GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Applications for the new joint master’s degree program at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies are due Jan. 15 for a program that begins April 1.
Along with der Bundeswehr Universitat in Munich, the Marshall Center is conducting a master’s degree program that lasts 12 months. Participating students in the program will earn a graduate degree in international security studies.
The program was originally announced in 2009, but was delayed for further review. A second signing ceremony Nov. 9 relaunched the program.
Students accepted for the program will pay about $13,000 in tuition. After nine months of study, they’ll spend three months writing a master’s thesis. Dr. Ralf Roloff, who manages the program for the Marshall Center, said he’s elated to finally get the Master in International Security Studies program off the ground.
“This is a big step forward in the quality of our programs at the Marshall Center,” he said. “This is a big field of study and will improve the quality of our students.”
Dr. Roloff said the students’ time at the Marshall Center is spent with “practitioners of security studies” as well as professors from der Bundeswehr Universitat. As part of their year-long stay, students will also enroll in the Program in Advanced Security Studies and attend other applicable courses, according to Dr. Roloff.
The Marshall Center joins other Defense Department institutions offering a master’s degree program to a worldwide audience, including the National Defense University in Washington D.C., and the Naval Postgraduate School in California.
American students can get help with tuition through the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to Dr. Roloff. The Marshall Center’s instructors provide about 40 percent of the coursework while the der Bundeswehr Universitat offers the remainder.
Graduates are then linked to the Marshall Center’s 8,000 alumni members from 125 countries via an electronic global network as well as specific outreach events and conferences.
For more information, contact the campus advanced studies center at der Bundeswehr Universitat by calling (49) 8690044530 or sending email to info @ casc.de. The MISS program official website is www.casc.de/miss.