Sanford welcomes and recognizes veterans and military-affiliated students, faculty and staff. Below are a variety of resources for the Sanford community. Please contact us if you have questions or would like more information. We are here to help!
Programs and Centers
Our two-year, professional Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offers students outstanding preparation for dynamic careers – domestically and internationally. The program offers opportunities for veterans, full-time active-duty personnel and part-time active-duty military.
The National Security and Foreign Policy Concentration equips students to understand the national security policymaking process and provides an opportunity to study in depth the national security challenges of the 21st century. The program provides a solid and diverse background on fundamental issues to prepare future public policymakers and practitioners to address the problems facing the United States.
AGS is preparing the next generation of strategists by studying past generations and interacting with current strategic leaders. The program is building a research community of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates who are committed to deepening their understanding of America’s role in the world – past, present and future. With prominent speakers, field trips, simulations, battlefield staff rides, and other experiential learning opportunities, AGS emphasizes active learning.
The Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program is an educational opportunity to enhance understanding of national security issues and the American policymaking process, and empower fellows advanced skills for high-level leadership positions. Recently, three fellows received prestigious writing awards for their capstone research papers from the Army War College.
The mission of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security is to enhance the understanding of terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of partnerships between universities, industry and government.
In this social policy seminar, students analyze public policy responses and programs implemented to meet the needs of veterans – covering mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, housing, legal issues, employment and more.
The goal of the course is to improve the citizen experience working directly with organizations in the Durham community. Using human-centered design, students work with local organizations to design improved customer and employee experience.
AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY (PubPol 501) Professors: Bruce Jentleson, Simon Miles
CONTEMPORARY US FOREIGN POLICY (PubPol 502S.1) Professor: Bruce Jentleson
NATIONAL SECURITY DECISION MAKING (PubPol 505) Professor: Tim Nichols
POLITICS OF US FOREIGN POLICY (PubPol 506.1) Professors: Bruce Jentleson, Simon Miles
INTELLIGENCE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY (PubPol 507S.01) Professor: Tim Nichols
PRIVACY, TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY (PubPol 590) Professor: David Schanzer
CYBERSECURITY AND HEALTH POLICY DATA (PubPol 590.01) Professor: David Hoffman
AMERICAN CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS (PubPol 667S.01) Professor: Peter Feaver
NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY INTRODUCTION (PubPol 861.01) Professor: Douglas Brook, Tom Taylor
BUDGETING FOR INTELLIGENCE, DEFENSE, AND NATIONAL SECURITY (PubPol 890-02) Professor: Douglas Brook
Groups & Resources
SANFORD VETERANS STUDENT GROUP
The Sanford Veterans Association (SVA) facilitates fellowship, professional development, networking and admissions support. This student group provides resources, networking, and transition support to active-duty military and veterans at Sanford. We are here to help answer questions about your transition and student life at Sanford.
DUKE VETERANS RESOURCES
The Division of Student Affairs is available to assist Duke military students with a rich educational experience and resources throughout the Duke and Durham community.
VETERANS AFFAIRS EDUCATION BENEFITS
Find out more about using your military tuition benefits at Duke.
The Carlucci Fellowship in Security Studies supports students pursuing a career in security studies. The fellowship awards up to five students a stipend that supports a summer internship in the area of security studies. Fellows are also invited to networking events with some of the nations’ top leaders in national security. The fellowship was created by The Marcia and Frank Carlucci Charitable Foundation.
A Unique Opportunity
"Sanford offers veterans a unique opportunity to interact with a wide variety of national security experts and leading academics. The faculty challenge students to wrestle with complex topics and think deeply about the factors that shape the global security environment. I know that the skills, knowledge, and friendships I acquired at Sanford will help me tremendously as I continue on in my career." - Army Major Ben Dratch MPP ’23, currently serving on active duty as a U.S. Army Strategist.
Next Step in Journey
“Sanford empowers soldiers to transform into thought leaders and dedicated public servants. The faculty and staff offer support, solace, and the chance to engage deeply with complex social issues. I am profoundly thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with leading experts and to form bonds with my peers to tackle pressing challenges. I am on my way to transitioning from a proficient enlisted soldier into a confident and effective direct commissioned officer." - Brittany Long MPP/MDIV'24