Military Science students participate in the program while completing degrees in their chosen fields. In some degree programs, Military Science courses can be used to fulfill social science or elective credit requirements. Any student with at least four semesters of school remaining is eligible to apply.
Minor: Military Science
For more information, see our Undergraduate Catalog.
There are three avenues for completing the program:
- Freshman/sophomore - complete the basic course.
- Pre-junior year - you're contracted.
- Junior/senior - complete the advanced course.
- Summer between junior/senior year - attend Operation Warrior Forge: The Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).
- For those who want to join after their sophomore year (undergrad or grads with at least four semesters of school remaining).
- Prior to final four semesters - you're conditionally contracted and attend Leader's Training Course (LTC: a paid four-week training course held at Fort Knox, KY).
- Following completion of LTC, you're contracted and admitted to the advanced course.
- Prior to graduation - attend Operation Warrior Forge: The Leadership Development and Assessment Course.
Prior Military Service
- If you have qualified prior service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, you may be eligible for placement in the advanced course without the basic course/LTC prerequisite. In addition, Army National Guard and Army Reserve students/soldiers may join ROTC their junior year and earn additional money as a cadet.
- The curriculum - our program has these primary components:
- Basic - MSL 101/102 (1-credit courses) and MSL 201/202 (2-credit courses) - a study of current military issues, the role of officers in the Army, the history of military service and map reading.
- Advanced - MSL 301/302/401/402 (4-credit courses): a study of interpersonal skills, Army officer ranks and responsibilities, and leadership techniques.
- Fitness training.
- Once-a-month leadership labs for practical training.
Leadership Development & Assessment Course
All contracted student cadets attend this paid four-week training event in Fort Lewis, WA, usually between their junior and senior years, or the summer after graduation, depending on your entry into the program.
Special arrangements are available for students interested in a career in Army Nursing. In addition, the Army awards numerous scholarships each year to students pursuing graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry and optometry. ROTC enrollment is viewed in the scholarship selection progress.