:: 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 three options available to students in the DSS program:

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 Department recently has been selected to offer a more specialized Master of Science Degree in Weapons of Mass Destruction Studies; this degree is restricted to applicants from the NDU.

The second option is the Graduate Certificate Program.  Students must successfully complete 9 credit hours in three courses of their choice to obtain the Certificate.  Courses may be taken on a full time on a part time basis. The normal time to completion for the Graduate Certificate Program is 2 semesters with 100% on-time graduation rate. The completion of the certificate program will aid in a career path, 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.

The third 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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