Master of arts in security and strategic studies
  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Classes

    Weekday Weekend

  • Fees

    Tuition (One Semester) ……… Approx. 40,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
    Admission (One Time) ……… 3,500 AED

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About Program

Become a leading expert in security and strategic studies with our Master of Arts in Security & Strategic Studies program. Explore the multidimensional world of security studies, including international security, intelligence analysis, conflict resolution and strategic planning, and develop the advanced analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to address complex security challenges. With this program, you will be very well-prepared for a career working in defense organizations, intelligence agencies, think tanks and academic institutions. Enroll now and become a catalyst for change, shaping security policies and ensuring global stability.

Program Goals

  1. To provide educational opportunities to students at the graduate level through a carefully planned and implemented program of study.
  2. To provide students with instruction of both theoretical and practical aspects of security studies.
  3. To provide and maintain learning resources and environment conducive for graduate student’s learning, scholarly research, and quality teaching.
  4. To recruit, rethink and promote professional development of qualified faculty and students.
  5. To maintain periodic evolution to ensure that the program is operating within the international norms and standards.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1.  Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the concepts and principles of Security and Strategy from various perspectives through inter-disciplinary, and critical approaches.
  2.  Interpret the current complex challenges from various paradigms and trends in Security and Strategy through advanced research and communication skills.
  3. Examine the highly complex, unpredictable and unfamiliar environments in Security and Strategy and provide solutions for real world scenarios.
  4. Manage professional practices in multidimensional environment in the field of Security and Strategy in complex situations.
  5. 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.

Program Structure

Course Category
Core Courses
Elective Courses
Thesis 1
Thesis 2
Total Number of Courses
Total Number of Credit Hours
36 Credit Hours
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).
This course enable students to comprehend and become critically aware of the specific scientific methods, concepts and theories in their field of studies. This course provides students with advance skills to design, conduct and publish research projects that address current challenges to international and national security, yet maintain standards of scientific inquiry. Upon completing the course students will be able to identify and implement proper ways to address and conduct research in the field of study and prepare them to publish the results of scientific inquiry in the form of MA level research project or article; prepare a comprehensive research project that bridges theoretical and academic perspectives.
The Sustainability, Growth and National Security course analyzes the interconnection among military and nonmilitary dimensions of national security, namely the interlinkage among policies and strategies aiming at sustainable growth and national security. Emphasis will be given on the sustainability dimension of economy and growth in relation to national security. Thus, the course will address issues including the need to diversify economy, especially in the case of the GCC states. In an era when many states face ballooning deficits, austerity measures, and increased financial globalization, understanding the relationship between sustainable growth and national security is more important than ever. The same is the case for countries whose economy is heavily dependent on oil, such as the case of the GCC states, whereby diversification of the economy and sustainable growth is indispensably related to national security and national interest. Related strategies and policy initiatives and measures in the GCC countries and UAE , will be evaluated and possible contributions will be considered.
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 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 specialized assignments) that diplomacy is an integral element of strategy in both war and peace and, inaddition, 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 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.
The course will appraise Critical infrastructures as a constituent of national security and a component of international security. Also, the course addresses issues including normative order of critical infrastructure and its protection, creating priority inventories of critical infrastructure vulnerability, resistance and redundancy as well as evaluation of scenarios and threat analysis with uncertain impact on reaching the goals of critical infrastructure.
The aim of the course is to provide students with comprehensive, highly specialized knowledge about Terrorism and Organized Crime as both an asymmetrical form of War and a strategy used in different social and political movements ever since. Students will become critically aware of new knowledge and procedures in organized crime and its connection with terrorism. They will acquire comprehensive understanding of the basic forms of modern organized crime and will formulate judgments about its security dimension.
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.

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.

In this course, students will continue developing their thesis project, revising techniques (if required), addressing challenges, analysing findings, and eventually articulating the complete experience. Students will build on work from the previous semester and put all of the pieces together to complete the final thesis project, following the required research process and procedures. Students will be required to provide a verbal defense as part of the assessment and fulfilment of the course.

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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

Associate Professor

Dr. Renny Castaneda

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kleanthis Kyriakidis

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shishir Upadhyaya

Assistant Professor

Graduation Requirements

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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