Programs of Study

Military Science & Leadership

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is one of four ways to earn a commission as a United States Army Officer. Although West Point, Officer's Candidate School, and the Direct Commissioning process serve as the other three options, the 272 College ROTC Departments across the nation annually commission over half of the Army's 2nd Lieutenants.

In terms of a general overview, the ROTC curriculum is divided into two distinct courses: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.

The Basic Course is comprised of the freshman and sophomore level classes and does not require any military obligation. All Lander students are welcome to take any of the Basic Courses (MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202).

The Basic Course focuses on the fundamentals of leadership and personal development. Cadets learn to set goals, manage time, handle stress, communicate, listen, and motivate others to a common goal.

The Advanced Course is comprised of junior and senior level classes and requires students to commit to a military obligation prior to entering the course.

The Advanced Course focuses on developing leadership and tactics. Cadets learn to lead small units through a mission in both tactical and everyday environments. Cadets combine Soldier skills with leadership dimensions to plan, execute, supervise, and evaluate events. These Cadets also attend a 30-day Leadership Development Assessment Course located at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the summer of their junior/senior year.

In order to contract with the Army and enroll in the Advanced Course, an individual must:

  1. Be a full-time student at Lander University.
  2. Be a U.S. Citizen.
  3. Not be a conscientious objector.
  4. Not have more than 3 dependants.
  5. Not have any civil convictions, adverse adjudications, or court marshal convictions (other than minor traffic violations less than $250.00).
  6. Never have used drugs (or be a self-admitted limited/experimental user of drugs who has not used within 6 months of contracting).
  7. Sign a loyalty oath.
  8. If prior service, have an honorable discharge from the Armed Services with a qualifying RE code of 1 on DD Form 214.
  9. Meet one of the following criteria: have credit for MS 101/102/201/202, complete Cadet Command's Leadership Training Course, or complete Basic Training in one of the Armed Forces.
  10. Have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0.
  11. Score at least 180 points with 60 points in each event on a single Army Physical Fitness Test.
  12. Be younger than the age of 31 at time of commissioning.
  13. Successfully pass a Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board physical. The most common non-waiver disqualifiers during this physical are:
    • documented asthma after the age of 13
    • ADD/ADHD
    • depression treatment
    • academic skills disorders within the past 12 months
    • ulcerative colitis
    • crohn's disease
    • scoliosis-curvature of the spine in excess of 30 degrees
    • prior service with a permanent profile.

Upon completion of the Advanced Course and successful graduation from Lander University, a Cadet receives a commission as a United States Army Officer and subsequently begins a career in either the Active Army or Reserve/National Guard.


For full degree requirements, program goals and more, visit the department's section of the university catalog.

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