Master’s studies

«All of us are responsible for our country, together and alone.»

Lennart Meri


In today’s world, internal and external security are very closely interwoven. Since in the past years, the situation in the respective areas has significantly worsened in Europe, there is a continuous need for educated security workers.

Whether you already work in the area of security, or want to give a little push to your career, or you have a Bachelor’s degree in some other area and only now want to enter this exciting sphere, our internal security Master’s programme offers a great opportunity for it.


What do we teach? 

The two-year Master’s programme has been designed to cover all those areas of internal security the respective organisations need the most support for.These areas involve the management disciplines adapted for the new security environment, the analysing of the dynamics of the global security environment, or the most basic legal nuances the future security experts need to keep in mind upon developing their own areas. Since the programme is outcome-based, which means the graduates of the two-year programme have to be able to solve specific practical problems, the lecturers and trainers include a number of top level specialists from both Estonia and abroad. Cooperation between top level specialists and good international lecturers is the key to the very special Master’s programme. There has never been a lack of good ideas in Estonia. The same applies for the security sector. If we lack of something, it is the will to turn the good ideas into practice. And this is the societal change we want to achieve with our Master’s programme – we would like to see all the security-related good ideas meet and turn into practice via the EASS’s Master’s programme.


Since the autumn of 2018, there are three special branches in the Master’s programme:

  • internal security branch
  • crisis management branch
  • agency-based branch


How to enter the programme?

Admission to the internal security related Master’s programme is organised via public competition. The area of internal security is not necessarily meant for the ones in uniform only. It is more like an area where the ones starting their studies are certain that they can now and in the future contribute to the providing of the security of Estonia and of each and one of us.



In the Institute, the core of the group conducting applied research is of the head of the Institute, research fellows and lecturers. The main areas of research are connected with such internal security related topics as radicalisation, migration, strategic communication and psychological defence. The Institute is a contact point when the studies ordered from other structural units of the Academy or the studies conducted in cooperation with several structural units are concerned.

A significant part of the research activities of the Institute is of the Master’s theses written by the Master’s students. Most of the topics for the theses have been provided by the Ministry of the Interior and its agencies, or by other state agencies. This helps to guarantee the papers are necessary for the state and closely connected with practical work.

In the Institute, there is also a contact point for the research network of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).