About this Program

The mission of the Department of Military Science and Leadership is to commission the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army. The Old Dominion University Army ROTC program consists of structured study in the field of military science with the primary objective of developing leaders who will serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army Active and Reserve components. Students develop maturity, responsibility, and dependability while earning the Gold Bar of an Army Second Lieutenant.

Program Highlights

  • The minor in Military Leadership is a high quality, interdisciplinary, multidimensional, experiential, and culturally diverse program.

  • Preparing students for real life leadership opportunities and challenges. 

  • Students explore issues of leadership, citizenship, and social change within the context of an inquiry, experiential, and competency-based instructional design.

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Command and Control Center Officers

Manage the operation of communications, detection, and weapons systems essential for controlling air, ground, and naval operations. Duties include managing critical communication links between air, naval, and ground forces; formulating and implementing emergency plans for natural and wartime disasters; coordinating emergency response teams and agencies; evaluating command center information and need for high-level military and government reporting; managing the operation of surveillance and detection systems; providing technical information and advice on capabilities and operational readiness; and directing operation of weapons targeting, firing, and launch computer systems.


Operate weapons and equipment in ground combat operations. Duties include operating and maintaining weapons, such as rifles, machine guns, mortars, and hand grenades; locating, constructing, and camouflaging infantry positions and equipment; evaluating terrain and recording topographical information; operating and maintaining field communications equipment; assessing need for and directing supporting fire; placing explosives and performing minesweeping activities on land; and participating in basic reconnaissance operations.

Military Enlisted Tactical Operations and Air/Weapons Specialists and Crew Members, All Other

All military enlisted tactical operations and air/weapons specialists and crew members not listed separately.

Military Officer Special and Tactical Operations Leaders, All Other

All military officer special and tactical operations leaders not listed separately.


What are the requirements to apply for Military Leadership at ODU?
Students entering the Minor program in Military Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Army ROTC offers two different programs to all qualified university students. The traditional four-year program gives students the opportunity to take AROTC courses in each of their four years of college.

  • The two-year program is available for any students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college.

  • There is no service obligation until students reach their junior year of college. 


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


Students may compete for four-, three, and two-year scholarships that pay full tuition and gradually increasing stipend and book allowance annually. Nursing scholarships are plentiful for qualified applicants.


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