Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis Admissions

Eligibility Requirements

  • An associate degree or a minimum of 60 credits from a combination of:
    • Prior college courses, completed with a grade of C or better, from regionally or nationally accredited institutions of higher learning, or the equivalent from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
    • ACE-reviewed military or professional training for which college credits are recommended.*
    • Other military or professional training reviewed by Norwich University for which college credit has been assessed, or is stipulated in an MOU.
    • Credit recommended based on scores on standardized tests such as CLEP.
  • Military service as soldier, member of the National Guard, sailor, airman or Marine in the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), its subordinate and sub-unified commands, or NATO Special Operations Forces.
    • For service members, the program is tailored to those who have successfully completed one of the following: the U.S. Army’s Civil Affairs Qualification Course (38), Military Information Support Operations (37), Special Forces (18), Warrant Officer (180), MOS courses, or related occupations.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) on the TOEFL is required unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.**
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.**
    • Successful completion of an associate’s degree from an accredited U.S. higher education institution.
  • Proficiency in basic college-level math, science and writing demonstrated by prior successful completion of general education equivalent, or by prior approved training. Courses in these areas are offered for students who may need them.

*Prospective students who have completed military or professional training that has not been ACE reviewed may petition the Chair of Continuing Studies to have their training reviewed and assessed for transfer credit.

Please Note: All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs).

Admissions Process

To apply, you must submit the following no less than four weeks prior to your desired start date:

  • Application form
  • Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) outlining your SOF experience, prior learning, and educational/career objectives.
  • Resume or ERB
  • Official military training transcripts (Joint Services Transcript/CCAF), mailed to the address below. For NATO SOF, the official military training transcripts for your home country are required.
  • Official transcripts of all courses taken at regionally accredited colleges, mailed to the address below.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL).

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Mail transcripts to:
Norwich University
College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
ATTN: SSDA
P.O. Box 367
Northfield, VT 05663

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-866-684-7237
Email: ssda@online.norwich.edu