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Defense and Strategic Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Online
The Master of Defense and Strategic Studies is designed to provide an in-depth, critical examination of the major defense and security challenges facing the United States now and in the future.


Particular attention will be placed on the development of strategy, both in theory and practice, to address defense-related problems.

Offered in a distance-learning/online format, this will be a distinctive degree tailored to improving the competence of military and civilian personnel engaged in strategic planning, the inter-agency process, military operations, diplomacy, budgeting, legislative affairs, defense program management, research and development, and a myriad of other staff activities and specialties.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • U.S. National Security
  • Strategic Theory and Modern Warfare
  • Global Security
  • Low Intensity Conflict
  • Information Operations
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Strategic Survey of the Americas
  • Strategic Survey of Africa
  • Strategic Survey of Europe

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submission of official transcripts in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement is waived if you already possess an accredited graduate degree.
  • A brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that addresses educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing the degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals that can evaluate the ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program, such as former instructors. Letters of recommendation from employers or work supervisors are also acceptable.
  • Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      914 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 914 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      403 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 403 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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