Master of Arts in Strategic Studies

18 Months

This program is six courses (36 credits), each of which is 11 weeks in length. Students master one course at a time, with each course building on the next to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics. The program culminates in a required one-week residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June.

The coursework will provide students with a broad exposure the relationship between politics and the various kinds of national power to better equip graduates with working collaboratively with agencies on matters of national security.

  • Theory and the International System

    GD510

    You will review the basic theories that govern international relations and political science. The course also traces the historical evolution of diplomacy within the international system, providing a sense of its progression and an awareness of the milestones of diplomatic interaction within that system.

    6
  • Economics and the International System

    GD530

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

    6

Meeting Change with Action

A world in turmoil demands decisive leadership. The need for skilled tacticians and strategic thinkers has never been greater, and the ability to back diplomacy with a standard of indisputable strength begets a tremendous opportunity for those with the vision to seize it. The Master of Arts in Strategic Studies program capitalizes upon Norwich University’s nearly 200-year tradition of grooming leaders in the military, public sector, and private industry. Students have the means to broaden their knowledge of global geopolitics, international diplomacy and military strategy—and thereby transform their careers. Whether they are looking to advance in their current line of work or transition to a new endeavor, the Master of Arts in Strategic Studies program is an essential building block for motivated individuals who seek to preempt change with innovation.

Graduates of the online Master of Arts in Strategic Studies program at Norwich University join a thriving network of highly motivated, successful and conscientious alumni who continue to shape the world in the image of Norwich’s sterling values. A master’s degree in Strategic Studies from Norwich University can open a number of doors, in relevant career paths with organizations including but not limited to:

  • U.S. Military
  • Department of Defense
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Security Agency
  • State Department
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Government and private think tanks
  • Private security firms
  • Defense contractors

Master of Arts in Strategic Studies Program Curriculum

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In order for the United States to anticipate and influence future events, both domestic and international, it is necessary for its military personnel to approach tactical and strategic planning from a proactive rather than reactive point of view. Norwich University’s online Master of Arts in Strategic Studies program is designed for current and former military personnel of all uniformed branches and is intended to expand upon students’ educational and military experience with challenging graduate-level courses that focus on ends, ways and means as well as the challenges of nesting supporting objectives.

Coursework equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake the evolving mission of the United States military, as well as to collaborate with agencies outside the Department of Defense on matters of national security. Under the tutelage of skilled faculty, you can use our flexible online platform to explore the unique relationship between politics and national power, from the application of democracy to the threatened use of military action and beyond. The program culminates in a capstone project designed to help you synthesize the principles and objectives of the program and apply your theoretical and methodological skills to real-world affairs.

 

Master of Arts
  • Students complete all course offerings.
1 Week 1 Week Residency Visit campus for culminating experience 15 Students 15 Students Maximum number of students per class 18 Months 18 Months Average time to program completion Next Start Date 8 June Next Start Date App Deadline 11 May Application Deadline Why Norwich?
  • Learn how to apply your knowledge to comprehensive national security solutions.
  • As the nation’s first military college, Norwich is proud to support you as you balance an active duty schedule with academic pursuits.
  • Coursework is rigorous, relevant and immediately applicable to your career.
  • Flexible online platform offers you ability to complete coursework that fits your schedule.
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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

 

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At a Glance

  • Undergraduate degree in related field
  • Current or prior military service
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

Contact Admissions

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Extended hours available by appointment

 

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Current or prior military service
  • A bachelor's degree in one of the following areas:
    • National Security Studies
    • Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis
    • Studies in War and Peace
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Management Studies (with a Strategic Studies concentration)
    • Or a related area
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university, mailed to the address below.
  • Official military training transcripts (Joint Services Transcript/CCAF), mailed to the address below.
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

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Mail transcripts to:
Norwich University
College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
ATTN: MASS
P.O. Box 367
Northfield, VT 05663

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-866-684-7237
Email: learn@norwich.edu

Overview

The Master of Arts in Strategic Studies program is an investment in your future that we can help you manage from a financial perspective. We work with military personnel each day to help them maximize their benefits. There are many ways to get financial assistance and several financial strategies that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. We are here to help you identify and pursue the options that are best for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $689
2020-21 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs
Term
$689
$4,134

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time

$27,204

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Scholarship Opportunities

Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.

Achievement Scholarship

Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient. 

Norwich Alumni Scholarship

Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.

Active Duty Military Scholarship

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.

 

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