After gaining a solid foundation in both security studies and diplomacy studies in the program's mandatory courses, students can either continue to pursue both these aspects of foreign policy-making in their choice of electives and seminars, or concentrate on one of them. Our list of courses in the field of security studies include:
History of Modern Strategic Thought
Workshop: Security Field Trips and Ambassador Forum
The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
The National Security Concepts of the Arab States and Iran
Terror, Counter-Terrorism, and Moral Dilemmas
Why study security and diplomacy?
Do you want to know how to approach the world's most pressing challenges from every angle? Security policy experts are known for their unparalleled ability to create sustainable solutions to local, regional and global problems, informed by a knowledge of a group's history, identity, culture, politics and military strategy. They understand the competing motivations that drive the decisions of state and non-state actors and how to affect those decisions in the short and long terms. If you are ready to learn how to apply theory and tactical knowledge to even the most complex situations, come learn to see the world through the lens of security policy.
Why study in Israel?
At Tel Aviv University you will be learning from those who have sat in situation rooms, at the negotiating table, in houses of government and on the frontlines of both war and peace. Your professors will draw upon their expertise as well as their firsthand experience in the region to offer you exclusive insight into the reality of the subject matter.
Most importantly, your academic pursuits leverage all that Israel has to offer. Through security field trips, ambassador forums, lecture series and networking opportunities, the program will tackle issues facing Israel and the Middle East, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, as effective case studies, allowing you to graduate with both an expertise in the region and the ability to apply the same strategic thinking to challenges around the globe.
Beyond the curriculum, you will reap the benefits of a diverse student body, learning from new and varied perspectives. You will also be able to take advantage of local internships, language instruction, travel opportunities and the vibrant cultural offerings of Tel Aviv!
What kind of career opportunities will I have?
Tel Aviv University's international M.A. program prepares students to jump directly into careers in the security and diplomacy fields by equipping them with the knowledge and hard skills that make them attractive job candidates. To date, alumni have secured jobs in the private sector and with governments around the world. Their positions include those with the United Nations, premier global risk-mitigation firms, media and advocacy organizations, political campaigns, and with American, Israeli and European embassies, think tanks and armed services.