Department of Military Science & Leadership, Army ROTC

The Department of Military Science & Leadership, Army ROTC is a combined Department with classes taught at Duquesne University and The University of Pittsburgh.  The department is staffed by active National Guard, Reserve Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers.

Our Purpose

Our department’s courses and programs are founded on two main goals:

  • To provide a general introduction in Leadership, Ethics, Communication Skills, and the Army as an Organization to any college student through elective courses.
  • To develop and place successful collegiate students who display leadership and management potential into Junior Executive positions as Officers for the Army’s Active and Reserve components and Army National Guard.

Course Programs

Normal Progression: Students normally begin the program during the Fall Semester of their freshmen year (ROTC-101 course).  They then take 1 ROTC elective course each semester during their Freshmen and Sophomore years.

Those that wish to continue to become Army Officers, and have contracted, then continue during their Junior and Senior years, and attend a 5 week summer course (at the Army’s expense) at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Compressed Progression: Students who need to enroll into the program after the fall semester of their freshmen year or students planning on entering Graduate programs can pursue a number of options to compress the Military Science schedule to fit their normal academic program.  Prospective compression students should contact the Department for more information.

Scholarship Incentive

In order to attract successful students into the program, the Army and Duquesne University offer a limited number of scholarships on a competitive basis each year.  Army Scholarships currently cover full tuition and mandatory fees, $1200 annually toward books and a monthly spending stipend of $420.00.The University also compliments Army ROTC Scholarships with a room and board scholarship incentive, so long as students live on campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.


There is no Army commitment for students enrolled in any of our 100 or 200-level electives.  Students who receive an Army scholarship, or who wish to take part in our 300 and 400-level courses, will be required to contract with the Army to pursue commissions as Officers on Active Duty or part-time in the Reserves or National Guard.


The Army is actively seeking nursing students, who upon completion of their program are guaranteed service as an Army Nurse.  Nursing students are also eligible to receive summer Internships at Army hospitals worldwide (at the Army’s expense), and additional scholarships are available specifically for Nurses.

Contact Information

College applicants or current students should contact the department office listed below for more information.

Mr. Christopher Boissonnault
Department of Military Science (Army ROTC)
315 S. Bellefield Ave., Room 306
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412.624.6254 / 412.396.1709

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

The local AFROTC program is administered by the Department of Aerospace Science at the University of Pittsburgh. This program is available to undergraduate students at fifteen (15) "cross-town" universities via enrollment through agreement with the University of Pittsburgh. Students must have at least five semesters of school remaining to successfully complete AFROTC graduation requirements. Upon successful completion of university academic and ROTC requirements, students will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force.

Students will complete one or two years in the General Military Course (GMC) before competing for an enrollment allocation into a 13-day summer leadership training program called Field Training. After completion of Field Training, students are contracted into the Professional Officer Course (POC), where they will take on leading anywhere from 10-50 of their fellow cadets in weekly activities. Students are under NO contractual obligation to the Air Force until entering the POC or accepting an Air Force scholarship. Meaning, you can try out the program for a year or two with NO obligation to the Air Force. In addition to the academic portion of the curriculum, each student attends a weekly two-hour, hands-on "laboratory" that tests both their followership and leadership abilities among their peers. This lab is used to practice various leadership and management techniques and groom students into future military leaders. Three and three-and-a-half year scholarships are available to qualified students in certain areas of study. Most AFROTC scholarships cover tuition plus lab fees, books, plus each scholarship awardee receives a tax-free monthly stipend that ranges between $300-500 per month. For details about the AFROTC program as well as information on the different courses and scholarships, please utilize the contact, (412) 648-0263, or

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Department of Naval Science
William McKinney, Captain, US Navy
Commanding Officer
4615 Forbes Ave.
(412) 268-5109

The Department of Naval Science was established 16 December 1987.

Duquesne University students participate in Carnegie Mellon NROTC in a cross-town agreement. All NROTC classes and training are held at CMU.

Carnegie Mellon’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) is designed for young men and women who are seeking a challenging academic experience and who desire to serve their country as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps after graduation.

NROTC midshipmen lead the same campus life as other Duquesne students. They make their own arrangements for room and board, choose a preferred area of study and participate in extracurricular activities. Midshipmen wear civilian clothes to classes but wear uniforms one day a week. NROTC students are active in all facets of university life; many are in positions of leadership in student government, on varsity and intramural sports teams, in campus clubs, and other student organizations. The NROTC program seeks students who are bright, ambitious, enthusiastic leaders whose lives are enriched by their education at Duquesne University and by their involvement in NROTC.

Four-Year National Scholarship Program

The four-year national scholarship program provides full tuition, required fees, textbooks, uniforms, and a monthly tax-free subsistence allowance, starting at $250 and increases yearly to a total of $400, to students selected through nationwide competition. Midshipmen must complete the university approved curriculum of their choice, including courses in calculus and calculus-based physics, and specified courses in naval science subjects. Paid summer training periods are also provided. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a nationwide competition before the start of the freshman year. Midshipmen commissioned through the scholarship programs become officers in the Navy or Marine Corps and incur a 5 year active minimum duty obligation in the Navy or a 4 year active minimum duty obligation in the Marine Corps.

Three-Year Scholarships

Three-year scholarships are available on a competitive basis to those qualifying college program (non-scholarship) NROTC students who have demonstrated leadership and academic excellence during their freshman year and are nominated for the scholarship by the Professor of Naval Service.  Active duty obligation is five years upon commissioning.

College (Non-Scholarship) Programs in NROTC

Qualified students may participate in NROTC as college program (non-scholarship) midshipmen. If selected for advance standing prior to the start of their junior year, they can continue to earn commissions in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve upon graduation. Students receive all naval science textbooks, uniforms, and during their junior and senior years a tax-free subsistence allowance of $350-$400 per month. A paid summer training period is provided between the junior and senior year. College program students may also compete for a limited number of merit scholarships. Interested students should contact the NROTC unit directly to apply as a College Program Student; seats in the freshman class are limited.

Students must apply to the NROTC Unit no later than June 1st of the summer prior to the start of their freshman year.


The sequence of Naval Science courses is the same for all officer candidates for the first two years.  Midshipmen accepted into the Marine Corps option program will have curriculum variations starting with their third year. Additionally, some candidates may be required to complete courses in American military affairs, national security policy, English, mathematics, and/or the physical sciences. Descriptions of the course requirements for each candidate classification (scholarship/college program) may be obtained from the Department of Naval Science office.

All scholarship and college program students are required to attend a weekly two-hour Naval Laboratory (32-100) where military drill, physical fitness, and leadership are emphasized.

Naval Science courses are open to all students.  Since these are required for NROTC students, they will be given priority in enrollment. Remaining spaces will be filled through the normal university registration process.