Admission and Program Requirements

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Entrance requirements

The candidate must have a bachelor's degree and be admitted to the certificate program.

Coursework to total 9 hours

  • DSS 601 Seminar on Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control
  • DSS 630 International Law and Global Security
  • DSS 631 International Negotiations
  • DSS 632 Seminar on International Security Affairs
  • DSS 633 Analysis of International Security Politics
  • DSS 634 The Geopolitics of Conflict and Accommodation
  • DSS 700 Strategy and U.S. Defense Policy
  • DSS 702 Seminar on Regional Security Problems
  • DSS 703 Science, Technology, and Defense Policy
  • DSS 704 Arms Control: Theory and Practice
  • DSS 705 NATO Security Issues
  • DSS 706 Soviet and Russian Military Strategy
  • DSS 707 Congress, National Security, and WMD
  • DSS 708 Seminar on Contemporary Security Issues in the Former USSR
  • DSS 709 Seminar on Space Policy and Security
  • DSS 710 Seminar on International Terrorism and Security
  • DSS 711 The rise of the United States to Preeminence
  • DSS 712 American National Security Policy
  • DSS 713 Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Covert Action
  • DSS 714 Seminar on Strategic Thought
  • DSS 715 Grand Strategy
  • DSS 716 Understanding Military Operations
  • DSS 717 Small Wars, Imperial Conflicts, & Guerrilla Warfare
  • DSS 718 Causes of War
  • DSS 719 Strategic Culture
  • DSS 720 Internship Training in DSS Policy
  • DSS 721 Missile Defense, Proliferation and Contemporary Warfare
  • DSS 722 Emerging Strategic Challenges
  • DSS 723 Counterproliferation
  • DSS 724 Leadership in National Security Policy
  • DSS 725 Seminar on Instruments of State Power
  • DSS 726 Chinese Military Power
  • DSS 727 Chemical and Biological Warfare: Global and Community Perspectives
  • DSS 728 Terrorism: Advanced Research Topics
  • DSS 737 Advanced Studies in Chemical and Biological Warfare
  • DSS 740 Ethics of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • DSS 796 Directed Reading and Research in Defense and Strategic Studies
  • DSS 797 Special Topics

GPA requirements

Students must have a B or better grade in each course.