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This fast-track option was designed for FAO military personnel, but is available to all students.

  • You can finish the MA program in eighteen months.
  • You can enter this program in the spring semester.
  • UNC-CH qualifies as a low-cost school.
  • You can defer admission to this program for up to one year.
  • The MA Program was designed with the help of the Army FAO Program Office.


  • UNC-CH is the only university with a curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, and courses from this curriculum are available to students of our MA program. PWAD also coordinates the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.
  • UNC-CH has ROTC units representing all branches of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force), guaranteeing a hospitable environment for the education of military personnel.
  • UNC-CH is the flagship institution of the sixteen-campus UNC system. In national rankings it is consistently listed among the best public universities, and is widely considered a “public ivy league school.”
  • UNC-CH was granted a prestigious National Security Education Program Institutional Award to launch the MA in Russian/East European Studies.

For further information about this option, please contact Adnan Džumhur, CSEEES Associate Director.