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.

  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.

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

THESIS TRACK

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

SECURITY AND STRATEGY THESIS SPECIALIZATION

Among others:

  • Environmental Security
  • Traditional and Non-Traditional Warfare
  • Preventive and Pre-Emptive Operations
  • Security and Safety
  • Strategic Management of Security
  • Medicine security
  • Complex security

  • Stadium security
  • Biological security
  • Nuclear facilities security
  • Food Scarcity
  • Smart Cities and Cyber-Security
  • Symmetrical & Assymetrical War
  • Peace and Negotiations

  • Space Security
  • Future Challenges
  • Environmental security
  • Border security
  • Roads security
  • Transportation security
  • Strategic Statecraft

  • Policy analysis making
  • Critical infrastructure protection strategy
  • Security
  • Future affairs
  • Space Strategy
  • Water & Food Security
  • Conflict & Peace Studies

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

10 Courses | 36 Credit Hours

Core Course
Elective Courses
Courses (6)
Courses (4)
Credit Hours (18)
Credit Hours (12)
Thesis
Courses (1)
Credit Hours (6)

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

6 COURSES | 18 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.

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.

ELECTIVE COURSES

CHOOSE TWO COURSES | 6 CREDIT HOURS

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 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.

THESIS

6 CREDIT HOURS

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.

ATTENDANCE

WEEKEND CLASSES

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

WEEKEND CLASSES

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

JOINING THE PROGRAM

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

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Prof. Dusko Tomic

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