:: Program Parameters ::

The program accommodates both full time and part time students, including working students. Classes are held in late afternoon and evening to accommodate mid-career professionals. There are two degree options within the same DSS degree program available to students:

The first option is the Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies. Thirty-six semester hours of study are required to attain the Master's degree, which is usually completed in a two-year period. Students may pursue the degree on a part time basis. The second option is the DSS degree with an emphasis on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD).

DSS also offers two types of Graduate Certificates. Students must successfully complete 9 credit hours in three courses of their choice to obtain the Certificate in Defense and Strategic Studies and 15 credit hours in five courses of their choice to obtain the Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. Courses may be taken on a full time or part time basis. The normal time of completion of a Graduate Certificate is two to three semesters. The completion of the certificate program is intended to strengthen the background of those who already are professionally employed in the field and want to focus on a subject of particular interest. It is not intended to provide sufficient academic training for any specific professional career, but it may contribute to career paths, not limited to, but including the following Occupations & Standard Occupational Codes (SOC):

  • 19-3094.00 Political Scientists
  • 19-4061.00 Social Science Research Assistants
  • 33.3021.06 Intelligence Analysts

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for the certificate program.

Another option is to enroll as a non-degree seeking student in Missouri State's Continuing Education program. There is no minimum number of course required for enrollment in this program. A maximum of 9 hours may be applied to a degree program.

:: The Admissions Process ::

:: Full Course Descriptions ::

:: Internships & Professional Opportunities After Graduation ::

:: Tuition & Financial Aid ::

:: Housing ::

:: Frequently Asked Questions::

:: A Message from the Founder::

:: Accolades for the Program::

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