The Masters in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management welcomes applications from students around the world.
You are advised to read the information below before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the application process.
The MA in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management is a one year programme taken over two semesters. It is made up of core and elective courses as well as a research component. Competency-based learning, practical based learning, and problem learning are incorporated into the specific course and assessed in the form of demonstrable skills at the end of the courses.
The programme is designed for varied career professionals working in an environment likely to be managing teams in hostile countries, implementing operational or security policies across numerous sites, supporting crises management capabilities at all governmental levels and promulgating laws and policies at the strategic levels. Professionals such as aspiring intelligence analyst, competitive intelligence personnel, government regulators, information specialists, investigative personnel and journalists. The degree also suited for professionals seeking further studies in peace, security, law enforcement, intelligence, defence and national security.
Applicants seeking admission into the MA in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management Programme must:
- Have a good first degree from a recognized and accredited university/institution, preferably with second class lower or better; and
- International applicants with a first-degree equivalent and English proficiency can apply for consideration.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications such as professional qualifications and relevant experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Admission closing date
November 15, 2019.
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Despite the impressive advancement in science and technology, the world continues to be fraught with complex and multiple security threats which are not only national in scope but also regional and global. These threats include terrorism, violent extremism, insurgencies, cybercrime, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, urbanization, demographics, climate change, food insecurity, maritime piracy, refugee and migrant crisis, bad governance, political uprisings, and electoral violence. But more crucially, the issue of terrorism and violent extremism has emerged in recent years as a key threat to world peace and stability.
Indeed, no country, no matter how small, big or powerful, is immune to these threats due to their transnational nature. In Africa, countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Somalia have become victims of multiple violent attacks committed by extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Boko Haram (Islamic State in the West African Province), and Al Shabaab.
Although Ghana is currently perceived to be one of the most peaceful and stable democratic countries in Africa with no history of national civil war, there are many violent inter- and intra-group conflicts that threaten the stability of the country. The country is also confronted with organized crimes such as narcotics and small arms trafficking, demographics, firearms-related crimes, urbanization, human trafficking, cybercrime, internet fraud, and money laundering just to mention a few.
At the organizational and household levels, there are also several interpersonal conflicts between and among spouses, family members, workers and employers, as well as service providers and their clients which threaten economic growth and the stability of the country.
In light of the above, institutions of higher learning must design appropriate programmes to train professionals in the management of peace, security, and intelligence. It is against this background that the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has mounted an MA degree in Peace, Security and Intelligence Management.
UPSA's mission is to provide and promote higher professional education and training in business and other social science-related disciplines by leveraging a structured mix of scholarship with professionalism in Ghana and beyond. This course is to equip its graduates with specialized analytical skills and competencies to respond to present and future complex and emerging peace, security, and intellectual challenges.
At the end of the programme students will:
- Analyze peace, security and intelligence in multidimensional and integrative perspectives by portraying real-life case studies.
- Demonstrate proficiency in policy formulation, analyses and sound research methods in the areas of peace, security and intelligence.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and applicability of peace, security and intelligence and their inherent interrelationship
- Apply multidisciplinary approaches to conflict prevention, peace-building and security management in their professions, be it at the state and/or societal levels.
- Develop relevant policies and strategies relating to peace, security and intelligence.
- Acquire specialized skill-sets to identify, tackle and respond to emerging peace, security and intelligence challenges.
- Develop the skills to serve as Foreign Service and military officers, government managers, international NGO staff, human resource managers, educationists, peace and security advocates, community workers, youth advocates, and mediators and negotiators.