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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Science (Army ROTC)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver)
Modular Building 1, 633 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80217

The Military Science Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver is offered in cooperation with the University of Colorado - Boulder (CU-Boulder). The Department of Military Science offers programs leading to an officer’s commission in the active Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard in conjunction with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Military science courses are designed to supplement a regular degree program by offering practical leadership and management experience. Students attend classes at either MSU Denver, University of Colorado at Boulder, or Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Four-Year Program

The four-year program consists of two phases: the basic course (freshman and sophomore years) and the advanced course (junior and senior years).

Basic course. The basic course offers a 2- or 3-credit course each semester, covering Army history and organization as well as military leadership and management. Laboratory sessions provide the opportunity to apply leadership skills while learning basic military skills. Enrollment in the basic course incurs no military obligation except for Army scholarship recipients.

Advanced AROTC. The advanced course covers leadership, tactics and unit operations, training techniques, military law, and professional ethics, and includes a leadership practicum each semester. A 35-day summer advanced camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, provides challenging leadership training, and is a prerequisite for commissioning. Advanced course students must have completed the basic course and obtain permission from the Professor of Military Science (PMS).

Two-Year Program

The two-year program consists of the advanced course, preceded by a four-week summer ROTC basic course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Veterans or students who have participated in three years of Junior ROTC or Civil Air Patrol may be eligible to enroll in the advanced course without attendance at basic camp or completion of the basic course. Inquiries on advanced placement should be directed to the Department of Military Science. Advanced course students must obtain permission from the Professor of Military Science (PMS).

Scholarship Programs

Four-year college scholarships are available to high school seniors, who should apply before December 1 of their senior year. Competition for 2nd and 3rd year scholarships are open to all students, regardless of academic major and whether or not they are currently enrolled in ROTC. Scholarship students receive tuition and lab fees, a book allowance, and an allowance of $300-$500 per month during the academic year. For more information about scholarships, contact the Enrollment/Scholarship officer at 303-492-3549.

Simultaneous Membership Program

Students currently in the Army Reserves or Army National Guard and entering the second year of the basic course or the advanced course may participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Students participating in this program earn approximately $240 in monthly drill pay in addition to the $350-$500 monthly stipend. Additionally, SMP participants may be eligible for Army National Guard or reserve education benefits that provide up to $4,500 per year tuition assistance.

Leadership Laboratories. All students participate in a leadership laboratory one day per week. These three hour periods provide cadets with practical leadership experience and performance-oriented, hands-on instruction outside the classroom. Leadership labs are compulsory for enrolled cadets.

AROTC Course Credit

Army ROTC serves as elective credit in most departments. Exact course credit will be determined by the individual academic advisor.


Students who wish to register for Army ROTC classes (MILR prefix) sign up at MSU Denver through the normal course registration process. For more information, contact the AROTC office at MSU Denver, 303-615-2050, or contact the AROTC Enrollment and Scholarship officer at 303-492-3459/303-492-6495 (main), email arotc@colorado.edu, or visit the website msudenver.edu/arotc.