Admission Requirements

Before you apply

If you're in one of the following programs:

  • Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • Ft. Leonard Wood
  • National Defense University (NDU)

Please contact us before applying.

Get started

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

When should you apply?

Decide the semester you want to start and apply by one of the following dates:

Application deadlines
Semester Date
Fall August 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

Admission is competitive.

Entrance requirements

Admission to the program requires a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours, a satisfactory Graduate Record Examination score (e.g., 290 or higher combined score on the verbal and quantitative), and letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty or professionals acquainted with the students academic work or research and analytical skills.  A relatively low GRE score may be compensated by an impressive undergraduate GPA and strong letters of recommendation.

Demonstrated graduate-level performance through a minimum of nine hours may compensate for GRE or undergraduate GPA weaknesses.

Department of Defense (DOD) civilian and uniformed applicants for the National Defense University Fellowship (NDU) pursue a different and separate application process that is completed in conjunction with DOD and the NDU.

You’ve applied. What happens next?

Our faculty reviews your application and decides whether to admit you.

You’ll usually learn your admission status within one month after you’ve applied.