Advanced Civil Schooling Program - Master's DegreeThis program is for captains who have not previously attained a Master's Degree in mathematics or a related field. To apply for this program, you must be branch-qualified as a captain (usually defined as a successful company command) before beginning graduate school and have a competitive file. If you are selected to become a rotating faculty member, you will participate in the Advanced Civil Schooling program, where you will earn a Master's Degree in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, or Statistics at one of several universities. Many of our officers chosen to be rotating faculty attend one of the foundation schools, Georgia Institute of Technology, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, or the Naval Postgraduate School. This is usually a two-year program. Once you have received your degree, you will become part of the faculty as part of your utilization commitment. The usual tour of duty is 3 years.
Advanced Civil Schooling Program - Ph.D.We also have rotating slots for more senior officers. Majors and lieutenant colonels who are branch-qualified as field-grade officers and have a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, or a related field may apply for the Advanced Civil Schooling Ph.D. program. Officers who are selected will have three years to study for and earn a Ph.D. They then join the faculty for a 3-year tour, followed by a utilization tour in their branch, usually at a post other than West Point.The four criteria we will use to evaluate applicants are: potential to obtain a doctoral degree, potential to be a scholar/educator and leader in the department, potential to conduct research, and military and teaching experience.Direct AssignmentsMajors and lieutenant colonels who are branch-qualified as field-grade officers and already have a Master's Degree or Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, or a related field may be directly assigned as rotating faculty members when vacancies exist. Since we try to fill all of our slots through the ACS program, vacancies only occur through an unexpected shortfall such as early departure or retirement. Thus we cannot predict direct assignment vacancies more than one year in advance.If you are interested in applying for a direct assignment, you should open a file with the Department Personnel Officer. It is extremely important that you maintain periodic contact so that your file and contact information is correct in the event of a vacancy.If you would like to apply, please access WEST (West Enabled Selection and Tracking) and start a file.Permanent Faculty PositionsWe have 10 authorized permanent faculty members, known as Academy Professors. Academy Professors are usually Lieutenant Colonels and Colonels with Ph.D.s. Permanent positions only open when a permanent faculty member retires or is otherwise reassigned.Academy Professor positions will be advertised when they become available, along with application requirements.