Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis

Capitalizing on an Elite Education

As the nation’s first military college, Norwich University has a near 200-year legacy of producing graduates who are proud, principled leaders in the military, business, government, and communities worldwide. Now more than ever, academic credentials are critical components for career advancement within the military and retirement transition. The strategic studies and defense analysis online program makes use of our flexible virtual learning platform to help you complete your formal education and supplement your valuable Special Operations Forces training. Whether you are hoping to advance within your command, or transition to a new career outside the military, Norwich is here to serve, support and challenge you ever step of the way.

It is not surprising that Norwich University’s first online degree completion program, the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis, is offered exclusively to active duty, retired, and reserve military personnel who are assigned to USSOCOM. The online SSDA degree completion program was inspired to capitalize on the unique experiences and training of SOF (Special Operations Forces) at the Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg, NC, and to complement them, helping our students complete their formal education and prepare them for the future - whether it’s advancement within their command or transitioning to a new career in the private sector or public service.

Career Outcomes

Norwich’s Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis (SSDA) program is home to Special Forces leaders from around the world, in all branches of the military. The program’s innate flexibility and dedicated faculty of experts have made it possible for you to complete your degree while serving active duty in the military. No matter your ambitions, the SSDA program helps qualify you for a wide variety of career options.

Many graduates find the SSDA program so rewarding that they continue on to pursue one of Norwich University’s online master’s degrees. In a recent survey*, more than half of the SSDA alumni respondents indicated they had already started their master’s with Norwich.

Where Our Graduates Work

A number of attractive career paths may be considered by members of Special Operations armed with a degree in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. In a recent survey, 86% of our graduate respondents said they feel their Norwich education gives them a competitive edge in the job market.

Examples of Career Paths

  • Deputy of Operations
  • Policy Analyst
  • Military Consultant
  • Operations & Logistics Manager
  • Program Analyst
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Strategic Planner
  • Protective Agent
  • Investigative Research Analyst
  • Technical Security Lead
  • Training & Development Coordinator
  • Special Forces Intelligence Analyst
  • Principal Network Warfare Analyst
  • Special Forces Warrant Officer
  • Irregular Warfare Analyst

Types of Employers

  • U.S. Army
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • DoD Overseas Contractor
  • Federal Government
  • Management Consulting Firms
  • NGOs & International Aid Organizations
  • Government and Private Think Tanks
  • Defense Contractors
  • Private Security Firms
  • Education & Training Firms
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • State & Municipal Law Enforcement
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Technology Companies
  • U.S. Navy

*Source: Norwich University Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis, fielded in March 2014.