Contract with Department of Defense expands graduate program
Missouri State University’s College of Humanities and Public Affairs (CHPA) was recently awarded a 5-year, $2.5 million contract from the U. S. Department of Defense (DOD).
The contract is for CHPA’s department of defense and strategic studies (DSS), located in the Washington, D.C. area, to work in conjunction with the National Defense University to provide graduate courses for up to 48 mid-career DOD students to earn the Master of Science in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Studies.
The contract will help to fund at least two new courses, several new adjunct faculty members and additional sections of existing defense and strategic studies courses designated for the new National Defense University students, according to DSS Department Head Keith Payne.
Payne has been in discussions regarding this project with the National Defense University for more than a year, and led the writing and completion of the proposal process.
“Multiple universities in the Washington, D.C. area were eligible to bid on this project,” said Payne. “The program is scheduled to begin this fall semester. When fully subscribed in the fall semester 2013, it will bring the number of DSS graduate students to approximately 125, making DSS one of the largest and most recognized programs of its kind in the country.”College of Humanities and Public Affairs
The College of Humanities and Public Affairs offers 16 undergraduate, eight graduate and six certificate programs. Departments in the college include criminology, defense and strategic studies, economics, history, military science, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology and anthropology. The department of defense and strategic studies is housed in the Washington, D.C. area. The college helps students understand social, political and legal structures, ethical principles, religious systems, and economic institutions and practices within a global, historical, and contemporary context. About Missouri State University
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