EUCLID’s online master in terrorism studies and deradicalization is unique in that it is offered by an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with a university mandate. EUCLID has a specialized expertise in global affairs, including interfaith studies. EUCLID is a partner of several organizations that are relevant to this program, notably the World Mediation Organization (Berlin) and two affiliated institutions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IsDB, ICCIA). This new program addresses a tremendous global need for truly qualified professionals able to serve at all levels of government and civil society as experts in the field of what is generally referred to as Islamic radicalization leading to the clear and present threat of violent extremism or even terrorist actions. EUCLID’s approach to delivering the highest possible level of competency in terrorism studies as well as deradicalization solutions is both multilevel and multidisciplinary. Multilevel means that MTSD graduates will be able to function at various levels, global, national, local (city), communal and inter-personal. Multidisciplinary means that the program brings together knowledge from various areas of competence, including psychology, sociology, and religious studies. EUCLID is uniquely qualified in terms of educational philosophy because it does view this field of study from US-centric or Euro-centric perspectives. It frankly tackles the issue of Islamophobia as well as realism, ” laïcité” and cultural imperialism in order to form well-informed and balanced experts who may come from a variety of national and religious backgrounds.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent, issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO IAU handbook / WHED database. Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without a Bachelor’s degree if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.
ACADEMIC NOTES / OUTCOME:
It is fair to say that EUCLID’s programs are better described as ‘distance’ rather than ‘online’ study programs. This means that students do not have to connect at a particular day and time to participate in bulletin board discussions as is often the case with ‘online’ programs. Rather, our programs emphasize the ability to absorb a vast amount of material on a personal basis, which makes them suitable for fast readers who on their own have a record of intense book reading and passionate interest in their field of study. EUCLID evaluates the applicant’ interpersonal and teamwork skills—which are essential for personal and professional success—on the basis of prior experience confirmed by means of an extensive personal interview. Because EUCLID was established to serve active diplomats and other government officials, it is expected that these professional skills will have been acquired and demonstrated in the course of the applicant’s career. In some cases, EUCLID may propose specific courses (which may not even be listed as electives) in order to bring interpersonal skills (including public speaking) to a suitable level. Students planning to continue their studies with a doctorate should request the full master’s thesis option which extends the credit requirement to 40 credits.
EUCLID has ongoing enrollment (intake) for this program. It is acceptable to apply several months in advance but it is recommended to apply 60-40 days in advance. General public slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the School
EUCLID is, like the European Central Bank, NATO or the African Union, an international intergovernmental organization (IGO).