Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint)

The aim of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint), ACSC(J), is “... to provide an advanced Service education to selected officers so that they may prepare themselves for high grade command and staff appointments.”

The target population consists of selected officers of Major equivalent or higher rank from within the NZDF and the Asia-Pacific region and selected individuals from Other Government Agencies, who have demonstrated their potential for promotion.

The 12-month study programme covers an intense graduate level syllabus, and provides several associated study visits.

Course outline

There are seven modules of study on the ACSC(J) course; six of which include a Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) course. Each VUW course is worth 30 points, leading to a total of 180 points for award of a Masters of Strategic Studies. Elements of the VUW course delivery and assessment will be undertaken by the NZDF on an accredited basis.

The seven modules are composed of:- Foundational Studies; Command, Leadership and Management; Strategic Studies; Security Studies; Policy Studies; Operational Studies and a Research Essay.


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A student presentation in the lecture theatre [wn-08-0144-04].

Students will also participate in a leadership development course which is designed to facilitate them with transitioning to the responsibilities associated with the next rank level.

Graduate Qualifications

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint) will be awarded a Masters of Strategic Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, as well as the postnominals, “psc(j)”.

This page was last reviewed on 2 April 2019.