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National Security Studies


For decades, the State of Israel has been addressing complex national security challenges. Designed in partnership with Israel’s globally renowned National Security College, the international Master of Arts in National Security Studies introduces students to pressing, complex, real-time national security dilemmas, conflicts, and processes in Israel and other regions. The program is ideal for students pursuing a career in governmental, security, and private organizations, who wish to explore and address strategic social, political, ethical, diplomatic, economic, and military dimensions of national security.

Program Highlights

Developed in collaboration with Israel’s National Security College, IDF’s highest course of study and the world’s leading educational institution for military, intelligence, and government executives from Europe, America, and Asia, our program offers:

  • Theoretical knowledge alongside practical tools and skills to address complex national security challenges and processes, in both private and public sectors.
  • Fascinating case studies on national security errors, learning curves and achievements which portray Israel’s unique role in the Middle East.
One Year, One Degree

Our one-year international master’s program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts in Political Science, with a specialization in National Security Administration.

Hybrid Study Option

This program offers a hybrid study option, allowing students to attend lectures via Zoom from abroad


National Security Studies is a non-thesis track. Students who wish to pursue the thesis track will have two options:

1. Switch to a thesis track after the second semester, and not complete the specialization in National Security Administration.

2. Complete the program and submit candidacy to a thesis writing track in the following year.

In both cases, students must have a minimum average of 90 after their first semester. Requests for the thesis track will be considered individually and are dependent on students’ achievements, their ability to secure a supervisor, and other factors. The thesis will be submitted within one year of completion of their coursework, which may require an extended stay at the university.

Meet Dr. Dan Schueftan
Highlighted Courses

Legal and Ethical Aspects of National Security

The Evolution of War: The Information and Cyber Age Intelligence and National Security

Managing the Democratic State: Dilemmas of Policy and Security

Management of Geopolitical Risks and Opportunities in a Global World

The National Security of Israel

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice

Admission Requirements
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (B) (Israeli system), or equivalent in all undergraduate courses.
  • Good command of the English language.

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, will be required to successfully complete the following introductory courses before the first semester of the program:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Science/Government
Application documents
  • Copy of undergraduate diploma and official transcript of BA degree showing full list of courses, date of graduation, and conferred degree.
  • TOEFL – score 89 or alternative acceptable English language examination score
  • Personal Statement (500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé
  • Medical forms (international students only)
  • Copy of valid passport
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