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Welcome to the Department of Distance Education

The Department of Distance Education (DDE) offers a blended online and resident phased Distance Education Program (DEP) at the US Army War College (USAWC). This program allows a student to participate in a two-year, rigorous program of instruction that results in the student earning a USAWC Diploma and a fully-accredited Master of Strategic Studies degree. The diploma and degree are the same as awarded to graduates of the USAWC’s Resident Education Program. You can complete the DEP at any duty station or remote location. The DEP allows you to work a regular full-time job and still make time for a USAWC education. You will need to devote 15 to 20 hours each week to the program that is delivered to you via the Internet. You will also have the opportunity to participate in two summer resident programs where you will participate in a seminar. DDE also offers a voluntary resident orientation weekend for new students.

The DEP is designed to be provocative, demanding, and rigorous. We focus on strategic issues that affect every aspect of national security. Our goal is to provide you with the intellectual tools to become a creative, critical thinker as you develop into a future strategic leader. 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 any of the buttons above to learn more about this unique academic program!

This is a challenging program; you will be in a class of highly motivated military officers, civilians, and international students who seek to hone their intellectual skills and professional competency. You will be challenged academically, but our team of educators will 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. In the pages that follow, you will be given 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). DSC is designed for majors and lieutenant colonels desiring to learn how the nation develops national security policy and strategy. Please see the "Program/Curriculum" tab above and then click on the link "Defense Strategy Course" at the left.