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We specialize in tailoring graduate degree programs to the specific needs of our students who are serving or seeking a career in the US national security community. Our scholar-practitioner faculty impart and ensure optimum understandings of real world events, and a strong cadre of visiting instructors supplements the classroom experience through simulation and presentation.

“The school’s faculty – scholar practitioners – are truly unique. We are able to learn first-hand from those engaged in current and recent policy debates. Our professors and the guest lecturers provide us with a realistic understanding of both contemporary challenges to US national security and opportunities to advance US strategic interests and values.”
Student, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
“The faculty are available and engaged. They led careers that we would like to have. They willingly serve as mentors, helping us develop the professional networks that we’ll need to launch a meaningful career.”
Student, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security

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What Differentiates Us

Our programs are tailored to each student based on individual career goals and requirements and are designed in consultation between the student and professors. Course meetings are capped at seven students per session.
Unlike larger universities that offer security studies programs, DMGS’ primary mission is to prepare students to face current challenges and extant problems. Students will enjoy maximum flexibility in program design through individual advising, mentoring, and career placement.
DMGS develops coursework that is enhanced by the deep experiences of professors with extensive and successful careers in national security.
Washington, DC is the center for research into governmental records and presidential administrations, and is home to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress. DMGS’ library includes collections of open source and declassified materials. Staff librarians assist the students while professors locate the information they need and seek.
In place of a traditional program, incoming recent baccalaureates will attend an instructional and interactive seminar and engage with national security professionals to begin their development of functional literacy in national security terminology and concepts.

Types of Students

Recent college graduates who desire to serve in the national security community (DMGS students are all US citizens since citizenship is required to obtain necessary security clearances for a position in the national security community). Throughout the academic program, there are various opportunities for younger graduates to become acclimated to the selection requirements of a position in national security or intelligence, beginning with a robust orientation program that includes interactions with retired and active duty personnel and officers.
Mid-career national security professionals (who already have a security clearance) who wish to credential their experience or obtain specialized knowledge for career advancement. Professionals seeking to earn a Master’s degree may be granted up to 12 hours of credit for their career experience. DMGS’ approach to the transfer of credit for prior learning and experience ensures that coursework is not redundant.
Senior and retired national security professionals who wish to acquire academic credentials for their work experience. Professionals seeking to earn a Master’s degree may be granted up to 12 hours of credit for their career experience. DMGS’ approach to the transfer of credit for prior learning and experience ensures that coursework is not redundant.

Message from the President

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani

Given the proliferation of national security threats challenging our nation and opportunities to advance our political and economic interests, the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security was recently established in our nation’s capital.

The goal was to create a graduate school that focused exclusively on national security issues, with a robust curriculum, and scholar-practitioner instructors who would spend quality time educating and mentoring the next generation of national security leaders.

Our Master’s programs in National Security, Intelligence, and Information Operations are unique, in that the courses, taught by experienced professionals, provide students with the education and tools necessary to address a myriad of functional and regional issues  affecting our nation’s security. DMGS’ Regional Affairs Department ensures that our students receive the country specific education necessary to critically analyze threats and opportunities affecting our country’s well-being.

Our experienced professors are committed to providing quality personal education and mentoring to our students, to help ensure that they are prepared to assume entry-level and more senior positions in those public, private sector, and nongovernmental agencies and organizations concerned with our national security.

If you have a passion for these issues, and are prepared to work long hours with dedicated scholar-practitioner professors, then you should consider the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.  Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani 

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DMGS National Security Lecture Series  (See all Video | Audio)

We bring in distinguished speakers to give special presentations to our students on national security issues. Here is a sampling: