Missouri State University

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Military Science Minor

Advanced Course

Going to the next level

Advanced course

The Advanced Course consists of two 300-level and two 400-level Military Science classes (see class descriptions below). Enrollment in all Advanced Course classes is by departmental permission. The primary objective of the Advanced Course is to prepare qualified college students for military service as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, and the Army Reserves. Students who are accepted into this program receive $450-$500 per month (tax-free) for 10 months of both their Junior and Senior years. Additionally, Advanced Course students attend a four-week Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC), normally in the summer between their Junior and Senior year. Students receive a salary while at training, have meals and housing provided by the Army, and receive paid travel to and from the training. Upon completion of the four Advanced Course classes, and a bachelor's degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Students may compete to fulfill their military service full time in the active component of the U.S. Army or opt to serve in the Reserve component of the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. 

All students in the Advanced Courses, prior to graduation, are required to take U.S. Military History, HST 315. Advanced Course students are also encouraged (but not required) to take a course in the fields of national security affairs and management, if their degree programs allow. Additionally, all Advanced Course students, ROTC Scholarship students, and contracted cadets must participate in a regularly scheduled physical fitness program and Leadership Labs.

MIL 225 and MIL 325 Fees

Students enrolling in MIL 225 and MIL 325 will be charged a flat fee of $150. This fee is in place of the per credit hour fee, not in addition to those fees.

Students seeking to complete the Advanced Courses need to take the following courses listed below:

  • MIL 301 Military Leadership and Operations
  • MIL 302 Military Skill Building
  • MIL 411 Military Qualification Skills for the Advanced Cadet
  • MIL 412 Transition from Cadet to Lieutenant