
    • Describe your parent’s relationship with each other.
    • Have you ever had psychological counseling? (when/how long, etc.)
    • Have any relatives ever had psychological counseling?
    • Have you ever attempted suicide?
    • Have you ever had a substance abuse problem?
    • Do you drink? If so, how many drinks per week? per day?
    • When was the first time you drank alcohol?
    • Have you ever had disciplinary issues at school/military?
    • Do you have any relatives that were in trouble with police/authorities?
    • Have you ever committed computer abuse?
    • Have you ever been the victim of a violent crime?
    • Have you ever clucked like a chicken? If so, did you scratch backward or frontward?
    • Men should ____
    • Women should ____
    • I get angry when/because ____
    • Chickens should ___
  • Expect to have to fill out numerous, lengthy questionnaires to test your psyche (Notice the “cluck like a chicken” question above)
    • Expect to take a true/false questionnaire to test your psyche as well as your ability to pay attention and fully read each question/statement.
    • I would like the job of a forest ranger
    • I hear voices in my head
    • I read the crime reports in the newspaper
    • I have a mortal fear of earthquakes
    • I have neck/hand pain
    • I usually know what’s going on (with my circle of friends)
    • People are out to get me
    • I would like the job of a librarian/florist
    • I often feel that I can’t get out of bed
    • If someone has their possessions stolen from their unlocked car they had it coming
    • I like/enjoy children
    • “Animal-relationship”-type questions (e.g., “I enjoy animals”, “I don’t enjoy animals”, “I like hurting animals”, “It bothers me when I hear about animals getting hurt” etc.)
    • I am totally insane and like to stand on tables and cluck like a chicken
    • Know that background investigations will involve questioning of neighbors, teachers, friends, coaches, etc.
    • What is the most serious conflict you have faced?
    • How do you keep focused during long shifts?
    • What surveillance systems are you familiar with?
    • Why is security important to you?
    • What security systems do you have the most experience with?
    • What motivates you to protect _____?
    • How have you responded to serious situations in the past?
    • How do you feel about:
      • Working overtime?
      • Working on a particular work schedule?
      • Travel?
    • Describe what you would classify as a crisis.
    • What do you think about Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)?

  • Apply early, back ground checks can take up to 8 months to complete, and the interview process can take months depending on the position.
  • Starting off in a federal agency, even as a secretary can give you a foot in the door for other positions, it is easier to laterally transfer over.
  • Military and other law enforcement experience can help when applying to a federal position.
  • Network with professors to learn about potential internship and job opportunities.
  • Tailor your research to what you would like to focus on/work on when graduating.
  • Think about becoming certified in Protection or something else. A full list of security certifications are listed here

 

Related Groups:

Cyber Crime & Terrorism – Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism Security Issues Surrounding Virtual Integrity

Cyber Security in Real-Time Systems

The Institute of World Politics

The Intelligence Community

Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

Legal and Policy Issues in Homeland & National Security

Microsoft Public Safety & National Security

National Information Security Group

National Security Agency – NSA

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