Security Through Information Analysis

The Master in Security Studies and  Information Analysis is an interdisciplinary, but specialized program, reaching out to practice, over theory. It analyzes and addresses current and emerging security and Intelligence challenges and opportunities.

The program prepares students, for a professional orientation in the Intelligence specialization and even more so in information analysis framework.

The program’s curriculum standards are framed according to the Qualification Framework of Emirates level 9 and the CAA international accredited standards, as well as the International Association For Intelligence Education IAFIE, The program has been accredited by the Ministry of Education (UAE).

Perspective students are provided with specialized knowledge spectrum in elements of Intelligence and information analysis regionally and globally. Students are keen in joining a framework of education that goes hand in hand with the security resilience policy of the UAE vision 2030, to meet the national and international educational standards; to offer knowledge capacity building and continuity through the world of security and global affairs.

The Master program, is designed for early and mid-career professionals; academically qualified graduates with B.A. or other higher degrees in the following fields but not limited to : International Relations, Political Science, International Studies, Security and Strategic Studies, Law, Humanities, Crisis Management, Criminology or a closely related or inter-related fields such as Communication, and Business, with specialization to security, strategy and international affairs, among others.

For consideration of application for the MA program, students should meet all requirements of admission. All degrees should be in compliance with the Ministry of Higher Education and graduates applying should reflect recognized and accredited Universities by the UAE. International Degrees, should be attested first before applying.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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ACCREDITATION

The American University in the Emirates is Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research | caa.ae

FEE STRUCTURE

  • Tuition (one semester)

    Approx. 40,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One time)

    3,500 AED

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CORE COURSES

7 COURSES | 21 CREDIT HOURS

This course examines the history, principles, functions and methods used in collecting intelligence information. The main emphasis in this course is placed on the collection, analysis, interpretation and the use of intelligence.
This course also recognizes and explores the evolving intersection between intelligence and national security. Students will use this course to build on the concepts presented to advance their understanding of and ability to conduct research within the field of study.

This course will examine the recent developments and changes in intelligence systems and assesses the different ways in which persistent and emerging issues in the field are discussed and implemented in achieving policy objectives of the Nation-States.
This course also recognizes and explores the evolving intersection between intelligence and national security.

This course examines the intelligence gathering process of both foreign and domestic states, with an emphasis upon analytic procedures for protection and prevention against terrorism, terrorist groups, transnational crime, organized crime, and other threats to personal and public safety. In this regard, the course will review the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and non-traditional methods of intelligence gathering.

This course is the base for the program. It introduces the fundamentals of the specialization of intelligence and security. It builds upon MASI 600 and MASI 601 and refines the understanding of the subject matter. The course prepares students for subsequent core and elective courses, including thesis. It establishes parameters of the discipline of security and intelligence. The course presents the main issues related to national and international security with conventional and unconventional threats to security and intelligence. It explores the central and critical significance of intelligence and counter intelligence among others. The course distinguishes emerging trends of security threats such as environmental security, cyber warfare, food security, energy security and human and drug trafficking and economic security issues.

The course introduces and examines origins of conflict, wars and contemporary threats to national and international security and intelligence. It builds upon the completion of MASI 602 and MASI 603. The course prepares students for subsequent core and elective courses, including thesis. Classical forms of threats to security are explained, described an analyzed. Topics among others, include causes of war and conflict, the value of security, between nations and contemporary threats to national and international security from the Cold War onwards. The course uses historical lessons learned, to explore and analyze issues of contemporary national, international security. Root causes, elements and cases of symmetrical and asymmetrical threats of security will be explored, explained and analyzed.

The course examines research methods skills in addressing security and intelligence issues and analyses. It builds upon the completion of MASI 602 and MASI 603. The course prepares students for remaining core and elective courses, including thesis. The course focuses on methodological and structural procedures for conducting a qualitative and quantitative case study, reflecting in security and intelligence studies. Students become well versed in research planning, secondary data collection, and qualitative data analysis methods and how these methods relate to the larger field of social science research. This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced security and intelligence methods.

The course examines and analyzes homeland security in the framework of international security and intelligence. It builds upon the completion of MASI 602, MASI 603 and MASI 604. The course prepares students for subsequent elective courses, including thesis. The course research method skills in addressing security and intelligence issues and analyses examines and analyses homeland security in the framework of security and intelligence. It defines, assesses and evaluates past, current and prospective methods for securitizing the homeland for the future. It explores policy necessity, orientation, administration, coordination, strategic management organization skills but also intelligence data collection, analysis and processing in the framework of the program of security and intelligence.

ELECTIVE COURSES

4 ELECTIVE COURSES | 12 CREDIT HOURS

Students are free to select 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following courses

The course examines and interprets intelligence and strategic intelligence. It builds upon the completion of MASI 600, MASI 601, MASI 602, MASI 603. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis. The course explores the role of internal security organizations within a GCC and MENA perspective as a function of and component of the intelligence and national security apparatus. In this regard the main concepts and theories will be explained; such as the content of intelligence and the threats revealed in the information. Naturally, the most important aspects will be the assessment, evaluation, interpretation and extrapolation of the information gathered from different sources. In particular, the course focuses on strategic Intelligence related to the concept of tactical intelligence.

