Program Requirements

Your advisor can help you choose your electives to meet your goals and needs.

Retention requirements

Consistent with Graduate College policy, students may not accumulate more than 9 hours of grades below a B- and remain in the program

Degree requirements (66 hours)

Foundation Courses (36 hours)

Foundation courses may be taken from the department’s master’s degree program (courses listed below). Students who hold a master’s degree in a related field can be admitted with advanced standing and may not be required to complete additional foundation courses.

  • DSS 601 Seminar on Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control
  • DSS 632 Seminar on International Security Affairs
  • DSS 700 Strategy and U.S. Defense Policy
  • DSS 707 Congress, National Security, and WMD
  • DSS 710 Seminar on International Terrorism and Security
  • 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 725 Seminar on Instruments of State Power
  • DSS 727 Chemical and Biological Warfare
  • DSS 796 Directed Reading and Research in Defense and Strategic Studies
  • DSS 797 Special Topics: Cyber Warfare/Security

Core Courses (15 hours)

  • DSS 720 Internship Training in DSS Policy (3 hours)
  • DSS 801 Advanced Nuclear Strategy, Deterrence, and Arms Control (3 hours)
  • DSS 832 Advanced Survey and Writing in International Security Affairs (3 hours)
  • DSS 896 Doctoral Capstone Project (6 hours)

Advanced Seminars (15 hours)

Advanced seminar courses focus on application of foundational knowledge. Students work with their advisor to choose courses that are relevant for their focus of study. Course options are listed below.

  • DSS 702 Seminar on Regional Security Problems
  • DSS 705 NATO Security Issues
  • DSS 708 Seminar on Contemporary Security Issues in the Former USSR
  • DSS 713 Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Covert Action
  • DSS 724 Leadership in National Security Policy
  • DSS 726 Chinese Military Power
  • DSS 728 Terrorism: Advanced Research Topics
  • DSS 737 Advanced Studies in Chemical and Biological Warfare
  • DSS 797 Special Topics: Security Challenges in Latin America