The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Graduate Fellowship Program


At no time in the nation’s history has the need for federal employees who understand WMD and WMD-like events been clearer than it is today. In response to the present crisis, the National Defense University's Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Graduate Fellowship Program is offering an opportunity for Department of Defense and interagency employees, both uniformed and civilian, to earn a Graduate Certificate or a Master of Science degree in Weapons of Mass Destruction Studies.

Each year, a small group of highly qualified public servants are admitted to this challenging but rewarding program. The program is undertaken almost entirely during non-work hours with the permission of one’s supervisory chain, and most of it is available online. The program is rigorous and includes 36 semester hours of coursework with associated research and writing requirements. Its uniqueness is found in the breadth and depth of WMD-related issues it explores at the nexus of policy with science and technology.


Leveraging Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Expertise

The curriculum and coursework is designed to bridge the professional gap between CWMD technical and policy fields. To tailor this program to meet DoD educational needs, the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction delivers a specialized CWMD-related education that is only available through U.S. Government channels. Through the CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program, students will access classified materials, attend site visits to WMD-related facilities, and receive lectures from U.S. Government practitioners and subject matter experts that introduce tools that move beyond the theoretical. The program, which started in 2012, has produced over 100 graduates, many of whom have found the program to be not only a solid foundation upon which to build enhanced professional expertise but also as a springboard for future personal success.


To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply to this program please visit the Applying to the Program. For more detailed information regarding the program structure and curriculum, please visit the Program of Study page.

If you have any additional questions about the program or application process, please contact the Program Delivery Specialist, Ms. Brianna Harwart at