Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis

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Quick Info

  • All classes taken online
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
Next Session Start Date
Monday, September 3, 2018
Application Deadline
Monday, August 6, 2018

What you'll need »

A completed application includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) outlining your experience, prior learning, and educational/career objectives.
  • Resume or ERB
  • If applicable, official military training transcripts (Joint Services Transcript/CCAF), mailed to Norwich University
  • Official transcripts of all courses taken at regionally accredited colleges, mailed to Norwich University at P.O. Box 367, Northfield, VT 05663

For more information, visit our bachelor’s admissions pages.

Securing the Global Landscape

In order for nations to keep pace with the rapid evolution of global geopolitics and the corresponding defense needs therein, Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis (SSDA) program seeks to build multidimensional leaders with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills necessary to protect their countries and communities.

The program is specifically designed for active duty, Reserve and National Guard servicemen and servicewomen, and Marines assigned to or retired from one of the subordinate commands with the U.S. Special Operations Command and NATO Special Operations Forces.

Through the SSDA curriculum, you will apply your current and prior military experience and education to field exercises designed to help you develop your research, critical thinking, ethical decision making and leadership skills.

Why Norwich?

  • Transfer up to 90 semester credits and complete your degree in less than two years.
  • Take advantage of a wide array of highly relevant electives, including National Security Policy and Comparative Politics.
  • Through our flexible online platform, you can access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule and at your own pace each week.
  • Our experienced faculty of working experts provides unparalleled insight into defense strategy.
  • As the nation’s first military college, Norwich is proud to support you as you balance an active duty schedule with academic pursuits.

Career Preparation

If you are planning for or transitioning to a civilian career or want to advance within the military, Norwich’s Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis online bachelor’s program gives you the credentials, skills, and knowledge to assist you in achieving your professional goals. Your bachelor’s degree can help prepare you for numerous positions and opportunities such as military analyst, defense contractor, intelligence officer, security contractor, operations management, and key Department of Defense jobs, among others.

How to Get Started

Norwich is committed to helping you reach your academic and career goals. We can provide you with information on how to apply, how to manage your time, and how to get the books and materials you need for the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program. Let us help you get started.

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