The MA program in National Security Studies is designed for students and professionals who are seriously interested in the field of national security in the broadest sense of the term. Students will examine the complex interrelationship between the social, political, diplomatic, economic and military dimensions of national security to create a comprehensive picture of the state of the nation.
This program aims to prepare graduates, policymakers, officials and other professionals to deal effectively with critical national decisions.
Facing a long-standing challenge at the center of a mostly hostile regional environment, Israel has accumulated the experience and has developed a comprehensive approach to national security, combining academic theory and real-world constraints.
Graduates of this prestigious program can expect to develop careers in governmental, security and private organizations, which are interested in enhancing their ability to deal with strategic affairs, challenges, and opportunities.
At the completion of the program, students will receive an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in National Security Studies.
The Academic Program
The program is designed to combine theoretical discussion and actual Israeli experiences. The program consists of seminars and courses, taught by leading academics in their specialty, as well as discussions with practitioners from the fields of intelligence, military, economics, and policy.
The course curriculum has been developed by the University of Haifa faculty in cooperation with Israel's National Security College, the highest course of study in the Israel Defense Forces. The National Security College is an established institution that has been successfully teaching graduate studies in national security to the military, intelligence, and government personnel from Europe, America, and Asia. Graduates have gone on to serve in senior positions in their armed forces and diplomatic services. Additionally, the program will interface with the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, where selected students can participate in the Center's advanced research.
Coursework: All courses are required and include courses in sociology, political sciences, history, economics, law, ethics, and communications. All students will be required, in addition to the coursework, to do a final assignment, which is either a major research paper or an integrative final examination.
Practicum: Students will be required to participate in a short practicum to be exposed to the work of organizations engaged in national security-related matters.
Academic Study Tours: Students will have the opportunity to tour areas of special national security significance and to meet with high-ranking officials – past and present - involved in the political, intelligence and military establishment on site (where authorized).
Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in political science, the social sciences or history with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent.
Candidates, who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission. For detailed information about all admission requirements including prerequisites, please contact the Admissions Office.
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