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Defense Security Service

Webster University's transfer credit degree program with the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Security Service (DSS) Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) Education Division courses provides pre-approved graduate transfer credit for DSS/CDSE resident graduates to transfer up to 15 credit hours of graduate transfer credits. The credit can be applied to Masters programs in the Walker School of Business & Technology and select programs in the College of Arts and Sciences including the MS in Criminal Justice, MS in Environmental Management, MA in Gerontology, MA in Human Services, MA in International Relations, MA in Legal Studies, MA in National Security Studies, and the MS in Science Management and Leadership. Transfer work can be used as either core courses or elective courses, depending on program requirements. Some programs may accept fewer credits based on specific degree requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Completion of specific DSS/CDSE resident courses identified below.
  2. Application and admission to one of the Webster University graduate programs listed above following prescribed admission procedures.


  1. Submission of an official transcript showing completion of the DSS/CDSE specific course.
  2. Submission of an official transcript showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution.

Transfer Credit Awarded

Pre-approved Course Substitutions: The following courses from the DSS/CDSE program are pre-approved course substitutions for specific Webster courses. Webster courses do not substitute to the DSS/CDSE program.

Approved Webster University Transfer Credits
(Up to a maximum of 15 credit hours)
Transfer Credit Awarded for DSS/CDSE
SECR 5080 Information Systems Security
ITM 5600 Information and Communications Security
CSSS 5110 Cybersecurity Communications
ED 501 Security as an Integral Part of DoD Programs or
ED 510 The Future of Security Systems and Cybersecurity
3 Credits
BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers ED 505 Budgeting and Financial Management for Security Programs 3 Credits
CSSS 5990 Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity ED 514 Cybersecurity and Oversight of Information System Security 3 Credits
Graduate Elective Course

ED 502 Organizational Considerations in Applying Security within the Federal and DoD Bureaucracy 3 Credits
ED 504 Understanding Adversaries and Threats to the United States and the DoD 3 Credits
ED 601 Statutory, Legal, and Regulatory Basis of DoD Security Programs 3 Credits
ED 506 Human Resource Management for DoD Security Green Square 3 Credits
ED 507 Managing a DoD Installation Security Program 3 Credits
ED 508 Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Reporting to Support DoD Security Programs 3 Credits
ED 509 Assessment and Evaluation of DoD Security Programs 3 Credits
ED 511 Leadership in DoD Security 3 Credits
ED 512 Effective Communication in DoD Security 3 Credits
Maximum Transfer Credit Awarded                                                                             15 Credits


                                                                                                                                                       Updated March 10, 2020


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