The program is designed for students and professionals who are interested in the field of national security in the broadest sense of the term. Students will examine the complex interrelationship between the social, political, ethical, diplomatic, economic, and military dimensions of national security to create a comprehensive picture of the state of the nation.
The program aims to prepare graduates to deal effectively with critical national decisions. The program targets mid-career officials, policy makers, academics, and students from Israel and around the world, as well as retired and active members of defense establishments.
Facing a long-standing challenge at the center of a mostly hostile regional environment, even decades before its establishment, Israel has a great deal of experience dealing with national security issues, and has developed a comprehensive approach in this field, combining academic theory with real-world constraints.
We introduce students to real-time dilemmas and choices of Israeli decision makers as well as high-ranking officials, in addition to examples of national security dilemmas from other national and regional conflicts.
In addition to gaining insight about national security, graduates of this program can expect to develop careers in governmental, security, and private organizations, that are interested in enhancing their ability to deal with strategic affairs, challenges, and opportunities.
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 military, intelligence, and government personnel from Europe, America, and Asia.
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.
The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September.Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Political Science and a certificate of specialization in National Security Studies from the School of Political Sciences.
• Provide students with the methodological skills and competence required for the integration of a wide range of information and insights that make up the complex national security environment and eventually play a productive role in decision making processes in governmental and private sectors.
• Expose students to the unique role of Israel in the Middle East. Students can select from the Israeli experience, the misperceptions, mistakes, lessons, adjustments, and achievements, and apply them to what they believe to be relevant to their own country's environment.
Václav Misík, Czech republic - National Security- 2017-2018 Cohort:
"The program has an outstanding reputation… Haifa for me is an essence of Israel represented by one city"
"My favorite thing about Haifa, I think, is the diversity of the city."
Alicia Iguaran Gonzalez, Venezuela - International MA in National Security Studies- 2016-2017 Cohort:
"Choosing the program was the easiest part, the best professors and best curriculum you will definitely find it at the University of Haifa."
"The program is above my expectations and the University of Haifa makes sure you get everything you need as an international student. Plus, Israel is spectacular and easy to get to know. Studying abroad is an experience worth doing in your life."