- Annual Enrollment:
- About 600 undergraduate, 300 master’s/certificate, and 60 PhD students
- Degrees Offered:
- MA in Defense and Strategic Studies, graduate certificates in Global Public Affairs, Organizational Change and Conflict Management (online); Master of Public Affairs, graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Public Policy (online or on-campus); PhD in Political Science, PhD in Public Affairs, MA in Political Science, BA in Political Science, BA in Public Administration and Policy (on-campus)
- Employment sectors:
- Government, think tanks, nonprofits, academia
- Application Deadlines:
- Online programs review applications on a rolling basis
- $564.60 per credit hour for MA in Defense and Strategic Studies. A 10 percent tuition discount is available for military students (current and veteran
Why are some militaries more powerful and effective than others? Which strategic threats and opportunities are most important in modern international politics? What causes international conflict, both between states and within them? How can we explain the impact of nuclear weapons and the dynamics of deterrence? What are the patterns, causes, and effects of military innovation in both peacetime and warfare?
If you are curious about questions such as these, Truman School’s new online degree program—a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies—could be right for you. It’s much more than just an international relations program!
In addition to being online, all courses in the program are eight-weeks long and asynchronous. This provides students with a great deal of flexibility to complete courses in the time and place that works best for their schedule. And the great tuition rate helps it work within their budget.
The program is geared toward both military officers and civilians who hope to find work in—or advance their careers in—positions relating to national strategy and security policy. Courses in the Defense and Strategic Studies program are taught by a mix of research faculty continually developing new knowledge and professors of the practice with extensive hands-on experience.
Designed for quick completion, the program allows military officers who have completed their ILE (Intermediate Level Education) program to graduate in one year. Part-time students without military education can finish in two years.
The Harry S Truman School of Government and Public Affairs is proud to honor President Truman’s legacy of outstanding public service with each of our programs. One of the leading programs at the University of Missouri, the Truman School has been voted one of the best public affairs graduate schools by U.S. News for more than 25 years.
Also check out our fully online graduate certificate in Global Public Affairs, which provides students with comparative institutional and economic foundations, understanding of the complexities of governance and policymaking internationally, and academic knowledge relevant to global public affairs.
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