:: Amenities ::
There is a cafeteria in the ICFI building complex that is open for business from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; there is also a gym available to students for a modest monthly fee. On the ground floor there is an auditorium with theatre-style seating for 100 people. Students have access to the DSS library as well as the library at nearby George Mason University. The main lab is a central meeting point for students.
:: Housing ::
Students will need to obtain housing in the metropolitan area. There is an abundance of rental properties available in Northern Virginia. The area is serviced by public transit bus and subway (Metrorail) system. The Vienna Metro Station is located within easy walking distance of our building and a free shuttle service to the Hunter’s Branch Office Park is available. Free visitor parking is available in the office building’s parking garage.
:: Immunization Requirement::
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that all students enrolled in Virginia be immunized by vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), and mumps. In addition, all incoming students must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B. Students must provide proof of immunization and vaccination; a medical record from a physician is acceptable. This information must be given to the DSS Administrative Secretary during the fall, or first, semester. Students who do not provide such proof will not be permitted to register for the spring, or second semester.
:: Tuition ::
Current information on tuition and fees can be accessed here.
:: Scholarships & Financial Aid ::
The DSS program is supported by direct foundation and corporate grants, enabling DSS to offer a wide variety of scholarships. These DSS scholarships are merit-based, focusing heavily on academic performance. Requests for DSS scholarships are considered upon the initial receipt of applications for admission.
In some cases, DSS requires a number of hours of work per week from scholarship recipients. The number of hours required is in direct proportion to the amount of the stipend awarded. DSS scholarships fall within the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and may affect the amount and types of federal, state, and university financial assistance for which a student may be eligible.
Federal and state educational loans are available through Missouri State University’s Office of Financial Aid. You may contact that office by phone at (417) 836-5262, or 1- 800-283-4243. The Office of Financial Aid web page is located at www.missouristate.edu/Financialaid. As an alternative to federal loans, many private banks offer student loans, which are signature loans not tied to Missouri State University's cost of attendance
:: Departmental Scholarships::
There are two scholarships awarded to DSS students that are unique to the program. The first, the Ulrike Schumacher Memorial Scholarship, has been established in honor of former faculty member Dr. Ulrike Schumacher. The second scholarship, the Herman Kahn Scholarship, is in honor of the founder of the Hudson Institute, whose work on nuclear strategy and deterrence theory was the first of its kind. Both scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of academic merit. Recipients of the scholarships are selected from prospective students who have indicated an interest in a financial award in their application package, or have sent a letter requesting financial assistance directly to DSS.
:: Strong Family Graduate Scholarships::
The College of Humanities and Public Affairs offers $5,000 Strong Family Graduate Scholarships to select students commencing their graduate studies. Applications are due in early April. Scholarships are announced by May for the Fall semester. DSS students who begin in the Spring semester are also eligible and are encouraged to apply. DSS students have had considerable success winning these Scholarships. Information about the Scholarship (including description, requirements, and application) is available at:
:: International Students::
If you are an international student, the same procedure applies, with two exceptions: you must complete the International Student Application for Graduate Admission instead of the general application (form enclosed at the end of this catalog), and you must send your TOEFL scores to the Graduate College in lieu of the GRE score. All international students must contact Missouri State’s Office of International Student Services to handle matters related to visa/immigration status, insurance, proof of financial means for one year, and other requirements. The address and telephone numbers for International Student Services is:
Missouri State University
Their web page is http://international.missouristate.edu/.
:: Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel::
Active duty U.S. military personnel assigned to Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. are considered Missouri State residents for tuition purposes and benefit greatly by receiving in-state tuition rates. Active duty military should contact the DSS Administration office to learn how they can take advantage of this valuable privilege.