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2014-15 second edition, Nov 2014

Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD)

Graduate programs

Graduate Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD)

This program operates in Fairfax, Virginia, and is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Program Description

The Department of Defense and Strategic Studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) designed for mid-career professionals.  The Graduate Certificate in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) is intended for those who have a defined but compressed period of time for their education, yet desire advanced study of major defense and strategic issues to further their career.  Prospective students may enroll in the fall, spring, or summer semester.  Once admitted, they must complete 15 credit hours selected from the list below in order to receive the Certificate.  Students may attend full-time (3 seminars per semester) or part-time (1 or 2 seminars per semester).  

Entrance Requirements

The candidate must have a bachelors degree and be admitted to the Missouri State University Graduate CWMD Certificate Program. Enrollment for each course must be approved by the professor.

Coursework to total 15 hours

  • DSS 601   Seminar on Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control
  • DSS 723   Counterproliferation
  • DSS 725    Instruments of State Power OR DSS 722   Emerging Strategic Challenges
  • DSS 727    Chemical and Biological Warfare OR DSS 737 Advanced Chemical and Biological Warfare
  • DSS 798   Seminar on Contemporary Defense Issues:  CWMD Graduate Fellows Colloquium (for NDU Fellows only) OR DSS 710   Seminar on International Terrorism and Security (for all other CWMD Certificate students)