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The Master of Arts – Program “International Security Studies” (MISS) is a unique postgraduate program for mid-level security professionals offered jointly by the Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBwM) and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC). The twelve-month program is designed to prepare international military and civilian students with some years of 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 university’s professors and selected international faculty with the policy-oriented programs of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, where students study alongside other government officials from over 96 countries.

Five different study concentrations – Regional Security, Counterterrorism, Civil Security and Counter-Narcotics – 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 individually via roughly one-month modules. The entire program takes place at the GCMC in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a mountain resort in Bavaria.


The program starts with an introductory module “Theories and Methods”, which explores the key theories of International Relations and Security and focuses on consolidating the methods (analysis, writing, presenting) required for the program.

Students then join 95 international governmental officials in the Marshall Center's Flagship Course, the "Program in Advanced Security Studies" (PASS), a rigorous 10-week introduction to current issues in international security. Its core activities include plenary lectures and small seminar discussion groups, led by Marshall Center resident faculty and guest speakers from around the world. Each seminar brings together participants from a wide variety of countries and professional backgrounds and is complemented by expert panels, exercises, and field studies.

In the following module "Transnational and International Conflict” students delve deeper into security studies and learn to understand and analyze historical and current international conflicts. Each student also attends the module "International Humanitarian Law", which provides students with a thorough understanding of the international law of armed conflict.

Students then choose their study concentration from five policy-oriented Marshall Center programs:

  • Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS)
  • Seminar on Regional Security (SRS)
  • Seminar on Transatlantic Civil Security (STACS)
  • Program on Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking (CNIT)
  • Program on Cyber Security Studies (PCSS)

Depending on their study concentration, students finally attend either the module “Transnational Governance” (STACS, CNIT, SRS) or the module “Security and Development” (PTSS, PCSS). The program concludes with a 15,000 word Master Thesis.

Admission criteria

Applicants are expected to fulfill the following admission criteria:

  • Completion of a typically four-year higher education degree accrediting a competence level equivalent to 240 ECTS points (Technical Degree (Diplom), Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree);
  • At least two years’ qualified professional work experience;
  • English language proficiency (demonstrated by a certificate attesting to a competence level of B2).


Applicants meeting these criteria will be invited to a personal interview with the program's leadership, which will decide about their admission.  Applications for start in the Fall Term should be submitted by May 15th of each year and contain the following documents:

  • Duly completed Application Form (Available at;
  • Certified copy (German or English) of higher education qualification certificate;
  • Documents (German or English) attesting to at least two years of qualified professional work experience;
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (Level B2)
  • Letter of motivation, explaining their interest in this specific program and how it contributes to their further career,
  • Curriculum Vitae (bio), listing all study courses hitherto completed and a complete record of professional experience.
  • Two letters of reference are optional, but highly recommended.

Applications should be sent to the following address:

M.A. International Security Studies - Program
College for International and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the program amount to 11,000 EUR, which can be paid in two instances of 5,500 each. Additional fees for field trips may apply.

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Alessandro Scheffler, MLitt
Academic Coordinator, M.A. International Security Studies - Program
College for International and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gernackerstrasse 02
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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