Security and Strategic Efficiency in a Globalized World

The Master of Arts (MA) in Security and Strategic Studies offered at the American University in the Emirates (AUE) is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that combines both theory and practice. It identifies, analyzes and addresses current and emerging security challenges and threats. The program prepares students through educational and research led courses for national and international positions.

The program’s curriculum standards are framed according to the QF of Emirates level 9 and the CAA standards. Graduate students are provided with a broad but also specialized knowledge in regional and global, security and strategic affairs. Students with interdisciplinary approach and knowledge but also working related experiences are welcome to apply.

The MA in Security and Strategic Studies, is designed for professionals and academically qualified graduates with B.A. or other higher degrees from the field of International Relations, Political Science, International Studies, Security and Strategic Studies, Law, Humanities or a closely related or inter-related fields such as communication, and business with specialization to security, strategy and international affairs.

For consideration of application for the MA program, students should complete all requirements. As projected in the website. All degrees should be from accredited universities in the UAE and international degrees should be attested first before applying.


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


  • Tuition (one semester)

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

    3,500 AED

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This course introduces the students to the realm of security and strategic studies. This course adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, to examine in depth the concepts of strategy and security and, in addition, determine the current and prospective challenges in security, strategy and intelligence. This course intends to unite theory with practice and, therefore, apply the concepts of security and strategy (e.g. the interplay between state and non-state actors or the new face of transnational terrorism); increase the practical awareness of the students about the diverse strategies available to achieve any policy objectives with regards to security and strategy.

This course focuses on the conception, development and execution of the crisis communications programs for businesses and organizations – including, inter alia, public relations techniques for communication with stakeholders amidst a crisis.

This course intends to acquaint the students with the concept of homeland security and the issues with regards to this concept: the actors, institutions and processes involved in homeland security, the man-made and natural threats to homeland security and, last but not least, the scholarly and policy debates about homeland security (i.e. the legal framework, the practical challenges such as the use of finite manpower and financial resources and the political processes and cultures in each case).

Research in security and strategic studies is an essential component of the process to understand the diversity and complexity of this scientific discipline since research, in effect, amounts to an exacting investigation that intends to obtain the information required to interpret today’s world. Since several ways to conduct research exist, this course intends to assist the students in opting for the correct research techniques (either quantitative or qualitative or even mixed) in their quest for unbiased knowledge in the area of security and strategic studies.



Students are free to select two courses (6 credits hours) from the following courses.

This course provides valuable insights into the security and politics of the Middle East – one of the most volatile regions in the world. This course examines in depth various key themes (such as democratization, radicalization, economic instability, nationalism, pan-Arabism, ethnic conflict and political Islam) and analyzes in a critical way the current crises and conflicts in the Middle East.

This course examines the intricate relationship between diplomacy and the use of force in a critical and practical way. In particular, this course will demonstrate (through lectures and specialised assignments) that diplomacy is an integral element of strategy in both war and peace and, in addition, examine how diplomacy can end a war / crisis or even avert one. In other words, this course aspires to offer the students both the knowledge about the interplay of diplomacy and military force and the practical tools to interpret, assess and implement in policy-making the various processes for the resolution of crises and conflicts through diplomacy.

This course is designed to introduce the students to the diverse and complex world order of the 21st century. Therefore, this course intends to determine the utility of foreign policy in security or strategic affairs and, in particular, evaluate the utility of the two instruments of foreign policy (negotiation and mitigation) for security or strategic issues. Similarly, the course interprets the objectives and prospects of contemporary foreign policy and examines the causes of war and peace, the security threats and challenges and the various manifestations of foreign policy (from military alliances to external armed interventions).

This course aspires to examine international law in an interdisciplinary method when examined and analyzed from the specialization field of security and strategic studies. This course intends analysis in multidisciplinary framework security and strategic issues when influenced by various parameters of international law (e.g. the issue of humanitarian intervention) and vise versa. This course intends to demonstrate the processes of international negotiation, mediation and co-operation when diffusing international security crises and conflicts in today’s international environment.

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 represents a unique opportunity for students to apply in practice the information and skills obtained during the course of this program of studies on security and strategy. After the completion of the program’s taught courses, the students are required to undertake the internship to complete the program’s practical aspect. By serving as interns in organizations and/or institutions (specially selected on their ability to provide specialized training in the field of security and strategic studies), the students will develop or enhance their professional skills in the real security and/or strategic world.



The thesis amounts to a research-based demonstration of a student’s mastery in a specialized topic within the field of Security and Strategic Studies (at level 9 of the National Qualifications Framework of the UAE) and should meet the required CLOs of the course but also meet the requirements of the Program (PLOs).

The thesis should offer original scientific work (through quantitative and qualitative research) and methodology. Apply theory with practice in the field of Security and Strategic studies through an inter-disciplinary and critical thinking way. The thesis abides by the policy procedures of the ORA Thesis Manual of the AUE.

The Thesis is individually supervised by faculty. The topics are based on the research interests of the student, the faculty and the specialization of the faculty.



Course A | Fri | 9:00 am –12:00 pm
Course B | Fri | 2:00 pm –5:00 pm

If one course is registered, one timing would be selected


Course A | Sat | 9:00 am –12:00 pm
Course B | Sat | 1:00 pm –4:00 pm

If one course is registered, one timing would be selected


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







MSSS Course Schedule

Academic Year 2017 / 2018

Fall 2017 - 2018

Course Code Course Name Friday Saturday
MSS 600 International Security and Strategic Studies 2:00 PM - 5:00PM 1:00PM - 4:00 PM
MSS 601 Crisis Management Communication 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MSS 620 Internship
MSS 630 Thesis
Course Code Course Name Friday Saturday
MSS 608 International Law and Security 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MSS 609 Intelligence and Security 2:00 PM to 5:00PM 1:00PM to 4:00 PM
MSS 620 Internship
MSS 630 MSS Thesis

Spring 2017 - 2018

Course Code Course Name Friday Saturday
MSS 602 Homeland Security 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MSS 603 Research in Security and Strategic Studies 2:00 PM to 5:00PM 1:00PM to 4:00 PM
MSS 620 Internship
MSS 630 MSS Thesis
Course Code Course Name Friday Saturday
MSS 605 Special Topics in the Middle East 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MSS 606 Diplomacy and Military Forces 2:00 PM to 5:00PM 1:00PM to 4:00 PM
MSS 620 Internship    
MSS 630 MSS Thesis    

Summer 2017 - 2018

Course Code Course Name Friday Saturday
MSS 600 MSS 600 Security and Strategic Studies 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MSS 601 MSS 601 Crisis Management Communication 2:00 PM to 5:00PM 1:00PM to 4:00 PM
MSS 620 Internship    
MSS 630 MSS Thesis    


The Masters Program of Security and Strategic Studies, includes a specialized based research Thesis.


Among others:
Environmental Security
Traditional and Non-Traditional Warfare
Preventive and Pre-Emptive Operations
Security and Safety
Strategic Management of Security

Food Scarcity
Smart Cities and Cyber-Security
Symmetrical & Assymetrical War
Peace and Negotiations
Space Security
Future Challenges