M.A. in National Security and Terrorism
Homeland is not just a TV show
Since 2001, greater international attention is given to the fields of security and counter-terrorism. The world of security has changed as new kinds of struggles and resistances arose. Guerilla fighting, three-block war, false coverage – these are all new features of modern confrontations. Another major area to consider is the effects of new technology (mainly software-based) on security operations.
M.A. in National Security can be the answer for people who wish to understand better the threats and challenges their country is facing. In Israel, you can find Master degree programs in English
that draw on firsthand experience for discussing these important issues.
National Security Studies aim to provide the full picture regarding homeland security and counter-terrorism activities. The programs include classes in social sciences such as politics, sociology and economics in order to give an in-depth portrayal of the conditions that may lead to terrorist attacks. Students will learn of military and diplomatic ways to deal with political unrest.
Throughout the programs, meetings with former and current military officials and politicians are held. In the lectures, students learn of case studies which involve considerations of right diplomatic and military measures. They also go on tours to IDF bases.
Participants must complete a required number of practicum hours. They can achieve that by assisting academic researches or by interning in Israeli security organizations. The list of open internships is provided by the faculty.
Your study program may include classes in:
* Modern Strategic Thought
* Modern Diplomacy
* Israel's Strategic Doctrine
* Arab-Israeli Conflict
* Terror, Counter-Terrorism and Moral Dilemmas
* Intelligence and National Security
* Economics and National Security
* International Powers and the Middle East
* National Security – Practitioners' Perspective
M.A. tracks in National Security are designed to be completed in one year.
The programs are open to students who completed their undergraduate degree in history or social sciences with a GPA of 80 (3.0) or above. Due to the fact that all classes are in English, students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in an English speaking country must pass an English proficiency test (such as IELTS).
Study costs are between $9,500 and $16,500 per program.
Tel Aviv University – offers a three-semester track; the track presents the various ways in which a country may fight terrorism by security forces as well as by diplomatic activities. In addition to its M.A. track, TAU also offers a semestrial track for security professionals – "Homeland Security Executive Certificate". The program is open only to experienced professionals.
University of Haifa – The program was designed in collaboration with the IDF's National Security College. The duration of the programs is two semesters; however, all students must attend a pre-semester seminar before starting their studies. There are no electives in this program, meaning that all courses are mandatory, albeit students may also attend classes from other programs if they choose to do so.