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 2017-2018
As reported to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in CGSC’s AY 2018-2019 Institutional Update (March 2019)
Starting Enrollment Degrees/Certificates Awarded Completion/Retention Rate Graduate Placement Rate
(1) CGSC MASTER'S DEGREE Programs (MA and MMAS)
(a) MA degrees in Military Operations earned by Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) students 142 * 141 99.3% 100%
(b) MA degrees in Strategic Studies earned by Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP) students 17 * 17 100% 100%
(c) MMAS degrees earned by eligible Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) students at CGSS, Fort Leavenworth, KS 172 ** 131 76% 100%
(d) MMAS degrees earned by eligible Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) students at WHINSEC SPME, Fort Benning, GA 21 ** 19 90.5% 100%

Notes:
* All graduates of AMSP and ASLSP at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Fort Leavenworth, earn MA degrees.
** Resident CGSOC students at the Command and General Staff School (CGSS), Fort Leavenworth, and 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.


(2) Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) GRADUATE CERTIFICATE Programs
(a) Resident CGSOC Common Core Course at Fort Leavenworth 1143 1133 99.1% 100%
(b) Resident CGSOC Common Core Course at WHINSEC, Fort Benning 60 56 93.3% 100%
(c) Resident CGSOC Common Core Course at CGSS Satellite Campuses 952 939 98.6% 100%
(d) Non-resident CGSOC Common Core Course via Distance Learning (DL) 3129 1027 33% # 100%
(e) Non-resident CGSOC Common Core Course via USAR School (TASS) 1228 634 52% # 100%
(f) Resident Advanced Operations Course at Fort Leavenworth 1143 1133 99.1% 100%
(g) Resident Advanced Operations Course at WHINSEC, Fort Benning 60 56 93.3% 100%
(h) Non-resident Advanced Operations Course via Distance Learning (DL) 688 686 99.7% 100%

 # Note: Not all 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.

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.