Military Science (Army ROTC)

General Information

The Department of Military Science is also known as the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) department. Military Science basic courses are open to all students as electives. The department provides instruction to the student body in general on the role of the military in America. Such instruction includes military skills, leadership, adventure training, and the role of the military in society.

The department is both an academic entity of the University and an Instructor Group of the United States Army. It is staffed by the Army with approval of the University president. The instructors are professional Army officers whose academic backgrounds meet standards set by the University.

The goal of Army ROTC is to prepare young men and women for service as Army officers. Students will explore and evaluate the Army’s career opportunities offered upon graduation with baccalaureate degree. The ROTC program also accommodates students enrolled in graduate degree programs. Courses in the Military Science Basic Program (see MSC I & MSC II below) are offered at Cleveland State University. Courses in the Military Science Advanced Program (see MSC III & MSC IV below) are offered to Cleveland State students through cross-enrollment with John Carroll University. Students enrolled in advanced Army ROTC receive Cleveland State credit for the classes; however, the instruction is given at John Carroll.

Basic Program

Students normally take the Basic Program courses during the freshman and sophomore years. Classes are usually taken for academic credit as part of a student’s electives. The Army ROTC Basic Program consists of MSC I and MSC II. MSC I has two courses: MSC 101 (Introduction to Military Science) in the fall semester and MSC 102 (Introduction to Leadership) in the spring semester. MSC II courses include MSC 201 (Self/Team Development) in the fall and MSC 202 (Individual/Team Military Tactics) in the spring. Students taking any or all of the basic courses incur no military obligation and are not part of the Armed Forces. Completion of the four basic course classes (MSC 101, 102, 201, & 202) is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Advanced Program (MSC III & MSC IV). Prior military service, current Army Reserve or National Guard status, or attendance at the Army ROTC Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky., during the summer may also fulfill the Basic Program requirement.

Advanced Program

Students normally take the Advanced Program courses during their junior and senior years. These courses include MSC 301 (Leading Small Organization I), MSC 302 (Leading Small Organization II), MSC 401 (Leadership Challenges and Goal-Setting), and MSC 402 (Transition to Lieutenant). In addition, the Advanced Program includes a weekly Leadership Lab with emphasis on exercises in leadership, tactics, land navigation, communications, physical fitness, operations planning, and military customs. Each course also includes a three-day Field Training exercise during the semester.

Students must be accepted by the chair of the Military Science Department at John Carroll University before they can enroll in the Advanced Program courses. Once accepted, each student enters into a contract to complete the courses and to accept a commission as an Army officer upon graduation. While enrolled in the Advanced Program, each contracted student is paid a subsistence allowance of $300-500 a month during the school year. All students enrolled in the Advanced Program are required to attend a five-week Leadership Course at Fort Lewis, WA, during the summer between their junior and senior year.

Upon satisfactory completion of the advanced courses and award of the baccalaureate degree, students are commissioned as second lieutenants and serve out a military obligation of at least four years, depending on their active or reserve force assignment. Students may request either Active Duty or Reserve Force Duty (Army Reserve/National Guard). Under certain conditions, students who have completed the baccalaureate program and their military science studies may request delayed entry into the active Army to pursue some types of graduate studies, such as medical and law school. Other options available to students in military science are opportunities to attend Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, and Mountain Warfare training courses.


The U.S. Department of the Army annually awards four-year and three-year scholarships on a competitive basis to high school students nationwide. Winners are announced in early spring. College students can apply for a campus-based Army scholarship in the fall or spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. In order to apply for any of these scholarships, applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or better, a minimum SAT score of 920 or an ACT score of 19, pass the Department of Defense medical physical, and meet the Army physical fitness requirements. Two-year scholarships are also available to graduating seniors who will be attending graduate school.

Scholarships based upon merit are awarded for up to $17,000 annual tuition. Scholarships also include lab fees, a book allowance of $1,200 per year, and a monthly subsistence of $300 to $500 during the academic year.


All university students are eligible for enrollment in the basic courses (MSC I and MSC II). Students who are 18 years of age, who are American citizens or intend become naturalized, and who are physically qualified are eligible for enrollment in the advanced courses of the Military Science department. Any student may audit basic courses in the department with the approval of the chair and appropriate institutional authorities.

Point of Contact

For additional information about the Army ROTC program, contact the Department of Military Science, John Carroll University, at 216-397-4421.

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