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Expected Feb 2023
Be a force for peace in the world
Advance your security career with the Master of International Security.
The Master of International Security is a multidisciplinary programme. It draws on strategic studies, international relations, military studies, political science, area studies, political and human geography and complementary fields of study.
Fast-track your qualification and your career
If you want to develop skills in security management, this is the programme for you. Security management is an increasingly important dimension of government and public policy. It has direct benefit to economic security and social wellbeing, so your skills will be in demand.
Follow your own interests
You will learn the principles, theory and practice of international security. You’ll gain understanding of interagency perspectives. You’ll also develop analytical and communications skills appropriate to the security context.
You will carry out independent research in a security context. This will enable you to develop your own area of specialisation. You will also benefit from our close relationships with partner agencies in the security sector.
Questions that you will consider on this programme include:
With the Master of International Security you can expect to advance your career in the security sector in government and non-government agencies, and contribute to international security operations.
This programme will prepare you for a role in:
The Master of International Security (Defence Studies) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
You must achieve a minimum B- grade average in the first 90 credits of courses taken in order to progress to Part Two.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
To enter the Master of International Security you will have been awarded or qualified for:
a relevant bachelor's degree with a grade average of at least B-, or
a completed Postgraduate Certificate in International Security, with at least a B- grade average, or
a completed Postgraduate Diploma in International Security, with at least a B- Grade average,
or you will:
be able to demonstrate scholarly work in conjunction with extensive relevant professional experience and standing in leadership, managerial and planning positions in government or non-government security agencies appropriate for admission with equivalent status.
If you have a Postgraduate Certificate in International Security or Postgraduate Diploma in International Security as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
If you are applying on the basis of scholarly work in conjunction with extensive relevant professional experience you must also provide a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV).
Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.