National Security Studies, M.A.

For decades, the State of Israel has been addressing complex national security challenges. Designed in partnership with Israel’s globally renowned National Security College, our International program in National Security 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.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 12 months
Starting in: October
Tuition Fee: $ 10,600 + service fees
Location: Haifa, Israel

Our program has been 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. We offer:

  • 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 mistakes, learning curves and achievements which portray Israel’s unique role in the Middle East.
  • Selected students will participate in advanced research at the University of Haifa’s National Security Studies Center

One Year, One Degree

Our one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts in Political Science, alongside a certificate of specialization in National Security Studies

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

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What our students say

"The program has an outstanding reputation… Haifa for me is an essence of Israel represented by one city."

Václav Misík // MA in National Security Studies alumnus from Czech Republic

Why study with us?

Academic Excellence

We offer academically demanding programs that challenge students and expand their intellectual horizons in new subject areas as well as provide progress in their major area of study


Close to 1,000 students from over forty different countries around the world enroll annually in the University of Haifa International School's various interdisciplinary and international programs where they learn and explore in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect


The University of Haifa offers an innovative learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment