National Security Studies

National Security Studies logo with red eagle National Security Studies (NSS) is a premier professional development program for senior civilian and military executives in both the public and private sectors. The Maxwell School of Syracuse University has provided this program to participants since 1996 with a concentration on developing their management, leadership, and decision-making competencies.  This is done in the form of a two-week management course conducted each spring at Syracuse University.  The course is for mid-level and senior-level managers.  The National Security Studies Program offers a unique curriculum designed for each course at which distinguished guest speakers and members of the Syracuse University faculty interact with participants in the form of lectures, extended discussions, case studies, simulations and historical staff rides.  The goal of the program is to address lessons of history and issues of contemporary relevance to national security.

NSS is a fully accredited OPM executive development program that has been and continues to be included for credit as a developmental opportunity as part of the SES Candidate Development Programs.  NSS is recognized for credit by the Department of Defense, DOD Agencies, the Military Departments and other Federal Agencies to whom the program has been opened.  The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is an accredited institution of higher learning, and the NSS program is a recognized and qualified Executive Leadership Program within the school.  An NSS participant is eligible for graduate credit if he/she completes our two-week National Security Management Course (NSMC), then pursues three credits by writing and submitting an approved topic in the form of a written paper.

General Colin Powell and Colonel Bill Smullen

The three credits are awarded through the Department of Public Administration at the Maxwell School, rated the number one school of public administration in the nation.  The Department and School are members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), a recognized professional body that reviews and accredits graduate degree programs in public administration.  Additionally, Syracuse University is a member of the Middle State Association (MSA), a regional academic accreditation organization.

Over the time the program has resided at Syracuse University, over 2000 people have participated in the NSS program.  Each has received a Certificate of Completion signed by the Maxwell Dean and Program Director.