Security is the insurance policy of the nation. It is a responsibility that we all must share. The M.A. in International and Civil Security program at Khalifa University will prepare you to be a leader in this field.
The 21st century combines the promise of great progress with the resurgence of old dangers and the emergence of new ones. Those dangers include terrorism, warfare, weapons of mass destruction, and natural disasters. Some of these dangers are rooted in technology, others in society, and still others in nature itself. Attaining the strategic vision of the UAE will require deep understanding of those threats, and the knowledge and skills to address them.
This unique Master’s Program is being offered by Khalifa University’s Institute of International and Civil Security. The Institutes’ mission is to become a leading academic center for supporting research, teaching and policy analysis in the field of security studies. In addition to what takes places inside the classroom, the institute hosts speakers, workshops, events, and works with other institutions- within government, academia, and the private sector – to advance security research, education, training, and policy-making.
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and are professionals working on their graduate qualification part-time in order to specialize in civil and regional security fields. They work at a range of government agencies, including the police force, military, and government ministries.
To provide current and future security professionals with sophisticated knowledge of the U.A.E., regional and global security environment.
To provide current and future security professionals with the skills to produce, analyze and apply security-related research.
To apply higher education and research towards enhancing U.A.E., regional, and international security.
The MA in International and Civil Security is equivalent to 36 credit-hours. The program consists of two main components:
Taught Courses Component
The core coursework is a common curriculum for all students that covers the basic dimensions of both civil security and the broader security context in which civil security planning and policy must occur. It consists of four courses which focus on the major aspects of security including threats and hazards, terrorism, intelligence, and governance. Each core course is three credits, for a total of 12 credits.
Upon completion of the core coursework, students must take an additional four courses also worth three credits each. Two of these courses must be electives and the other two may be in one of two tracks: Civil Security or Regional Security.
The Civil Security Track focuses on preparing current and aspiring civil security professionals.
The Regional Security Track focuses on preparing current and aspiring policy analysts and senior civilian and military officials.
Master’s Thesis Component
The Master’s Thesis Workshop (IICS 698) is a three credit course taken after the completion of eighteen credits, including the four core courses. IICS 698 is a pre-requisite for IICS 699: Master’s Thesis. This workshop is designed to help M.A. students develop a well-crafted Master’s Thesis, sustaining their research and writing agenda throughout the process, and learning about the academic profession as a whole. The Thesis Workshop is intended to be an in depth look at how the students’ particular theses will be developed as well as an overall writing and support group – keeping students in touch and on track while they are writing up their thesis. As such, it is relatively informal. There will be a short presentation at the beginning of each session by the instructor, but the bulk of the class will consist of students sharing their theses, their problems, and their successes for structured and constructive criticism. The Thesis Workshop is a 3 credit course.
Students will then be required to write a Master Thesis which makes an original contribution to the field. The thesis will be based on original research, supported with evidence from relevant secondary sources. The Master Thesis is a 9 credit course.