Admission Open: MA in International Security Management at Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany

M. A. in International Security Management | Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany


Security is an important issue for business, public administration and NGOs. The tasks relating to it span increasingly international dimensions.

Our new MA International Security Management aims at preparing students for positions in this field by providing them with broad interdisciplinary knowledge and practically oriented skills.

Career Prospects

Graduates are awarded the internationally-accepted qualification “Master of Arts” (M.A.).

The degree programme qualifies graduates to assume management roles in commercial and state security organizations as well as to shoulder demanding security tasks in nationally and internationally-active companies and state agencies, NGOs and aid organizations.

Graduates of this degree course will also be qualified for the higher levels of German public Administration, in accordance with the joint decision of the Innenministerkonferenz and the Kultusministerkonferenz.


The Master’s degree programme consists of four consecutive phases:

An introductory phase (1 semester) serving to focus and extend students’ existing theoretical understanding and practical skills.

A specialization phase with elective topics (2 semester).

A practical phase (3 semester) giving students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a practice-based context and prepare for the assumption of management responsibilities.

A research project (4 semester) with a research seminar and a colloquium within the scope of the Master’s thesis.


Teaching is seminar-based. Particular importance is placed on the use of case studies to extend the students’ theoretical understanding of the various aspects of Security Management and apply them in a practice setting.

Language of instructionEnglish
Place of studyBerlin
ECTS120 Credits
Internship semesterA six-month internship is usually organized in the third subject-specific semester. Students having acquired 210 ECTS credits (of which 30 were awarded for work experience) within the scope of their first university degree qualifying its holder for professional entry are able to opt out of the internship requirement. We recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to complete work experience in International Security Management.
International co-operation
  • We maintain intensive contacts with some 80 companies and state authorities active in the security sector in both the region and beyond.
  • Membership of the CONRIS-Netzwerk
  • Contact with from throughout the world:
    Partner universities to top

Programme Details

Module overview for the Master’s degree programme

Module 1: Research and Methodology

Module 2: Globalisation, Security Challenges & Governance

Module 3: International Management of Risks and Crises

Module 4: Organisation, Leadership and Economics of Security Management I

Module 5: Normative Theories, Ethics and Accountability in International Security Management I

Module 6: Crime Control in a Global Environment

Module 7: Organisation, Leadership and Economics of Security Management II

Module 8: Information, Knowledge Protection and Cyber Security

Module 9: Normative Theories, Ethics and Accountability in International Security Management II

Module 10: Current Issues in International Security Management

Module 11: Elective A: Mobility and Transport, Elective B: Event Security

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or similar

Minimum 180 ECTS credits

Proof of proficiency in English to a minimum of the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

English-language CV and letter of motivation

Application Period
Summer semester
Applicants with a German University qualification01.10.-15.01.
Applicants with a non-German University qualification01.10.-01.01.
Fees and sources of funding
Semester contribution
FundingBAföG is possible
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