The overriding objective of the curricula is to provide students with the analytical skills and critical thinking ability to solve problems and make decisions they confront in both operational and staff jobs. Students may design their own concentrations to meet their organizations’ unique staffing and operational needs. International officers in the Resource Planning and Management for International Defense curriculum blend courses from the Graduate School of Business & Public Policy and the National Security Affairs Department into an integrated Defense Resource program of study.
Defense Management (Curriculum 809)
This interdisciplinary curriculum integrates within the defense context course-work in accounting, economics, mathematics, communications, management theory, and operations/systems analysis. As a result, students develop the analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills not only to understand and critically assess the processes by which management in a defense organization is accomplished, but also to manage and allocate wisely defense resources, evaluate written research, and analyze products of others throughout their careers.
Defense Systems Management International (Curriculum 818)
This curriculum is designed for international students. It provides international officers with the core MBA interdisciplinary techniques of quantitative problem-solving methods, management theory, management science, economic analysis, and financial management. These skills enable the officers to manage and allocate defense resources, evaluate written research, and analyze products of others throughout their careers. The curriculum will further provide the officers with the specific functional skills required for effective leadership and defense resources management.