Military Science Studies

Military science is an elective managerial training program designed to develop college men and women for positions of leadership and responsibility as junior officers in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard, or for subsequent managerial careers in civilian industry. Its curriculum encourages reflective thinking, goal setting, and problem solving through an interdisciplinary study of leadership and managerial principles. Specifically the program is structured to develop skills in the following areas: interpersonal-motivation, decision making, communication and general supervision. Compatible with any academic major, the program enhances the student’s development in college and is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

The Army ROTC Program offers two-, three- and four-year programs of instruction. The program itself is essentially divided into two parts: the basic course (1000- to 2000-level courses) and the advanced course (3000- to 4000-level courses). The basic course, normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years, is designed to familiarize the student with the military, the role of an Army officer and the fundamentals of effective leadership. It is open to all students, and incurs no obligation whatsoever. Thus, it affords an opportunity to see what ROTC is all about, at the same time qualifying one to enter the advanced course.

It is the advanced course, however, which represents the real officer development portion of ROTC. While the basic course provides fundamental knowledge in leadership, the advanced course refines and further develops managerial talents through leadership seminars and extensive practical application. Additionally, the student develops basic military skills common to the Army. Students successfully completing the advanced course will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard. Students desiring active duty must first complete their baccalaureate degree. Admission into the advanced course is by Military Science Department approval.

Students with prior military service, Reserve/National Guard service or four years of high school JROTC, however, may be given equivalency credit for the basic course and allowed to proceed directly into the advanced course. Likewise, other students are afforded the same opportunity for the two-year program through an accelerated six-week summer program in lieu of the basic course. All ROTC students are eligible to compete for two- and three-year scholarships. Advanced course students receive $150 a month for a living allowance.

Prior to commissioning, all contracted cadets must complete at least one undergraduate course from each of the following three fields of study: written/oral communication, military history and computer literacy. (See the military science department for a list of UNO courses which satisfy this requirement.)


The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program was established at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in July 1975, when an agreement between Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Department of the Army was signed. This agreement affords UNO students the opportunity to participate in the Army ROTC Program at Creighton University.

The department of military science, an accredited instructional department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton. The department functions in accordance with the academic standards and policies of Creighton University and the Department of the Army, and adheres to the rules of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the administration of the program for UNO students.

Army Reserve/Army National Guard Program

Students who are members of the Army Reserve or National Guard and who have attained sophomore status may enroll in the ROTC advanced course without taking any basic course classes. They must graduate not later than eight months after commissioning.

Those students qualifying for this two-year program may receive $150 per month for a living allowance and will also receive 50 percent tuition assistance if in the Army National Guard.

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