Defense and strategic studies Courses

University of Missouri-Columbia
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Courses for this program are 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours: three required courses (9 credit hours) and seven elective courses (21 credit hours).

This program will allow 12 hours of transfer credit for POL_SC 7412, POL_SC 7540, POL_SC 8400 and POL_SC 8560 to current or former U.S. military officers who are in or have previously completed Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School, U.S. Navy College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College or Joint Forces Staff College.

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The chart below shows the courses offered in the program. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 12 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs