#ElliottProud: Jarek Buss

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Jarek Buss is a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State, currently serving in Guangzhou, China. He completed a bachelors in political science from Brigham Young University – Hawaii and a masters in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School at George Washington University. As a Wolcott Fellow and a Pickering Fellow, he completed internships with the Department of State in Chengdu, China and in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Department, he lived and worked in France, China, and Thailand.

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#ElliottProud: Dan Trapp

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Daniel Trapp is a Strategic Advisor for Enbridge, Inc., in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he helps form the company’s corporate strategy, pursues major business development initiatives and advises senior executives on global energy markets. Daniel holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School, an M.B.A. in finance from Rice University in Houston, Texas and a B.A. in German and International Economics from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and North America; and traveled to more than 40 countries.

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#IncomingElliott: Henry Knecht

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Henry Knecht is starting his Masters in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School in the Fall 2019 semester. Henry is coming back from his Peace Corps service, which he began in February 2016. He worked as a Health Extension Volunteer in a small village in Senegal for 27 Months. There he became fluent in the local language, Sereer, and worked to promote health in malaria prevention, nutrition, maternal and child health, and water and sanitation hygiene. He then continued his service by moving to the Peace Corps Liberia post where he worked as the Malaria Coordinator for one year as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. Henry hopes to continue work in the West Africa region, promoting peace and security.

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#WeAreElliott: Matthew Schaffer

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Matthew Schaffer is a first-year master’s candidate at the Elliott School studying Security Policy Studies, with a concentration in Transnational Security. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Foreign Policy at Gonzaga University, including a term at American University in DC with the Washington Semester Program and a term at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Additionally, he was selected by Gonzaga to represent the University for the 58th Air Force Academy National Security Assembly in 2017. Previously, Matthew interned on Capitol Hill with the House Republican Conference, tutored Arabic speaking international students, and taught US national security to high schoolers from all over the country. He currently interns at Counterpart International as a program assistant. After finishing his education, he is aiming to join the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer and eventually join one of the intelligence agencies later on.

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#WeAreElliott: Wardah Amir

Blog_ #WAE AmirWardah Amir is currently pursuing an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School with a concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction. She is a Young Ambassador with the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and is Co-chair of the WCAPS CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) Working Group. She is a Project Associate with the Chemical Security team at CRDF Global. After performing an internship with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Wardah became extremely interested in Weapons of Mass Destruction policy. She has also performed internships with several think tanks including Chatham House, Hudson Institute, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Wardah holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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Application Tips: M.A. Security Policy Studies

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The M.A. in Security Policy Studies (SPS) is a policy-oriented master’s degree program focusing on international security issues, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century security challenges and how to respond to them. These include intensifying transnational challenges stemming from organized terrorist and criminal networks, human security problems stemming from fragile states, instability from technological developments including weapons proliferation and cyber threats, as well as climate change and health pandemics. Familiar challenges like major power rivalry and regional conflicts also require fresh strategic thinking to remain ahead of changing threat curves. The SPS curriculum provides a strong grounding in the national security policy-making process, and our graduates build specialized knowledge that gives them an advantage in career development.

M.A. Security Policy Studies Curriculum

Our curriculum provides a strong grounding in the national security and defense policy-making process as well as international security institutions. Students select one of four specialized concentrations — US national security, transnational security, conflict resolution, and science & technology. They also choose a cluster of electives that can emphasize complementary areas of expertise, including in particular regional security dynamics or specialized themes.

After enrolling, students are required to choose a concentration. Students may elect to add on a second concentration or choose to take elective credits instead of adding on a second concentration. The concentrations are as follows:

United States National Security
Transnational Security
Conflict Resolution
Science and Technology

M.A. Security Policy Studies Application: Fall 2019

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • Name of the applicant,
  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052

#ElliottProud: Briana Suarez

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Briana Suarez graduated from the Elliott School with a degree in Security Policy Studies in 2018, concentrating on Conflict Resolution and Intelligence. Building on her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the State University of New York, New Paltz, the SPS program allowed her to combine her interests in humanitarian aid and war studies, bridging her understanding of both and their relevance during warfare. Briana worked at GW in different departments and previously interned with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) prior to her graduate studies.

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