The Department of Distance Education
The Department of Distance Education seeks to educate and develop leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of landpower.
The Distance Education Program (DEP) at the US Army War College allows you to participate in a two-year, rigorous program of instruction that results in the award of the same Graduation Certificate and the same fully-accredited Master of Strategic Studies degree awarded to graduates of our resident program. The DEP is also accredited by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a program for joint education, Phase I Senior Level (JPME I) and for selected students in Phase II Senior Level (JPME II). At last, you can receive at any duty station or remote location, the same high-quality instruction delivered here at Carlisle Barracks. The Distance Education Program allows you to work a regular full-time job and still make time for a War College degree. You will need to devote 15 hours each week to a program that is delivered to you via the Internet, one that leverages technology to enhance the educational experience. Under the "Curriculum" link to the left, you will find a brief overview of the program and many of the issues that are a part of our program of instruction.
The department also offers a four-month, online Defense Strategy Course (DSC), a ten-week, online Defense Planners Course (DPC), and a twelve-week, online Defense Strategy Foundation Course (DSFC). DSC is designed for majors and lieutenant colonels desiring to learn how the nation develops national security policy and strategy. DPC is designed for majors and lieutenant colonels (or equivalent level civilians) that operate in and conduct joint operational planning. DSFC is designed for GS 14 and 15 level civilians from the Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) focusing on the National Security Strategy policymaking process and the relationship of the national instruments of power to defense strategy. Please view the "Curriculum" link on the left and expand the "Defense Strategy Course", "Defense Planners Course", or "Defense Strategy Foundation Course" links at the bottom of the page to view more about these course offerings.
The DEP is designed to be provocative, demanding, and rigorous. You will be in a class of highly intelligent professionals who seek to hone their intellectual skills and professional competency. You will be challenged academically, but there are teams of trained professionals to assist you as you wrestle with many of the complex issues of today's global situation.
Your view of many issues may change as you work through the program. Here, there are at least two sides to every issue and often, there are no school solutions. Is this program for you? Do you want to know more? Click on the buttons above to learn more about this unique academic program!