• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Taught in English over one year from September through August, the M.A. in National Security Studies offered by the University of Haifa is designed for students and professionals who are seriously interested in the field of national security in the broadest sense of the term.


The M.A. in National Security Studies is offered by the University of Haifa. 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.

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 National Security Studies program at University of Haifa 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B-
Recommended score: B

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • An undergraduate degree in political sciences from an accredited university in Israel or abroad, diploma and transcript with a minimum of GPA B- (76)
  • 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
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Two recommendations from relevant academic faculty members
  • Copy of valid passport and six passport-sized photos
  • Medical Forms

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9100 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    7791 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7791 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition for Israeli students is 27,430 NIS.

Living costs for Haifa

  • 2696 - 4350 ILS/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Some of the MA programs have a limited number of scholarships available for students based on financial need. Students who are in financial need are encouraged to submit an application. 

In addition to the University of Haifa need-based scholarship you can also submit applications to all other scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible (MASA, local Jewish Federation, etc.). 

Find out more by visiting the University website!

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