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Military, Security and Strategic Studies

Master of Strategic Studies (MSS)

Course-based program

Program overview

This course-based master’s program combines a strong military-oriented, liberal arts core with opportunities to study more technical subject matter, placing the technicalities of war and defence-related subjects, past and present, within the context of the overall human experience. With flexible programs, leading scholars in a variety of disciplines, and generous funding opportunities, we strive to ensure students at the university’s Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies achieve success in their pursuits.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Classics of Strategy, Advanced Analysis of International Relations and Strategic Studies.

  • Block Week Course: Students will complete Military and Strategic Studies: Questions and Methods in the week preceding their first term.

  • Additional Courses: May include arctic security, Canadian military studies, U.S. security, ethics and morality, intelligence, and other topics.

  • Cooperative Education: Students complete an eight-month work placement in the second year, in place of three non-core courses.



Banking, Police Service, Government, Military Procurement, Oil and Gas, NATO, Advocacy Groups.

A course-based master’s degree in military and strategic studies is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

Three core courses and nine electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; six years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 point system.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples

  • A writing sample



Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Centre for Military, Security & Strategic Studies

Social Sciences 856
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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