About DSCU


The Defense Security Cooperation University is the Department of Defense’s Center of Excellence for security cooperation education and training. DSCU supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s mission of training, educating, and providing for the long-term development of the security cooperation workforce. DSCU accomplishes its mission by:

  • Delivering a competency-based curriculum to train, educate, and develop the security cooperation workforce in support of the Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program.
  • Offering educational and training opportunities to non-security cooperation workforce U.S. Government, U.S. industry stakeholders, and foreign government military and civilian personnel.
  • Leveraging a virtual consortium of stakeholder education and training institutions and subject matter experts to serve as a security cooperation enterprise-wide resource for developing and advancing security cooperation.
  • Partnering with the Joint Staff, other Department of Defense and U.S. Government organizations, and civilian academic institutions to advance security cooperation education and training.


DSCU delivers the education, training, and workforce analysis required to develop an agile, certified, and experienced security cooperation workforce ready to meet the current and future global security cooperation mission.


  • Academic Excellence: Commitment to personal, professional, and SC workforce innovation and growth through academics and integrity.
  • Accountability: Maintaining the highest integrity in meeting the highest standards of the DoD, Congress, and the US taxpayer at a reasonable cost.
  • Agility: Providing education, support, and relevant information in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Collaboration: Leveraging the knowledge of the SC community in order to develop valuable and timely SC academic curriculum.
  • Community: Dedication to building and upholding relationships within the SC community and adding value to the workforce
  • Diversity: Representation of varied experiences through faculty, staff, students, and curriculum content.

DSCU Seal Symbolism

The shield, swords, and grid-lined globe are derived from the seal of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Defense Security Cooperation University’s parent agency. These elements represent DSCA’s motto, “SECURITY THROUGH GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS.” The two swords come together to represent strength through cooperation among the Department of Defense’s academic institutions.

These institutions provide a robust learning environment to address the core needs of a professional security cooperation workforce. The lamp of knowledge, with its eternal flame, symbolizes the enduring value of the pursuit of knowledge while the laurel wreath signifies triumph in the achievement of academic excellence.


Our faculty and staff continue to work hard to provide the learning assets required by the Security Cooperation (SC) Community along with personnel from other U.S. governmental departments, U.S. industry, and partner countries. As the community grows, so does the quantity and quality of resident and non-resident programs offered to meet the varied education and training requirements dealing with SC and international programs. We continue to ensure the effectiveness of our products through high level dialogue with SC Community leadership and the Community at large through venues including its annual Curriculum Review and student feedback mechanisms.

We were selected by and maintain our accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education (COE) because the standards and criteria established by COE correspond with the Institute’s training mission and SC Community development missions. COE also continues to adapt its accreditation standards to maintain the quality of its affiliated institutions to the growing non-resident/online capabilities within the education and training arena. This along with the other standards enforced within COE accreditation assist us in ensuring our quality and assisting in the improvement of our programs.

We were first awarded accreditation by the COE in 2001 and were reaffirmed in 2007, 2013 and 2019, each time for the maximum possible 6 years. The next reaffirmation is scheduled for 2025.

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Council On Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898 , FAX: 770-396-3790

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