MA in Security and Diplomacy

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

MA in Security and Diplomacy

Tel Aviv University

The one-year program provides advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study of strategy, diplomacy, decision-making and the shaping of security and foreign policy. The outlook of the program is global, with a special focus on Israel and the Middle East. At the practical level, the program prepares students for engagement in the international arena, defense bodies, international organizations (both governmental and NGOs) and international economic organizations.

Thesis track available.

About

Israel is at the focus of the world's attention in both security and diplomacy matters. It is also the center of enormous professional expertise in both these fields. Embodying that unique knowledge and skill, our program brings together internationally renowned scholars and leading practitioners in both security and diplomacy, offering students an exceptional learning experience in English. Educational tours and meetings with Israeli and foreign officials are incorporated into the curriculum. Students come from all over the world and are encouraged to undertake internships and other extra-curricular activities during their year stay in Israel.

The one-year program provides advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study of strategy, diplomacy, decision-making and the shaping of security and foreign policy. The outlook of the program is global, with a special focus on Israel and the Middle East. At the practical level, the program prepares students for engagement in the international arena, defense bodies, international organizations (both governmental and NGOs) and international economic organizations.

Program Features

  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Classroom theory is complemented with security field trips and extracurricular activities
  • Optional thesis
  • Interactions with high-ranking diplomats and decision-makers in a weekly ambassador forum

Career Success

Graduates become well-versed in the key issues in today’s fields of security, strategy and international policy formation. We prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities. Alumni and current students have secured jobs and internships at Israel’s preeminent think tanks, embassies, media and advocacy organizations, the United Nations, private security companies, and other public and private employers.

Curriculum

Credits

The program requires a total of 36 credit hours (12 courses, 3 credit hours each). The 9 core courses are compulsory; 3 seminars are elective. The course in research methods is compulsory for those who write a thesis and is elective for those who do not.

Introductory and Core Courses:

  • History of Modern Strategic Thought – Prof. Azar Gat
  • Issues in International Relations – Dr. Or Honig
  • Modern Diplomacy – Dr. Noam Kochavi
  • Political Economy in the Global Age – Dr. Tal Sadeh
  • International Law and the Middle East Conflict – Prof. Robbie Sabel
  • Israel's Strategic Doctrine – Prof. General (Ret.) Isaac Ben Israel
  • The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict – Dr. Uriya Shavit
  • Research Methods – Dr. Udi Sommer (mandatory for thesis track, elective for non-thesis track(
  • Workshop: Security Field Trips and Ambassador Forum – Brig. General (Ret.) Shalom Harari, Mr. Amos Harel, Dr. Alon Liel
  • Workshop: Middle East Crisis Simulation – Dr. Jeppe Plenge Trautner (mandatory for non-thesis track; voluntary for thesis track: participation only, with no obligations – recommended(
  • Academic Writing Workshop: two sessions – Dr. Udi Sommer
  • Final Exam – the exam is the culmination of the student’s coursework throughout the academic year. Questions in the exam will require the implementing of knowledge gained in all mandatory courses. Passing the exam is required for the awarding of the M.A. degree for students pursuing the non-thesis option. Students that write a thesis in the program are not required to take the final exam.

Seminars (Students choose 3 from the following list):

  • Cyber Warfare – Mr. Niv David
  • The Future of War – Prof. Martin van Creveld
  • The National Security Concepts of the Arab States and Iran – Dr. Ephraim Kam
  • Terror, Counter-Terrorism and Moral Dilemmas – Dr. Tamar Meisels
  • China's Foreign Policy and National Security – Dr. Yoram Evron
  • Jewish International Politics – Prof. Yossi Shain

Admissions

Our program is open to all students with a recognized bachelor’s degree in any field. Our ideal candidate has a passion for today’s key issues in the fields of security, strategy, and international policy formation.

Application Materials and Requirements

Applicants are asked to submit the following with their online application form (all documents must be in original and sent from their source):

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended
  • General GPA requirement of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or C on the ECTS scale. These are approximate and candidates with other strengths are also encouraged to apply.
  • If your transcripts are not written in English, you will need to acquire a translated copy which will need to be notarized for authenticity.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from academic and/or professional sources
  • Personal essay
  • A personal essay stating academic and career objectives: 300-500 words presenting the candidate's purpose and interest in pursuing the International Master in Security and Diplomacy.
  • Resume/CV
  • Your TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, if your native language is not English or your previous academic degree was not taught in English.
  • Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper based test; 230 on the computer based test; and 89 on the internet based test. The University's Code is 7704.
  • Minimum IELTS requirements: Overall Band Score of 7.0.
  • $100 USD application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.
  • One passport sized photo
  • A Health Declaration (to be filled out by the applicant) and a Medical Form (to be filled out by a licensed doctor). Both forms are not mandatory while an applicant's file is marked as 'Under Review,' but are highly suggested to be sent in as soon as possible.

Application Deadline

Still accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Costs and funding

Amounts below are given in US$.

Annual Tuition: $17,500

Scholarships and Funding

TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, and several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 26, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
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2 - 4 semesters
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17,500 USD
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Israel - Tel Aviv
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