Admission Process

Complete an Application

Applications for acceptance into the DSS program must be submitted to Missouri State University’s Graduate College. Prospective students may apply online or by mail.

Pay the Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable application fee; you may pay by check or money order if mailing the application, or by credit card if applying online. Make check or money orders payable to Missouri State University.

Submit transcripts to the Graduate College Admissions Office

  • Send one official copy of your transcripts showing course work for your bachelor's degree, as well as any graduate level courses (please ensure that your last 60 hours of course work is represented).
  • Send your GRE scores to the Graduate College Admissions Office.

The address and contact information for the Graduate College Admissions Office is:

Missouri State University
Graduate College
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897

Tel: 417-836-5331

Fax: 417-836-6200

The application package is reviewed by the Graduate College, and if found to be acceptable, forwarded to DSS.

Provide information to DSS

Prospective students are asked to provide directly to DSS:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement outlining why they wish to pursue a DSS degree (approximately 500 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors, work supervisors, or other individuals who have direct knowledge of their performance as undergraduate students or other individuals who have knowledge of the student's skills and abilities

The mailing address and contact information for DSS is:

Missouri State University
Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies
9302 Lee Highway, Suite 760
Fairfax, VA 22031

Tel: 703-218-3565

Fax: 703-218-3568

Review of Application Package

The completed application package is then reviewed by DSS faculty and the Head of the DSS department, who collectively determine whether a student should be accepted into the program, and whether they merit financial assistance.  Students generally are notified of their acceptance into the program within one month of the date that DSS receives the complete application package. If merited, a financial award notification will be sent separately.

International Applicants

All International Applicants must apply through the International Student Services Offices. All international applicants are required to submit all materials and test results.