The course examines the information revolution and cyber-warfare, in relation to issues of Security and Intelligence. It builds upon the completion of MASI 600, MASI 601, MASI 602, MASI 603. Along with other elective courses, it will lead to development of a thesis. The course, examines, analyzes and assesses the creation of cyber-space, 21st Century Information Revolution and the threat of Cyber-Warfare in the framework of security and intelligence.

The course analyzes, examines, and assesses internal security strategies employed by the GCC and MENA countries. It builds upon the completion of MASI 603 and MASI 604. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis. The course provides a robust examination, analysis and solution development through effective security and intelligence led strategies, to counter and prevent threats and counter challenges. The course also utilizes comparative analysis of the strategies utilized by other countries outside of the MENA region to find examples appropriate to adoption.

The course examines, analyzes, conceptualizes, develops and reflects on the fundamental principles and policies of critical infrastructure protection (CIP) in security and intelligence. It builds upon the completion of MASI 600, MASI 601, MASI 602, MASI 603. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis. The course focuses on specialized cases; assessment and evaluation of GCC CIP associated with the Intelligence and Security entities; and examines measures and policies in the field of security and intelligence through utilization of an interdisciplinary approach to subjects of regional, national and international concern to the importance of CIP to the citizen and for national resilience.

The course examines irregular warfare strategy and evaluates operational responses, from the perspective of security and intelligence. . It builds upon the completion of MASI 600, MASI 601, MASI 602, MASI 603. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis. The course grasps on the challenges of operational deployment and response to counter insurgency and terrorism.

This course examines the dynamics of terrorism and counter-terrorism in the specialization of security and intelligence. It builds upon the completion of MASI 600, MASI 601, MASI 602, MASI 603. The course analyzes, examines and evaluates from the historical and strategic development of terrorism to current and future methods of countering extremism and terror groups. For those students studying terrorism and counterterrorism as components of their thesis, this course provides a foundation for conducting thesis level research. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis.

The importance of Environmental Security in the GCC and the relation it holds to the field of security and intelligence are important concepts for long term strategic planning. Therefore, this course builds upon the foundation provided by MASI 603, MASI 604. This course examines demographic changes, climate change, and scarcity of resources, among others, are examined as elements of concern for strategic planners. This course is multidisciplinary. It examines and analyzes environmental factors from the perspective of security and intelligence agencies. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis.

The course examines current issues in security and intelligence. Thus, building on the foundation established by core courses in the program, it will vary and fluctuate with the altering landscape of our changing world. This course it equips students with critical assessment skills, applied to contemporary issues in security and intelligence. How they are formulated and executed as strategically and tactically. It provides a panoramic view of nation-states interactions. The course assesses the important variables that play a part in contemporary global security and intelligence. The research and presentations performed as component assessments within this course contribute to student preparation for the thesis process. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis.

This course explores, analyzes, and examines elements of leadership in security and intelligence agencies. It evaluates and reflects on strategic leadership and strategic management. It builds upon the core courses, in particular MASI 603. Upon completion of the current course, with all required elective courses, it will lead to the thesis. This course concentrates on options and choices but also opportunities. How are decisions taken considering that some security and intelligence decisions about international affairs need to meet the national interests and continue to balance alliances. This course offers those students looking at administrative organizations as a part or focus of their thesis with the necessary grounding to move into the thesis process.

THESIS

3 CREDIT HOURS

The Thesis is an individual research study in the field of security and intelligence. It builds upon the completion of successful courses of 30 credit hours. The Thesis is a mandatory component of the degree. The field of Intelligence and Security requires research innovation; therefore, the use of qualitative, quantitative, and comparative research approaches is expected to be applied to a topic of the student’s choice. A clear identification of lessons learned and recommendations will be incorporated into every thesis. The thesis must be original. It should contribute to the discipline areas of intelligence and security. The topic of the Thesis will be set with the assistance of an academic supervisor that will be assigned based on his/her specialization as it relates to the student’s proposed topic of study. The Thesis will require verbal public defense as part of the assessment and part of the fulfillment of the class.
All students should refer to the CSGS Thesis Guide for reference and the Office of the Research and Advancement Publications (ORA) as leading Manuals.

THESIS TRACK

The Master of Security Studies and Information Analysis, includes a specialized based research Thesis.

THESIS SPECIALIZATION

Among others:
Intelligence Analysis
Informational Analysis Security
Operations & Warfare
Preventive and Pre-Emptive Operations
Crisis Management & Operations

Cyber-Security & War
Application of Sustainable Development in the level of security and information analysis
Future Security Challenges

JOINING THE PROGRAM

Students can join anytime during the year and at the beginning of any block.

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