Master of Arts in

"Strategy and International Security" (MSIS)

Apply now until July 15th 2024! For more information please check our information below.

This two-year degree programme is organized by the Henry Kissinger Chair at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology and provides students with an in-depth knowledge of strategy and international security. Participants study the 21st century’s most pressing international and national security problems. The aim is to better understand the world of today and the challenges that lie ahead. Special emphasis lies on international law and the future of the international system. The degree programme also focuses on emerging security challenges as well as the relationship of diplomacy and military strategy. The programme is be led by both Bonn faculty members and experienced practitioners. It prepares students for careers in international organizations, foreign services, national security institutions, and NGOs as well as multinational companies. The number of students participating in the programme is limited to 20. Those interested are invited to apply.



Two years/
120 ECTS


English     (Level C1) 


Winter Term 2024/25



The four core modules of the degree programme concentrate on strategy, diplomacy, and the methodology of security studies. Elective Modules will deepen the knowledge of students in research areas such as German Foreign Policy, International Law, and Geoeconomics. In our broad understanding of the security challenges, environmental security, food security, and health security are also included. Courses may also be followed at our partner universities in Herzliya (Israel) or Potsdam (Germany). The entire programme is practice-oriented and requires the completion of a mandatory three-month internship in close cooperation with regional and national partners. The final stage of the programme is dedicated to the completion of a Master Thesis. Please find a detailed description of all modules in the course manual. 

Suggested Course of Studies

Program MSIS
Study Schedule MSIS


MSIS-students visit NATO Headquarters and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels

From June 27 to 28, 2024, students from the Master’s Program “Strategy and International Security” (MSIS) embarked on an insightful field trip to Brussels, visiting the Brussels office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and NATO Headquarters. The field trip was organized by Dr. Cedric Bierganns, KAS Bonn, Philipp van Helden, Research Fellow at the Henry-Kissinger-Chair for Security and Strategic Studies and Ambassador (ret.) Dirk Brengelmann, Fellow at CASSIS. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty, the students engaged in discussions with high-ranking officials from EU, NATO, and other renowned think tanks about current challenges and the future of transatlantic and European Security.

MSIS: UN Security Council Simulation

As part of our seminar "The United Nations Security Council in times of turmoil" of our Master's Programme "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS) we held a two-day simulation on the UN Security Council.

Seminar on the debate on German Foreign Security Policy with Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Member of the German Bundestag

How has the debate on German Foreign Policy changed since the German Reunification 1990? In a seminar organised together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias Herdegen, Director of the Institute for Public International Law and Institute for Public Law at the University of Bonn, and Dr. Norbert Röttgen, member of the German Bundestag, the students from the Master's programme "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS) delved into the controversial questions of Germany's position in the world and its historical legacy.

Workshop on hybrid warfare

What does hybrid warfare mean and how can it be countered? On 2 March 2024, the Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik, together with CASSIS and Polis180, organised an interactive workshop on this highly topical question. Students from the Master's programme "Strategy and International Security" (MSIS) also took part in the simulation game.


Be part of our global network!

In order to provide students with a comprehensive perspective on security research, we work with partners from different countries.

Reichman University Herzliya

In close cooperation with the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the Reichman University Herzliya, we offer a selected number of students the opportunity to complete the module "Terrorism and Regional Security" in a summer programme in Herzliya (Israel). There, a great variety of courses can be chosen by students. The programme intensifies an existing cooperation between the University of Bonn and the Reichman University Herzliya. 

University of Potsdam

In close cooperation with the University of Potsdam (Germany), we offer a selected number of students the opportunity to complete the Partner Module "War and Conflict Studies" in the study programme of the same name at the University of Potsdam. The programme equips students with the scientific tools to analyse conflicts and political violence, hence the cooperation offers students another perspective on security issues and conflict.

Admission and Application 

Here you will find all information about the admission requirements and the application procedure. 

  • Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree acquired in Germany or abroad in Political Science
    • Minimum Grade: 2,7
    • Minimum of 12 ECTS in International Relations or equivalent
  • Examination regulations Local Numerus Clausus (German versions legally binding)
    • Numerus Clausus 2023/24: 1,7 (1,9 in the follow-up procedure)
  • C1 English language certificate 
    • according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Language" (CEFR)

The application phase for the Winter term 2024/2025 begins on June 3rd and ends on July 15th 2024. 

In order to apply, please follow the Application Guide. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

No. You can only apply for the winter semester. The application phase begins on June 3rd and ends on July 15th.

The basic requirement for the application process is a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minimum grade of at least 2.7, demonstrating at least 12 ECTS in International Relations and an English language certificate. There are no additional requirements.

Accepted certificates include English language studies, a fully English-language Bachelor's degree, or standardised tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge or DAAD.

The NC is a selection system based on grades. It represents the minimum grade point average (GPA) required for admission. For example, the NC in the application phase for the winter semester 2023/24 was 1.7.

Please provide your current transcript of records.

No. The application process is the same for international students and EU students. However, official translations (Apostille) may be required for international students.

No. You can only apply through the university's registration system. The programme will be activated on the registration website by June 3rd. Click here for further information.

No. There are no specific policies regarding employment during the programme. However, an internship related to the programme is required. Details can be found in the module handbook on our website.

No. The MA Strategy and International Security is a full-time degree programme.

Your Start in Bonn

All information about the start of the programme can be found here. 

New students can find more information about the Opening Weeks and about various topics regarding the start of their study in Bonn. See you in October!


All courses and all examinations will be conducted in English. For that reason, linguistic confidence is a prerequisite for the successful completion of the programme. Therefore, a C1-Level language certificate (or higher) according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Language" (CEFR) is required. 

German language skills are not a prerequisite but are recommended. Language courses will be offered by the University of Bonn to accompany the studies or as intensive courses before the start of the semester. For further information on the language courses offered by the University, please visit the website of the International Office. 


Security and Strategy Research is of enormous relevance, especially in today's world. The current crises and future challenges prove the necessity to educate students in this field and they show that the field has the potential to open various opportunities for graduates.

The programme is designed for students to gain academic expertise in the field of Security and Strategy Research, and to prepare them for professional careers in a wide range of occupations. Career prospects range from foreign and intelligence services over parliaments to public administrations. Additionally, the master's programme will open perspectives in other sectors, such as think tanks, political and other foundations and public affairs agencies. Of course, students will also be enabled to make contributions to political science in general and Security and Strategy research in particular, in order to become part of the academic community.

In order to ensure that our students are prepared properly for their future careers, the programme is shaped and carried out by experienced practitioners as well as Bonn faculty members. The internship programme is designed in close cooperation with governmental and non-governmental partner institutions. Moreover, Bonn as the German city of the United Nations (UN) and home of various national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as major companies, is a perfect location to gain practical experience.

Further Information  

Here you will find all important documents including a detailed description of the individual modules that form part of the curriculum. If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, find our contact information below.  

Flyer for the MSIS
Curriculum and Course Plan

Useful Links

Henry Kissinger Chair

The programme is run by the Henry Kissinger Chair for Security and Strategy Research. For more information about the chair's team, which has been headed by Professor Ulrich Schlie since 2020, upcoming events and recent publications, please visit our website.

Institute and Faculty

The MSIS complements the master's programmes of the Institute for Political Science and Sociology (IPWS) which is part of the Faculty of Arts. The study programme complements the existing range of study programmes offered by the IPWS.

International Students

You can find detailed information about accommodation, housing, student loans and other requirements on the website of the "Bonner Studierendenwerk". Additionally, the International Office offers courses and tutoring for foreign students in Germany. 

Henry Kissinger Chair for Security and Strategy Research

Contact Information

+49 (0)228/73 4401


2nd Floor
Genscherallee 3
D-53113 Bonn

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