International Security Management

  • Degree
    Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Type of study
    Full-time study
  • Standard period of study
    4 semesters
  • Commencement of studies
    Summer semester (1 Apr)
  • Credits (ECTS)
  • Language of instruction
  • Department / Central Institute
    Department of Police and Security Management

Degree programme

Security Management is a wide and multifaceted discipline, combining a range of both national and international issues. The growing complexity of the international situation confers increasing importance on this socially and politically-relevant field.

The consecutive English-language degree programme International Security Management provides an interdisciplinary course at the interface of security-related disciplines drawn from the Legal Sciences, Information Technology, Economics and the Social Sciences. It combines aspects of Security Studies with practical applications such as Risk, Crisis and Catastrophe Management; the protection of critical infrastructures; and Quality Assurance in the Security sector, all taught in the context of a focus on professionalism, Human Rights and Accountability.

The Master’s degree programme is open to graduates of Bachelor’s degree courses in Risk and Security Management and is also open to applicants with a degree in Economics, Law, Administration, Social Sciences, Tourism, Logistics, Facility Management or Computer Science. A pre-requisite is a strong interest in security topics.

Professional field

Graduates of the degree programme International Security Management 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).

Degree structure

The Master’s degree programme consists of four consecutive phases: an introductory phase serving to focus and extend students’ existing theoretical under- standing and practical skills is followed by a specialization phase with elective topics. The third semester is dedicated to an internship, in which students can apply their theoretical knowledge in a practical context; this serves as preparation for management responsibilities. The fourth semester is a research semester, in which students attend a research seminar and colloquia whilst writing their Master’s thesis.

Teaching is seminar-based. Particular importance is placed on the use of case studies to extend the students’ theoretical understanding.

  • Modul 1: Research and Methodology
  • Modul 2: Globalisation, Security Challenges & Governance
  • Modul 3: International Management of Risks and Crises
  • Modul 4: Organisation, Leadership and Economics of Security Management I
  • Modul 5: Normative Theories, Ethics and Accountability in International Security Management I
  • Modul 6: Crime Control in a Global Environment
  • Modul 7: Organisation, Leadership and Economics of Security Management II
  • Modul 8: Information, Knowledge Protection and Cybersecurity
  • Modul 9: Normative Theories, Ethics and Accountability in International Security Management II
  • Modul 10: Current Issues in International Security Management
  • Modul 11: Elective A: Mobility and Transport or Elective B: Event Security
  • University degree (min. 180 ECTS)
  • English language skills: Level B2
  • letter of motivation (in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)

Applicants with a degree from a German university:
Please, apply through our platform  

Applicants with a degree from an university abroad:
Students with a Non-German Bachelor degree apply at uni-assist e. V.

Programmakkreditiert durch den Akkreditierungsrat

Fees and grants

  • Tuition fees


  • Semesterfee

    ca. € 300 per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)

Information for prospective students

Student Counselling Service

Telephone consultation hours
Tue, Thu 14.00–15.00

Student advisory service

Mechthild Bonnen

Department of Police and Security Management
Mechthild Bonnen
Degree programme coordinator of "M.A. International Security Management"

11.30–12.30 (CET)

Academic Director

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Aden

Department of Police and Security Management
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Aden
Professor of European and German Public Law, Public Policy and Public Administration