ROBERTO Q. ESTIOKO, PHD, MNSA AND ROSTUM J. BAUTISTA, MNSA
The NDCP offers the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) degree and caters to Armed Forces of the Philippines senior military officers with the rank of Lt. Colonel to Colonel, as well as their counterpart civilian officials and executives in various government agencies and the private sector
Several parameters based on Margaret Preedy’s organizational effectiveness and improvement in education (1997) are used for examining the effectiveness of the MNSA curriculum namely breadth or the range of fundamental and core principles, issues and modes of inquiry; balance or the appropriate mix of theories, methods and instructional modalities used inside and outside the classrooms; relevance or the importance of the curriculum to the mandate and thrust of the NDCP, the agency affiliation of the students, and the employment of the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired during their study in the larger society and international community; differentiation or adapting the modules to the level of student proficiency, preparedness and maturity; and progression and continuity or the enhancement of the students learning through rationalized sequencing of modules downloaded to the students. Various inputs come from the students’ post-course evaluation and the annual curriculum review done by the NDCP Academic Board and the faculty members. The NDCP alumni community and other stakeholders are also consulted for their valuable insights and recommendations for the continuous enhancement of the MNSA program.