Frequently Asked Questions

Does the school assist in finding housing or roommates?

DSS is located adjacent to apartment and townhome complexes. The program does not offer On-Campus housing nor assist in facilitating Off-Campus housing. The following resources may be useful in your search:

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Where is the Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) program located?

Although the DSS program is administered through Missouri State University, students accepted into the DSS program attend school in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Specifically, the program is located in Fairfax, VA and is easily accessible via the D.C. public transit system.

Do I need a car?

The school is accessible via the Washington, D.C. Metro system. However, some students prefer to have a car. On-site parking is available for students.

Is there a dress code?

DSS is located in a prestigious high rise office park, with adjacent apartment and townhouse complexes. As such students are to dress with a degree of professionalism. Please do not wear casual items such as sweat pants, shorts, or flip flops to class.

Does the program offer any language courses?

The program focuses on U.S. national security policies and defense programs. Language skills are highly valued but not a requirement of the program. Students interested in advancing their language skills will find many resources in the Washington, D.C. area for. For example, the Fairfax County public school system on occasion offers Adult Education language courses.

Can I tailor the degree to meet my specific career goals?

The program is uniquely designed to prepare students for careers in the defense industry. Students can select courses based on their specific interests. The overall structure of the program has been designed to provide the academic rigor and practical policy experience necessary for a career in national security.

Does the program include internship opportunities?

Yes. For more information on internships please visit the Internships page.

Can you tell me about the student demographics?

The student body is diverse with a mixture traditional students, mid-career students, and active duty military. In addition, DSS often hosts exchange students from around the world.

What are the career goals of the students?

The majority of the students obtain careers in national security as policy analysts, intelligence analysts or other careers in the defense industry. Some of the students continue their studies in academia and obtain a Ph.D. The curriculum of this program is excellent preparation for any of those career goals.

Can you tell me more about the Faculty? Can I contact any of the Faculty members?

Learn more about the faculty. If you have a specific question for one of the Faculty members please contact the administrator.

Are there summer classes?

Summer classes are available. Many students elect to take an internship during the summer months which may count towards degree credits. In addition to the internship, several classes are generally offered in June and July.

How do I transfer credits?

DSS determines on a case-by-case basis courses it will accept for transfer. For this evaluation, students must provide an official transcript, the course syllabus, and a paper or report they authored for a course. Other graduate institutions will determine by their own methods the degree to which DSS courses will transfer to those institutions.