School of Defense and Strategic Studies

DSS student Las Bryner receives congratulations from the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Kari Bingen, at the 2019 department commencement ceremony.

Launch your career in national security

Get a graduate-level education in security and defense, policy, arms control and more.

Put your career goals in reach. We're located near the heart of the defense industry: Washington, D.C. 

Have an insider's edge: Leaders and experts in the field teach your classes.

Graduate programs

All programs are offered 100% online. You can also take seated classes, or a hybrid of seated/online.

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Rise to the challenges of national and global security.

Available option areas

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Earn a professional doctoral degree. Do advanced study in security and policy.


Don’t have time for a full degree? Certificates, which require fewer courses, can enhance your credentials and training.

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Have a better understanding of key issues in defense, security and strategy.

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Advise on WMD strategy and policy.

Our home

The defense and strategic studies (DSS) department is located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, in the nearby suburb of Fairfax, Virginia. Our student body is diverse, with a mix of traditional, mid-career and active-duty military.

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