Master of Arts in National Security Studies

 MA in Political Science, Specialization in National Security Studies by the School of Political Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences

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  • Study in Multicultural environment 

  • Learn to think strategically 

  • Get trained by practitioners and major decision-makers

  • Visit NATO offices on a study tour

  • 1-year program

Program description

Taught in English over one year from September through August, the International Graduate Program in National Security Studies is designed for students and professionals who are seriously interested in the field of national security in the broadest sense of the term. Students will examine the complex interrelationship between the social, political, ethical, diplomatic, economic and military dimensions of national security to create a comprehensive picture of the state of the nation.

Facing a long-standing challenge at the center of a mostly hostile regional environment, even decades before its establishment, Israel has accumulated the experience in dealing with national security issues and has developed a comprehensive approach in this field, combining academic theory with real-world constraints.


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What you will study

We strive to introduce students to the real-time dilemmas and choices of Israeli decision makers as well as high-ranking officials, in addition to examples of national security dilemmas from other national and regional conflicts.The curriculum also accentuates the broader fields of diplomacy, foreign policy, human rights and international crises management. The program targets mid-career officials, academics and students from Israel and around the world, as well as retired and active members of defense and foreign affairs establishments.For a full list of courses please click here.
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Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in political sciences from an accredited university in Israel or abroad, diploma and transcript with a minimum of GPA B (80)
  • Candidates with an undergraduate degree in history or social sciences are also eligible and will be required to complete two introductory courses before the first semester of the program:
    • Introduction to International Relations
    • Introduction to Government and Politics
  • TOEFL scores (if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English). A minimum of 570 (paper-based test); 230 (computer-based test) or 89 (internet-based test)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Two recommendations from relevant academic faculty members
  • Copy of valid passport and six passport-sized photos
  • Medical Forms

For more information on admissions requirements please click here.


Read about the 2015 NSS class visit to NATO, Brussels! View the interview with our students on Youtube. Read stories on student experiences and more. 


For international students tuition and fees for the full academic year is $US 10,630*. The fee breakdown appears below:

Tuition $9,700
Service Fees (Security, Library, Health Insurance, etc.) $930
TOTAL (in US Dollars) $10,630


*This information is relevant for International applicants only. For Israeli citizens and ID holders please contact the Tuition Department here 

There is a non-refundable $100 application fee per academic year for the program. Dormitories are available for $450 per month. *Final tuition for the next academic year is updated each August. For more information on the cost of our programs, dormitories, etc. and payment instructions please click here. For financial aid information visit the "Scholarships" tab on this page.


Core Courses.

  • The National Security of Israel
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of National Security
  • Approaches to Political Science
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • The Foreign Policy of Israel
  • Political Demography of the Middle East
  • Communications and National Security
  • Society and Security in Israel
  • Economics and National Security
  • Managing the Democratic State: Dilemmas of Policy and Security

For more information on curriculum courses please see the website.


Professor Gabriel Ben-Dor is the head of the International MA Program in National Security Studies. Ben-Dor is a professor in the Department of Government and Political Theory and head of the National Security academic program at the University of Haifa. Dr. Dan Schueftan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and Political Theory and the Director of the National Security Studies Center. Both figures have published extensively in the field of security and international relations, and are well connected with Israel’s security establishment. For more information on faculty staff please visit here.


For more information on scholarships, please click here. Students of the program may also be eligible for a Masa scholarship.

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March 15 - Early Application Deadline 

May 31    - Late Application Deadline  (for late applications dormitory reservations are not guaranteed)

April 15  - Financial Aid Application Deadline