CGSC Student Achievement

CGSC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to grant the Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) to qualified graduates of the Command and General Staff Officers' Course (CGSOC), Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP), and Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP). Additionally, HLC accredits two graduate certificate programs: CGSOC's Common Core and CGSOC's Advanced Operations Course.

As a member institution of the Higher Learning Commission, CGSC is fully committed to transparency in reporting student achievement to internal and external stakeholders. What follow are retention rates, completion rates, and graduate placement rates for those CGSC graduate-level programs with the authority to grant a masters degree or certificate.

For Academic Year 2019-2020
As reported to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in CGSC’s Institutional Update submitted in April 2021
Starting Enrollment
(15 Sep 19)
Degrees/Certificates Awarded
(01JUL19-30JUN20)
Completion/Retention Rate Graduate Placement Rate
(1) CGSC MASTER'S DEGREE Programs (MA, MMAS, and MOS)
(a) MA degrees in Military Operations earned by Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) students [Note 1] 143 141 99% 100%
(b) MA degrees in Strategic Studies earned by Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP) students [Note 1] 16 16 100% 100%
(c) MMAS degrees earned by eligible Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) students at CGSS, Fort Leavenworth, KS [Note 2] 203 132 65% 100%
(d) MMAS degrees earned by eligible Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) students at WHINSEC SPME, Fort Benning, GA [Note 2] 25 25 100% 100%
(e) MOS degrees earned by eligible Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) students at CGSS, Fort Leavenworth, KS Future Program (starts in Academic Year 2020-2021)
(f) MOS degrees earned by eligible Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) students at WHINSEC SPME, Fort Benning, GA Future Program (starts in Academic Year 2020-2021)
 
(2) Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) GRADUATE CERTIFICATE Programs
(a) Resident CGSOC Common Core Course at Fort Leavenworth 1133 1112 98% 100%
(b) Resident CGSOC Common Core Course at WHINSEC, Fort Benning 67 62 93% 100%
(c) Resident CGSOC Common Core Course at CGSS Satellite Campuses [Note 3] 1154 1144 99% 100%
(d) Non-resident CGSOC Common Core Course via Distance Learning (DL) [Note 4] 3457 676 20% 100%
(e) Non-resident CGSOC Common Core Course via USAR School (TASS) [Note 4] 1615 732 45% 100%
(f) Resident Advanced Operations Course at Fort Leavenworth 1133 1112 98% 100%
(g) Resident Advanced Operations Course at WHINSEC, Fort Benning 67 62 93% 100%
(h) Non-resident Advanced Operations Course via Distance Learning (DL) [Note 4] 833 805 97% 100%
 
(3) CGSC BACHELOR’S DEGREE Program (BA)
(a) BA degrees in Leadership & Workforce Development earned by Resident Sergeants Major Course (SMC) students 357 259 73% 100%
(b) BA degrees in Leadership & Workforce Development earned by Distance Learning (DL) Sergeants Major Course (SMC) students Future Program (start date TBD)

Notes:
[1] All graduates of AMSP and ASLSP at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Fort Leavenworth, earn MA degrees.
[2] Resident CGSOC students at the Command and General Staff School (CGSS), Fort Leavenworth, and the School for Professional Military Education (SPME), Fort Benning, are considered enrolled in the CGSC MMAS program upon submission of a revised prospectus, approved by their committee chair.
[3] The starting enrollment number for CGSS Satellite Campuses is for all of AY 19-20, not just on 15 Sep as the column header indicates. Total enrollment for the AY is needed to correlate with the total number of degrees/certificates awarded for the AY, as shown in the next column.
[4] Most students enrolled in non-resident CGSOC Common Core programs graduate in one academic year:
  - Common Core via DL has no time constraints, but students may lose credit for completed work after 2 years.
  - Common Core via TASS typically takes 12-13 months (1 IADT/2 ADT periods) to complete, but can take longer.
  - The Common Core is a 3-phase course that can be completed solely through DL or TASS, or a combination of both modes. Accordingly, non-resident Common Core DL and TASS graduation rates should be reviewed for trends over time since enrollment and completion cycles do not follow a conventional academic calendar – exacerbated by COVID-19.

Explanation for these relatively high retention, completion, and placement percentages:

  • Students from the Armed Services and U.S. governmental agencies attend CGSC courses as part of their natural career progression. CGSC does not recruit students, accept Title IV financial aid, or market its programs.
  • Students pay no tuition and receive full salaries for their government service (benefits included).
  • CGSC graduate degree and graduate-level certificate programs are 10-18 months in duration. CGSC enrolls students for the full length of their respective programs. Consequently, retention and completion rates tend to be the same.
  • All graduates are assigned to positions upon CGSC course completion based on the requirements of their Armed Service or government agency.

Point of Contact for this information is Office of the Registrar, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Lewis and Clark Center, Room 4502, 100 Stimson Avenue, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027.