Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Daniel Morgan Graduate School

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a Washington DC-based graduate school established to accelerate the education, hands-on experience and research competencies of aspiring men and women committed to serving in the national security workforce.

With an experienced faculty and a crafted curriculum, DMGS seeks to become the leading institution to educate and train graduates to fulfill the future leadership required to meet the expectations of the national security community in the years to come.

We are an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are licensed by the Education Licensure Commission of the District of Columbia.

Our Location

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security is located in the heart of our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House. We are near the Farragut North and the Farragut West Metro stations, making it convenient and easy to access.


The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a nonprofit organization that offers professional and executive, rather than classically academic, graduate education in national security. DMGS is focused not on traditional academic structures, but on the students, serving and supporting their service in national security.

General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolution was a model of patriotism, professionalism, and creativity. Plato established the model of academics as a center of reasoned discourse about the nature of the citizen and the state.

Following their examples, DMGS seeks to support the intellectual foundations of American security policy through graduate education for those serving the national security community. DMGS seeks to reinvigorate academic security studies to focus more on policies and outcomes, in the interest of the security of the United States, its allies, and friends.

Today, international complexity, competition, and threats pose unprecedented challenges to the government’s responsibilities, to understand problems, and to judge effective responses.

Meanwhile, agencies within the national security community are under renewed pressure to respond quickly and collaboratively. As a result, they face new challenges of professional ethics, about how they do their business.

Established and excellent institutions of learning do not easily go beyond their legacies of traditional analytical methods, approaches, and views of the world, to address the dynamism of the new century.

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School (DMGS) seeks to help professionals address the new century’s national security problems by re-thinking tradition and assessing newer forms of policy analysis and decision.

Students play a central role in our Graduate School. The dialogue between students is just as significant to the course as the presentation made by the professor.

At DMGS, incoming students are judged by their professional experience for academic credit so they do not repeat a knowledge base they have already developed.

Our learning model is based on self-motivated students who are treated as adults.


The Graduate School’s programs aim to build the participant’s capacity for critical and strategic thinking—qualities often noted as lacking in US government security policy.

DMGS is an executive professional school with a subject matter focus. We emphasize student personal research and analytic skills, to combine different kinds of knowledge to act innovatively in unanticipated situations.

Graduate Education

DMGS offers three 30-credit hour Master of Arts programs in National Security, in Intelligence, and in Information Operations. All MA students must complete a publishable thesis in their final semester worth three credit hours.

Our approach accounts for individual student credentials and experience to avoid duplicative study. Experienced applicants will be judged during the application process for the potential to convert their work experience into academic credit.

DMGS requires that MA students take a minimum of three courses (9 credit hours) and the thesis (3 credit hours) at the Academy.

Applicants work with our faculty in order to tailor a curriculum that meets the student’s job requirements and career goals.

We also emphasize the student’s independent research and collaboration to promote the production of new ideas that transcend what “we” did before, or the status of “who” did it.

Therefore, DMGS seeks self-motivated student research, supported by close faculty supervision and assistance inspired by the British “Oxbridge” tutorial model, as the foundation of its program.

Class size is no more than seven students in order to facilitate discussion, vigorous exchange of ideas, and attention to each student’s interest and research requirements.

The methods and approaches of the research, no less than the subject matter, should serve as a foundation for the student’s further professional work as both analyst and decision-maker.

DMGS sees the outcome of the thesis problem as a focal point of our education. DMGS encourages thesis topics responding to a current or future professional concern of the student, and focused on the outcome, not on abstract development within a discipline.

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Type of Students

DMGS is for those in the US Intelligence, Defense and Homeland Security communities—whether you are serving or want to serve in them. There are three types of students:

Recent college graduates who desire to serve in the national security community (DMA students are all US citizens since citizenship is required to obtain necessary security clearances for a position in the national security community)
Mid-career national security professionals (who already have a security clearance) who wish to credential their experience or obtain specialized knowledge for career advancement
Senior and retired national security professionals who wish to acquire academic credentials for their work experience.

We’re Seeking an Exceptional Kind of Student

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is looking for innovative thinkers who are up to the challenge of overcoming today’s threats and foreseeing tomorrow’s. They are loyal to the United States and to its Constitution and they serve or wish to serve in the US national security community. They seek to change history and make a difference. Are you one of them?

If you think you have what it takes to be a Daniel Morgan student, then



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