Our partners

Deakin’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been working with the Australian military since the 1980s. 

We currently partner with the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) to provide six courses for professional development of senior Australian military officers and regional officials.


CDSS partnership

Deakin supports the education and professional development of the next generation of senior defence leaders. We’ve had a long and successful partnership history with CDSS, providing postgraduate academic services since the centre opened in 2001.

The Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) is now in its 16th year, with more than 450 Australian Defence Force (ADF) and international military officer graduates.

The Defence and Strategic Studies Course 

Deakin staff deliver a range of academic services for CDSS, including a suite of master’s-level study awards for CDSS’ flagship program, the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC).

The DSSC is an 11-month postgraduate level professional development program. It provides students with the skills, knowledge and attributes to operate at the highest levels of leadership, command, policy formulation and management.

From left: Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education, Professor Brenda Cherednichenko; Senator Linda Reynolds; and Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

Senator Linda Reynolds, above, enrolled with Deakin as part of the partnership we have with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to offer our course. It provides officers of the ADF and the Australian Public Service with the knowledge and skills required by senior leaders operating in the national security environment.

Expanded course offerings

From 2014, Deakin partnered with the CDSS to increase course offerings at the CDSS’ Weston Creek Campus. These now include the Master of Politics and Policy, Master of Arts (International Relations) and Master of Business Administration.

Strategic studies and Deakin's partnership with CDSS

Claude Rakisits, Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor with the Deakin School of Humanities and Social Sciences, speaks about CDSS and Deakin's partnership with Defence.

Contact us

For more information about Deakin’s partnership with CDSS, please contact the CDSS Course Director.

CDSS Course Director
Dr Russell Parkin
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