Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis

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Quick Info

Named a US News & World Report Best Online bachelor’s degree program.

Next Session Start Date
Monday, August 28, 2017
Application Deadline
Friday, August 4, 2017

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

Prospective students typically have one week past the application deadline to submit all pieces to be considered complete.

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

From the Field to the Classroom

Specially designed for active duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines assigned to or retired from one of the subordinate commands within the U.S. Special Operations Command, and NATO Special Operations Forces, the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program focuses on strategies for improving the security, external relationships, and overall well-being of communities and countries. Students gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to develop these strategies through a comprehensive curriculum that builds on their military education and experience, enabling them to apply what they learn in class to initiatives and field exercises related to their current or past areas of deployment.

Students are taught by a highly knowledgeable faculty that includes the former assistant provost of the Naval Postgraduate School, retired military officers, and defense strategy experts from across the globe. Research, critical thinking, ethical decision making, and leadership skills are fostered and woven throughout the curriculum, giving students the tools they need to advance within the military or transition to a new career.

As part of their final program requirements, students complete a series of in-depth, independent research projects on a country or region of their choosing. Based on their research, students develop recommendations for improving conditions in their selected area that take into consideration the historical, political, cultural, and economic influences at play. In addition to its relevant application in the field, the research findings contribute to the military’s body of knowledge of regions around the globe.

The Norwich Advantage

  • You can transfer up to 90 semester credits into the program and complete your bachelor’s degree in less than two years.
  • Your coursework will be informed by your current or past areas of military deployment, and will offer new perspectives on them.
  • 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.
  • Faculty members bring their extensive professional experience and knowledge into the virtual classroom, giving you uncommon insight into the ins and outs of defense strategy.
  • As the nation’s first private military college, Norwich understands the challenge of balancing an active duty schedule with academic pursuits. Our flexible bachelor’s degree completion program is delivered online for anywhere/anytime learning.
  • Whether you need help finding the right research materials or balancing program requirements with your work and family responsibilities, Norwich is here to assist and support you from program start to finish.

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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