The Eisenhower School (ES) Elective Studies Program gives students the opportunity to deepen or broaden their knowledge through elective courses. Students are required to take three elective courses during the year. Electives are offered on a semester basis in both fall and spring on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Most elective courses earn two credit hours. Each student is individually responsible to decide how to allocate their electives load to the Fall and Spring semesters.
There are over 150 courses offered by the colleges and schools of the National Defense University (NDU). Students may select courses from all NDU, ES, National War College (NWC), Information Resources Management College (iCollege), College of International Security Affairs (CISA), and some Inter-American Defense College (IADC) offerings.
ES offers several special concentrations through the Elective Studies Program: the Senior Acquisition Course (SAC), the Program Manager's Course (PMT 401, administered through SAC), the Supply Chain Management Concentration Program (SCMCP), the Afghanistan/Pakistan Hands Concentration (AF/PAK), the Long-Term Strategy Concentration, the Weapons of Mass Destruction concentration (WMD), and the Information Operations Concentration Program (IOCP), an iCollege sponsored program. The Eisenhower School's Independent Research and Study Program also provides students with the opportunity to pursue dedicated masters-level research and study in their areas of interest. Students who desire to participate in these special programs must obtain approval from the Program Director as indicated in the course description prior to registering for electives.