Online Master of Defense and Strategic Studies

Connect to a background in military strategy and national security with an MDSS online.

Earn Your Master’s in Defense and Strategic Studies Online

The University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) 100% online Master of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) degree is tailored to improve the competence of military and civilian personnel engaged in strategic planning and operations across various functional areas.

Further your knowledge of the following critical areas:

  • National security and modern warfare
  • Military strategy and current defense issues
  • Regional security and future conflict

Taught by faculty with professional and academic backgrounds in all aspects of national security, our Master of Defense and Strategic Studies degree program is one of the only graduate degrees of its kind in the U.S. offered completely online at a public research university. This program is available on the Academic Common Market (ACM).*

*If you are a resident in one of the states that participate in the ACM, you MAY qualify for in-state tuition for this program while residing outside of Texas. For more information, you must contact the ACM Coordinator of the state in which you are residing. For contact info by state, please visit

Bachelor’s degree is required to apply.

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#1 University in El Paso

Best college, best value college and best professors (Niche).

Best University for Career Outcomes in El Paso

Highest average earnings and job placement rates (U.S. Department of Education).

100% Online

The flexible, fully online learning environment helps you advance your education while maintaining your current commitments.

Top 4.5% of Universities in the Country

Out of 2,800+ four-year universities, UTEP is one of 131 in the highest classification for research (R1 for top tier doctoral university with very high research activity).

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)

With a student body that is 83% Hispanic, UTEP stands out as an HSI — one of 569 in the country. Plus, it’s one of only 19 HSIs designated as an R1 top tier research university.

Low Out-of-Pocket Costs

Out of all U.S. doctoral research institutions, UTEP boasts one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs. More than $221 million is awarded in financial aid each year.

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