DEFM500 Military Leadership (3 semester hours)

A study of military leadership based upon the careers of selected military officers. The topics examined include: strategic and tactical vision, battlefield competence, force utilization, morale building, and post-war reconstruction.

DEFM510 Strategic Planning in the Military and Governmental Agencies (3 semester hours)

This course is designed for the participant who wants to understand staff/leadership positions within large complex organizations. The core of the course is found at the intersection of strategic leadership, strategic planning, and strategic decision making. The course has a national strategic perspective, with an emphasis on military and United States government planning, leadership and decision-making, but the essential elements to be discussed are also applicable to non-military, non-governmental activities.

DEFM531 Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (3 semester hours)

This course is a study in realistic scenario-based learning, where students work in teams to practice developing sound business solutions. Student course work is designed to contribute solutions to senior leadership and local supervisors and to provide resources for the contracting career field via a course community-of-practice.

DEFM540 Program and Acquisition Management (3 semester hours)

This course is a detailed and practical examination of DOD acquisition regulations and procedures. Duties and responsibilities of the Program Manager at each point in the systems acquisition process continuum will be stressed.

DEFM541 Defense Management Ethics (3 semester hours)

This course focuses on studies in the ethical dimension of military and defense leadership and command, while examining the development of character for today's leader. Selected readings and assignments will guide the student in assessing the appropriate management of both civilians and troops in peacetime and combat situations.

DEFM550 Program Manager's Skills (3 semester hours)

This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Tools and concepts such as project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure, project estimating, and scheduling methodologies are studied. No prerequisite.

DEFM551 Executive Program Manager's Decision Making Skills (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to meet the learning and performance needs of newly selected PEO’s, DPEO’s, and ACAT I and II Program Managers and Deputy Program Managers. Skills and behaviors are developed through a concentrated study of cases, role playing and scenario analysis. Prerequisite: DEFM550.

DEFM698 Comprehensive Examination in Defense Management (0 semester hours)

Comprehensive final examination for students in the Master of Arts in Military Studies with a Major in Defense Management program. IMPORTANT: You must have COMPLETED all other courses in the program and have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for this course. As a Defense Management student, you must pass this comprehensive exam in order to have your degree conferred. The comprehensive exam must be taken by the course end date or a failing grade will be posted. If you fail your first course attempt to pass the comprehensive exam, you will need to get approval to register for a second attempt of the course and BOTH final course grades will show in your transcript.