The Department of Security and Strategic Studies (SSS) at AUK offers an interdisciplinary program which allows students to develop a solid background in related areas of security and strategic studies, defense policy, counterterrorism, conflict prevention and resolution, and energy and human security.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Security and Strategic Studies provides a solid foundation for diverse career options. These include those associated with the armed forces, law enforcement, government, diplomatic service, international development and business.
With a degree in Security & Strategic Studies, you can work as:
work in the military, national security department, or police to collect and analyse operational intelligence data, compile mission reports and make security policy recommendations.
Track and report policy developments of the state, regional states, donors and international organizations before making recommendations on how these effect your organization’s work.
advise on all safety and security related matters including the planning and implementation of projects, review projects proposals from a security perspective, analyse data to form proposals.
Law Enforcement Officer:
work to ensure the safety of the community by investigating crimes and apprehend suspected criminals, respond to various situations or emergencies, draft and implement policies to keep the community safe.
analyse and communicate risk policies and processes for an organisation in the public or private sector.
You can set your study pace according to your circumstances and convenience:
Minimum 3.5 years, upon the successful completion of 12 courses per year.
Standard 4 years, upon the successful completion of 10 courses per year.
Maximum 5 years, upon the successful completion of 8 courses per year.
* This study duration does not include English language courses.
Academic Year Breakdown:
* The start and end dates are subject to changes.
Instructional period of 14 weeks plus a final examination period offered twice a year (referred to as Fall and Spring semester). Additional instructional periods include intersessions and Summer sessions.
The American University of Kurdistan’s annual tuition fees per academic program is 8000$ (for 30 credits). However, self-funded students can benefit from a newly implemented 15% discount on the tuition fees. This discount does not apply to international students. For self-funded students and those awarded Merit Scholarships, the below tuition rates apply:
Annual tuition fees payment
Annual tuition fees payment after 15% discount (NEW)
98.0 – 100
Mustafa Barzani Merit Scholarship
90.00 – 97.99
Chairman Masrour Barzani Merit Scholarship*
80.00 – 89.99
Board of Trustees Merit Scholarship*
The above rates are applicable for students register for courses at AUK from January, 2021.
Annual tuition is based on registration as a full-time student and the successful completion of 30 credits.
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