Master of Arts in International Security Studies (MISS)

Category: Social Sciences
Program Form: Full-Time or Part-Time
Start of Program: September, 1st (Full-Time Students)
Place of Study: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Duration: 12 Months
Workload: 60 ECTS Credit Points
Course Language: English

Tuition Fees: 11.000 € (Discounts for GCMC Alumni)

The Master of Arts in International Security Studies (MISS) is a unique post-graduate program for security professionals offered jointly by the Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBwM) and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC). The one-year program is designed to prepare international military and civilian students with some years of professional 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 the 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 13,000 security professionals around the globe.

Four different study concentrations 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 by attending modules individually over a duration of two years. The entire program takes place at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a mountain resort in Southern Bavaria.

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MISS Curriculum

Examples of Previous Master Theses

  • A Realm Divided: Afghanistan and Its Warlords
  • Enhancing the Security of the Lake Chad Region through Regional Collaboration
  • Women, Peace, and Security in the Western Balkans
  • The Expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Determining the Shift in the Global Military Power Balance
  • The Turkish and U.S. Constitutions: A Comparative Work
  • Power Transition Theory in the 21st Century: More Relevant than Ever or Obsolete?
  • Sanctions on Russia: Limits and Flaws in the “Smart Sanctions” Approach?
  • The Saudi Identity Crisis of 1979 and its Impact on the Regional Security in the Middle East
  • Russian Hybrid Strategies in Ukraine: Undermining Security through Military and Non-Military Measures
  • Border Politics: The U.S.-Mexico Case Study
  • Cyber Deterrence in Germany: Approaching an Effective Cyber Deterrence Strategy
  • The Protracted Western Sahara Dispute: Comparative Analyses of Perspectives from Morocco, POLISARIO Front, and the International Community
  • Do Non-Governmental Organizations Undermine Good Governance in Post-Conflict Countries?
  • Ghana: A Virtuous Cycle of Stability and Development
  • Brexit as an Exit from the Peace Process? The Likelihood of Recurring Political Violence in Northern Ireland
  • Understanding Daesh Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Tunisia as a Case Study
  • Mongolian Neutrality Policy
  • Iran as a Security Challenge in the Middle East
  • Tanzania: A Fertile Ground for Religious Radicalism?
  • Morocco: A Beacon in the MENA Region- Civil Society's Efforts in the Drive Towards Open Society and Good Governance
  • The Ambiguity of Autonomous Warfare: Technological, Ethical, and Political Implications
  • ISIS in Central Asia: Threats and Responses
  • Countering Violent Extremism in America: Can CVE Programs Affect U.S. National Security?
  • Development Aid in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Performance of Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan
Congratulations to Czech Army Lt. Col. Petr Matous, our most recent graduate of the Master of Arts in International Security Studies program!

Point of Contact

Mr. Robert Becker
Academic Coordinator
Master Program in International Security Studies (MISS)
Bundeswehr University Munich & George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gernackerstraße 2, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
COMM  +49(0)8821.750.2444 DSN  314.440.2444
Email: iss.casc [at] (iss[dot]casc[at]unibw[dot]de)