A graduate of the Professional Science Master’s Degree Program in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (GWM) will have developed a broad-based technical knowledge of all aspects of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).They will have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent research in a specialized area of combating WMD matters.
Professional Science Master’s Degrees:
Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degrees are recognized by the American Council of Graduate Schools. There are nearly 100 PSM degree programs currently being offered in Graduate Schools throughout the country. There is a wide variation with curriculum and structure among PSM programs but some common themes applicable to this program are:
Program Educational Objectives
Developing a student that is an expert at the postgraduate level in all three areas of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons is not feasible. No student will have the necessary prerequisites to successfully take sufficiently advanced courses in all three fundamental areas. Instead, the approach of this program is two-fold. One is to develop a graduate who has developed a basic knowledge and comprehension level (as in Bloom’s hierarchy of learning) understanding of each area. The second is to develop a graduate who is an expert in a specific area of WMD technology. They will demonstrate the full spectrum of cognitive learning of application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation through a Master’s research project.
The GWM program is conducted over 6 academic quarters. All students will take a series of broadening courses designed to develop a broad understanding of combating weapons of mass destruction. These will primarily be taken in the first quarter of the program. This first quarter is the same as the AFIT Graduate Certificate program in Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. The certificate program consists of the following courses: