The current curriculum is made up of 12 courses, culminating in a capstone project, which includes a mandatory field-research practicum. Participants select one elective course from the options below.

core courses

Course Code Course Name Credits
NDC 3000 International Context 3
NDC 3001 Domestic Context 3
NDC 3002 Strategy and Comparative Defense Strategies 3
NDC 3003 Strategic Leadership 2
NDC 3004 Instruments of State Power: Economy 2
NDC 3005 Instruments of State Power: Diplomacy 2
NDC 3006 Instruments of State Power: Defense Components 2
NDC 3007 Instruments of State Power: Information and Cyber Issues 2
NDC 3008 National Security Decision Making 3
NDC 3009 National Security 3
NDC 3010 Contemporary Issues 1
NDC 3011 Capstone Project* 3
NDC 3012 Field Studies (Regional & International) 1
NDC 4000 Elective 2

* Master's Program only

elective COURSES

Course Code Course Name Credits
NDC 4001 International Law of Armed Conflict 2
NDC 4002 Negotiations 2
NDC 4003 National Service 2
NDC 4004 GCC From Creation to Unification 2
NDC 4005 Strategy and Force Planning 2
NDC 4006 Geopolitics of the Gulf 2
NDC 4007 The Profession of Arms 2
NDC 4008 Non-Traditional Strategists 2
NDC 4010 Topics in National Security 2
NDC 4011 Campaigning 2
NDC 4012 Strategic Thinking 2
NDC 4013 Countering Violent Extremism 2
NDC 4014 Military Strategy (Arabic Language) 2
NDC 4016 Nuclear Weapons and Strategy 2
NDC 4017 National Security and the Media I 2
NDC 4021 Thucydides and Machiavelli (Arabic Language) 2
NDC 4022 Perceptions of Conflict and War in the Media 2
NDC 4023 Forecasting the Future:  Method for Strategic Leaders 2