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 5000 International Context 3
NDC 5001 Comparative Domestic Context 3
NDC 5002 Strategy and Comparative Defense Strategies 3
NDC 5003 Strategic Leadership 2
NDC 5004 Instruments of State Power: Economy 2
NDC 5005 Instruments of State Power: Diplomacy 2
NDC 5006 Instruments of State Power: Defense Components 2
NDC 5007 Instruments of State Power: Information and Cyber Issues 2
NDC 5008 National Security Decision Making 3
NDC 5009 National Security 3
NDC 5010 Contemporary Issues 1
NDC 5011 Capstone Project* 3
NDC 5012 Field Studies (Regional & International) 2
NDC 6000 Elective 2

* Master's Program only

elective COURSES

Course Code Course Name Credits
NDC 6001 International Law of Armed Conflict 2
NDC 6002 Negotiations 2
NDC 6003 National Service 2
NDC 6004 GCC From Creation to Unification 2
NDC 6005 Strategy and Force Planning 2
NDC 6006 Geopolitics of the Gulf 2
NDC 6007 The Profession of Arms 2
NDC 6008 Non-Traditional Strategists 2
NDC 6010 Topics in National Security 2
NDC 6011 Campaigning 2
NDC 6012 Strategic Thinking 2
NDC 6013 Countering Violent Extremism 2
NDC 6014 Military Strategy (Arabic Language) 2
NDC 6016 Nuclear Weapons and Strategy 2
NDC 6017 National Security and the Media I 2
NDC 6021 Thucydides and Machiavelli (Arabic Language) 2
NDC 6022 Perceptions of Conflict and War in the Media 2
NDC 6023 Forecasting the Future:  Method for Strategic Leaders 2