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MA International Security Studies at UniBwM: Profile

The Master of Arts – Program “International Security Studies” (MISS) is a unique postgraduate program for security professionals offered jointly by the Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBwM) and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC). In a unique German-American partnership, this program prepares international military and civilian students with some years of experience for executive positions in the public and private sector.

MISS participants profit from the particular strengths of the partnering institutions: The program combines university modules taught by UniBwM professors and selected international faculty with the policy-oriented programs of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, a German-American defense institution where students study alongside other government officials from 110 countries. It provides its students with a comprehensive understanding of International Security and connects them to a network of more than 10,000 security professionals around the globe.

Four different study concentrations - Regional Security, Counterterrorism, Cyber Security and Countering Transnational Organized Crime - offer students an opportunity to deepen their understanding and develop professional networks in their specific area of expertise. The program is designed for full and part-time studies and can be completed either as a twelve-month course starting in September or individually via roughly one-month modules. The entire program takes place at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a mountain resort in Southern Bavaria.

 


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MA International Security Studies at UniBwM: Course of study

The MISS is a 12-month program that consists of a common curriculum, a study concentration and the master thesis.

The Common Curriculum

The program’s common curriculum aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge of contemporary security studies from both theoretical and policy perspectives. The first module »Theories and Methods« introduces students to different approaches to studying International Security. A particular focus is consolidating the methods (analysis, writing, presenting) required for the program.
Students then join the Marshall Center’s Flagship Course, the »Program in Applied Security Studies« (PASS), a 7-week course for more than 100 international government officials from the security sector. Expert panels, exercises, and field studies complement plenary and seminar sessions and electives.
In the next module »Transnational and International Conflict « learn to understand and analyze historical and current international conflicts. Finally, the module »International Humanitarian Law« provides students with a thorough understanding of the legal context in which International Security evolves.

The Study Concentration

The Study Concentration consists of one of four Marshall Center resident programs and one university module. The offered resident programs are:

  • Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS)
  • Seminar on Regional Security (SRS)
  • Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC)
  • Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)

Depending on their concentration, students then attend either the module »Transnational Governance« or »Security and Development«, which focus on dealing with transnational threats and challenges and the nexus of security and development respectively.

Master Thesis

The program concludes with a 15,000 word Master Thesis.

Part-time Students can enroll in individual modules over a longer timeframe. Distance-Learning options are available for some modules.

 


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MA International Security Studies at UniBwM: Career

MISS is designed as a postgraduate professional development program for security professionals from national and international institutions with several years of experience. It aims to provide them with the necessary skills to transition from the tactical/operational level to a more strategic career field, especially in an international context. The program is therefore aimed at field grade officers and their civilian equivalents, particularly those whose duties will include analytical functions. Apart from governmental services, MISS is therefore also a very appropriate preparation for security-related functions in the private economy, i.e. as risk or country analysts.

The Marshall Center's very active Alumni Network of over 10,000 security professionals in 136 countries, which conducts regular Alumni activities in capitals and in Garmisch, is a particularily valuable resource in this regard.


 


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MA International Security Studies at UniBwM: Application

Applicants are expected to fullfill the following admission criteria:

 

  1. Completion of a typically four-year higher education degree accrediting a competence level equivalent to 240 ECTS points (Technical Degree (Diplom), Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree);
  2. At least two years’ qualified professional work experience;
  3. English language proficiency (demonstrated by a certificate attesting to a competence level of B2).

Applicants meeting these criteria will be invited to a personal interview with the program's leadership, which will decide about their admission.

 

 

Applications for start in the Fall Term should be submitted by May 15th of each year and contain the following documents:

 

  1. Duly completed Application Form  (Available at www.securitystudies.de);
  2. Certified copy (German or English) of higher education qualification certificate;
  3. Documents (German or English) attesting to at least two years of qualified professional work experience;
  4. Certificate of English language proficiency (Level B2)
  5. Letter of motivation, explaining their interest in this specific program and how it contributes to their further career,
  6. Curriculum Vitae (bio), listing all study courses hitherto completed and a complete record of professional experience.
  7. Two letters of reference are optional, but highly recommended.

 

Applications should be sent to the following address:
M.A. International Security Studies - Program
College for International and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gernackerstrasse 02, D-82467 Garmisch-P.

 


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MA International Security Studies at UniBwM: Special program features

  • Policy-orientated program on a high academic level: The combination of more theory-focused UniBwM modules with the more policy-oriented GCMC programs and seminars provides for unique insights on issues from both perspectives.

 

  • International faculty of academics and professionals: The cooperation of both institutions brings together more than 40 international experts and offers an almost incomparably broad faculty. Marshall Center professors are hereby often senior practitioners with decades of professional expertise in their subject area.

 

  • Seminar-based, active learning model: The professional experience of its participants is an important contribution to the program. Through seminar discussions, debates, panels and exercises students can profit from their different professional and national backgrounds.

 

  • Intensive networking: Their fellow students in Marshall Center programs, but also the Marshall Center and Universität der Bundeswehr München Alumni associations, give students a great opportunity to get in contact with security professionals in their country, region and area of interest.

 

  • Distinguished guest speakers: Marshall Center programs often feature prominent guest speakers, which have included e.g. SACEUR, COMISAF, ASDs, DASDs, Deputy Ministers and Ambassadors.

 

  • Field Studies: Some modules feature up to week?long field trips to security institutions, where students can gain first hand insights on the various approaches that countries take to international security problems.

 

  • Small class sizes: The MISS allows for a maximum of 15 students per year to guarantee for optimal individual super-vision. In class, seminars will also not exceed 10?15 participants each, to allow for sufficient time for any discussant.

 

  • Accredited by the Bavarian Ministry of Higher Education and the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat)


 


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MA International Security Studies at UniBwM: UniBwM and Marshall Center

The MISS is executed jointly by the Universität der Bundeswehr München and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. The Marshall Center, dedicated in 1993, is a renowned international security and defense studies institute that promotes dialogue and understanding among the nations of North America, Europe, Eurasia and beyond. Supported bilaterally by the governments of the United States and Germany, the Marshall Center boasts an international faculty and staff with representatives from 10 partner nations. This unique German-American partnership supports U.S. and German national security strategies and security cooperation guidance.

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The Universität der Bundeswehr München was founded in 1973 with the aim of providing officers and officer candidates with a university education that would also prepare them for civilian careers. Since its founding, the number of students has been rising steadily: today there are around 3,700 registered students, including 150 international students and officers. In contrast to other universities, the standard period of study at the Universität der Bundeswehr München is only 3 years and 3 months.

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The program takes place entirely in the modern facilities of the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
 


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Institution

Universität der Bundeswehr München


Location: Universität der Bundeswehr München Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
85577 Neubiberg
Deutschland
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Neubiberg

Field of study

Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

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Type of study

Part-time

Duration of study: 24 months

Tuition fees EU: 5500 EUR / year

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Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 5500 EUR / semester

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Neubiberg

Field of study

Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Arts

Language

English

Start

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Part-time

Duration of study: 24 months

Tuition fees EU: 5500 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 5500 EUR / semester

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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