3430 Military Science and Leadership

Program Offered:

  • Minor in Advanced Leadership and Management
    • Concentration in Human Behavior
    • Concentration in Military History
    • Concentration in Management
    • Concentration in National Security Studies

Department of Military Science and Leadership
120 Courtland Building

The Department of Military Science and Leadership, most often referred to as the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC), develops leadership and problem solving skills training, through hands-on training and classroom instruction by experienced, active-duty Army officers and non-commissioned officers. Students learn the necessary skills to become successful civilian or military professionals. Students apply leadership, organizational and personnel management skills in a variety of challenging environments. Qualified students may obtain a commission as a Second Lieutenant, with the opportunity to serve as either full time in the active Army, or full or part time in the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. Students may also compete for two, three, or four year ROTC scholarships.

The basic courses (MSL 1000 and 2000 series) are normally taken in the freshman and sophomore years. Contracted students in the basic course are paid $300-350 per month while enrolled. Successful completion of the basic course gives students the credentials necessary for enrollment in the advanced course. The advanced course (MSL 3000 and 4000 series) is taken during the final two years of college and includes an advanced summer training between the junior and senior years. Students in the advanced program are paid $450-500 per month while enrolled, and earn a salary for all summer internships.

Army ROTC offers opportunities for scholarships for the full amount of tuition and fees or for room and board up to $10,000. Students may apply for two, three and four year scholarships. Each contracted cadet receives a tax free allowance each month classes are in session. The allowance increases each year: $300 per month during the student’s freshman year, $350 per month during the sophomore year, $450 per month during the junior year, and $500 per month during the senior year. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. Family income has no bearing on eligibility for an award. For more details, contact the scholarship advisor at the ROTC department at 404/413-6492.


GSU Army ROTC also offers a unique scholarship opportunity for School of Nursing students. These scholarships cover full tuition, books and fees, and provide a monthly allowance. Two, three, and four-year scholarships are available for all qualified nursing majors. Contact the scholarship advisor at the ROTC department at 404/413-6492


Students with prior military experience can fulfill credit requirements for the ROTC basic course. If credit is granted, and provided the student is not on a three year Army ROTC scholarship, veterans may bypass the freshman and sophomore years of ROTC and enroll directly in the advance course. In addition to any financial assistance from ROTC veterans are still qualified to receive any and all GI Bill, Army College Fund, or VEAP benefits to which they are entitled.

Simultaneous Membership Program

Students my take advantage of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), which allows participation in ROTC and enlistment in the Army National Guard or Reserve at the same time. SMP students serve as officer trainees in a Guard or Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of Second Lieutenant. SMPs are paid at the rate of at least a Sergeant E-5 for Guard or Reserve service.

Program Degree Requirements

Minor in Advanced Leadership and Management

General Minor Requirements

  1. A cumulative Georgia State University grade-point average of 2.0.
  2. All courses for the minor must be taken at the 3000 level or above.
  3. No more than six hours may be taken in any department/school/institute.
  4. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.
  5. Completion of courses required for major.
  6. Minor courses cannot be from a major area.

Advanced Leadership and Management Requirements

  1. Acceptance into the program by the Professor of Military Science (PMS) and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) council.
  2. A grade-point average of 2.0 or higher in all military science courses.
  3. Must be enrolled in the Advanced Military Science program.
  4. Successful completion of Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC).
  5. Completion of Hist 3625 War in Europe and America Since 1500 (3)
  6. Select one course. (3)
  7. Select two courses. Only one course may be chosen from each concentration (6)
    1. Human Behavior Concentration
    2. Military History Concentration
      • HIST 3220 United States in the Twentieth Century (4)
      • HIST 3790 The Middle East since 1800 (4)
      • HIST 4230 Foreign Relations of the United States (4)
      • HIST 4600 Russia and the Soviet Union since 1861 (4)
      • HIST 4610 Modern Eastern Europe (4)
    3. Management Concentration
      • BCOM 3950 Fundamentals of Business Communication (3)
      • MGS 3400 Managing People in Organizations (3)
      • MGS 4470 Organizational Communication (3)
    4. National Security Studies Concentration

Students must complete one of the following programs of instruction to qualify for a commission in the U.S. Army:


  • MSL 1000-4000 level courses
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course (Ft. Lewis, WA – Summer)

Basic Progression:

  • Leader’s Training Course (Ft. Knox, KY – Summer)
  • MSL 3000-4000 level courses
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course (Ft. Lewis, WA – Summer)


  • 4 years of Junior ROTC
  • MSL 3000-4000 level courses
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course (Ft. Lewis, WA – Summer)

Prior Service:

  • Basic Training
  • MSL 3000-4000 level courses
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course (Ft. Lewis, WA – Summer)