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Master of Arts in Military Studies

Please note: This program is no longer accepting new students.

The Master of Arts in Military Studies at Columbia College is a graduate degree program that provides a liberal arts education with a practical flair. It emphasizes the study of military affairs from the perspectives of traditional disciplines such as history, philosophy, and political science. It accentuates instruction on military leadership and biography, military organizations and civilian relations, peacekeeping, geopolitics, historiography, and applicable methodologies of the liberal arts.

The Military Studies (MAMS) courses constitute a set of learning experiences that best suit the professional aspirations and academic interests of the individual. They are designed primarily to facilitate career advancement for personnel in the U.S. armed services. The learning process culminates with the completion of a thesis in an area of concentration approved in electronic consultation with a faculty board. The breadth in the disciplinary coverage ensures that prospective graduate students will study the broad scope of military affairs.

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Degree Requirements

Required Graduate Foundation Courses 12 sem. hrs

  • MAMS 501 Introduction to Military Studies 3 hrs
  • MAMS 502 Great Leaders in U.S. Military History 3 hrs
  • MAMS 503 Just War Philosophy 3 hrs
  • MAMS 504 National Defense Policy 3 hrs

Checkpoint Experience 3 sem. hrs

  • MAMS 510 Military Studies Research 3 hrs

Graduate Electives (choose among the available options) 18 sem. hrs

  • MAMS 521 The Military Family 3 hrs
  • MAMS 531 Resiliency for the Military Profession 3 hrs
  • MAMS 541 Diversity in the American Military 3 hrs
  • MAMS 551 The Problem of Genocide 3 hrs
  • MAMS 561 Strategies of the Cold War 3 hrs
  • MAMS 571 The Military and the Media 3 hrs
  • MAMS 581 Economics of War and Defense 3 hrs
  • MAMS 520 The American Way of War 3 hrs

Culminating Experience 3 sem. hrs

  • MAMS 600 Military Studies Thesis (Capstone Course) 3 hrs
  • TOTAL 36 sem hrs


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