About DSCU


To meet the current and future global security cooperation mission, the Defense Security Cooperation University delivers the education, training, research, and workforce analysis required to develop an agile, certified, and experienced U.S. Government security cooperation workforce and implements institutional capacity building, security cooperation education, and related programs and initiatives with our allies and partners.


DSCU is the Department of Defense’s Center of Excellence for security cooperation education, training, development, research, and institutional capacity building and is universally recognized as the leading academic institution for security cooperation knowledge and practice.


  • 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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Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Click the Need help signing in? link on the next page if you have trouble signing in.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101) after you log into CSOD.
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile after you log into CSOD. Use these Directions for Changing your Organinization.

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