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 (UTEP) offers the 100% online Master of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) degree as part of our National Security Studies Institute—an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE).This program 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 only two civilian graduate programs in the U.S. with a defense and military strategy focus and the only graduate degree 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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Affordable Degrees

Earn a quality education at a competitive cost. Financial aid and scholarships are available to help even more.

Flexible Format

Benefit from convenient and flexible class formats designed to help you cross the finish line at your own pace.

Student Support

Earn the same degree as your on-campus peers with unique support services, just for online students.

Relevant Coursework

Complete valuable coursework, directly related to the work you want to do in the real world.


Apply your efforts to a curriculum that will prepare you with valuable skills and help you earn an in-demand job.

High-Quality Education

Join a rigorous online program, taught by the same faculty with the same high-quality curriculum as your on-campus peers.

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