- To provide educational opportunities to students at the graduate level through a carefully planned and implemented program of study.
- To provide students with instruction of both theoretical and practical aspects of security studies.
- To provide and maintain learning resources and environment conducive for graduate student’s learning, scholarly research, and quality teaching.
- To recruit, rethink and promote professional development of qualified faculty and students.
- To maintain periodic evolution to ensure that the program is operating within the international norms and standards.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the concepts and principles of Security and Strategy from various perspectives through inter-disciplinary, and critical approaches.
- Interpret the current complex challenges from various paradigms and trends in Security and Strategy through advanced research and communication skills.
- Examine the highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar environments in Security and Strategy and provide solutions for real world scenarios.
- Manage professional practices in multidimensional environment in the field of Security and Strategy in complex situations.
- Contribute the advancement of professional knowledge and practices in the field of Security and Strategy to produce original and advanced research abiding by culture and ethical framework.
Total Number of Courses
Total Number of Credit Hours
36 Credit Hours
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).
Students in this course will work with their thesis supervisor to develop a thesis proposal and begin their distinctive, applied research project. It is meant to stimulate students in acquiring and in-depth knowledge and insight in a specific subject of interest to the students which should contribute to the discipline areas of security and strategic studies. The primary goal is for the student to practice the mechanisms of transitioning from concept to active inquiry. Depending on the nature of the subject, the student will develop a study questions, conduct a literature review, develop a methodological approach, and begin preliminary research. Students are expected to apply qualitative, quantitative, and comparative research approaches to the chosen subject.
Recommended Study Plan
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Prof. Chahine A. Ghais
Professor / Dean
Prof. Dusko Tomic
Professor / Program Director - Security And Strategic Studies
Dr. Eldar Šaljić
Associate Professor / Program Director - Security Studies And Information Analysis
Dr. Nahla Hamdan
Assistant Professor / Program Director - Master of Arts and Diplomacy
Dr. Gerasimos Rodotheatos
Assistant Professor / Department Chair - BA In Security And Strategic Studies
Dr. David Meyer
Dr. Renny Castaneda
Dr. Kleanthis Kyriakidis
Dr. Shishir Upadhyaya
For graduate degree completion, graduate students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Earn a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
- Successfully complete all courses as described in the study plan.
- The Degree Completion requirements must be met within the timeframe of the program.
- Successfully complete the “Thesis” course.
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