CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program

Programs of Study

The CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program is divided into two parts. Each part requires 12 months to complete.

  • The first year of study (Part 1) leads to a Graduate Certificate in WMD Studies.
    • Part 1 is fully funded for all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel. All others are responsible to arrange for funding through their respective agencies.
    • Acceptance into the Graduate Certificate Program does not require a commitment to continue to Part 2. 
  • Upon successful completion of the first year of study, the most competitive candidates may apply for the second year of study (Part 2), leading to the Master of Science degree in WMD Studies.
    • There is no requirement to submit a new application. Selection for Part 2 is competitive and is based on a review of academic performance during Part 1, along with an essay describing how the student's completion of Part 2 would be of value to the U.S. Government.

To view the CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program requirements please click here.

The Graduate Certificate in WMD Studies: Part 1

During Part 1, students will complete a year-long Graduate Certificate Program in WMD Studies. The Graduate Certificate Program consists of the following:

  • Colloquium I (3 credits): Scheduled for 16-20 August 2021.
    • Colloquium I is a strategic foundations course that provides context and lays important groundwork for understanding topics covered in the WMD Studies Graduate Certificate Program. Given the uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision of whether the Colloquium I will be conducted online or in-residence at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. will be announced when program selections are announced no later than 31 May 2021.
  • Four additional courses, all of which are available online (12 credits):
    • Nuclear Strategy & Arms Control
    • Chemical & Biological Warfare 
    • Counter-proliferation
    • Emerging Strategic Challenges or Instruments of State Power

Two of the four classes are taken each semester, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

Total: 15 credits


Master of Science in WMD Studies: Part 2

The most competitive candidates from Part 1 the Graduate Certificate Program may be selected to participate in Part 2, the Master of Science in WMD Studies program. The Master's Program is an additional year of in-residence study that consists of the following:

  • Colloquium II: (3 credits)
  • International Security Affairs, an intensive writing course (3 credits)
  • CWMD Fellowship Capstone course, which includes a Comprehensive Oral Examination (3 credits)
  • Internship in Defense and Strategic Studies (3 credits)

Elective courses are selected by the student from an approved list (9 credits).

Total: 24 credits in addition to the Graduate Certificate in WMD Studies.

Funding for Part 2 is done directly to Missouri State University by the student or the student's sponsoring agency.

Please visit the Applying to the Program page for more information and for instructions on how to apply.