Special-operations Master of Arts degree program accepting applications for 2011-2012 academic year


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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Feb. 11, 2011) — Army special-operations personnel may now apply to earn a Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies degree through the National Defense University over the 2011-2012 academic year.
In partnership with the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the NDU College of International Security Affairs will offer this fully accredited master's degree program on its Fort Bragg campus for the second straight year.
This program is open to personnel within the Army's active-duty Civil Affairs, Military Information Support Operations and Special Forces branches. All noncommissioned, warrant and commissioned officers with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution may apply.
Commissioned officers must be captains, majors or promotable majors. Warrant officers must be chief warrant officers 3 or 4. NCOs must be sergeants first class, master sergeants or sergeants major, and must not have more than 22 years of active federal service as of the day they would report to attend the program. Select civilian positions within the U.S. Special Operations Command are also eligible for this opportunity. To determine individual eligibility, interested employees should use the contact information at the bottom of this release.
Classes are scheduled to start in September 2011 and continue through graduation in June 2012. This is a fully funded, full-time program; the robust academic schedule does not accommodate additional duties.
The program's curriculum offers a strategic perspective on the global threat environment, the rise of newly empowered and politicized ideological movements, the relationship between political objectives, strategy, all instruments of national power, and the roles of power and ideology.
Through seminar participation, independent study and the research and writing of a thesis, students will develop strategies for working with other agencies, United States and members of the international coalition. Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning, the program prepares professionals to develop and implement national and international security strategies for conditions of peace, crisis and war.
  • Application packets are being accepted now, through March 4, 2011. Application packets must include:
  • An updated officer or enlisted record brief
  • Applicant's three most recent evaluation reports
  • National Defense University application, located at http://www.ndu.edu/cisa/index.cfm?secID=563&pageID=112&type=section
  • Complete college transcripts
  • Statement of purpose; minimum of 250 words, not to exceed 500 words
  • Letter of release signed by the first O-6 in the applicant's chain of command
Students who complete the master's degree program should be able to meet the following learning objectives:
  • Analyze the 21st-century geopolitical environment, characterized by the rise of non-state armed groups and the uneven erosion of state sovereignty.
  • Evaluate the roles of power and ideology, the rise of newly empowered and politicized ideological movements, and the bases for authority and legitimacy.
  • Understand the relationship between political objectives, strategy and all instruments of national power.
  • Develop skills to think critically and strategically, to differentiate between policy and analysis, and to apply knowledge to practice in collaborative and complex circumstances with diverse partners.
The SWCS Directorate of Regional Studies and Education is the point of contact for selection and accession into this program. For more information call (910) 432-4607.
This program mirrors the Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies degree offered at NDU’s main campus at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., which is available to personnel from U.S. departments and agencies, congressional staffs, and military and civilian representatives of the international community operating in the Washington, D.C. area.