Established in 2014, the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) provides graduate education in support of the intelligence and national security communities. Its three Master’s programs (Intelligence, National Security, Information Operations) provide the framework through and in which students can advance themselves academically, personally and professionally. A 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.

About DMGS

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a new, independent and stand-alone graduate school in Washington, DC (near Farragut North and West Metro Stations) dedicated to delivering the practical edge for the national security and intelligence professional. The DMGS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is neither a government contractor nor a government entity. At present, its financial backing comes from the support of US-based philanthropic foundations.

Legacy of Daniel Morgan

The Graduate School is named for General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolution, and the hero of the Battle of Cowpens. He was a model of patriotism, professionalism, and creativity. Unlike wealthier aristocratic and well-educated generals, he was in many ways the precursor of a new American soldier—a civilian called to service when he was most needed. By 1779, Morgan’s corps of riflemen had played a significant role in almost every major battle, but he was passed over for a promotion and resigned. A year into his retirement, aware that he had the skills, intelligence, and leadership qualities needed in Washington’s southern campaign, he set out with loyal corpsmen and rejoined the war effort on his own initiative and at his own expense. He went on to achieve a major victory at Cowpens by using intelligence to lure and trap an especially ruthless and arrogant adversary.

DMGS Students

DMGS enrolls three categories of students:

(1) Recent college graduates who desire to serve in the national security community;

(2) Mid-career national security professionals (who already have a security clearance) who wish to credential their experience or obtain specialized knowledge for career advancement; and

(3) Senior and retired national security professionals who wish to acquire academic credentials for their work experience.

DMGS’ students have a high sense of purpose, duty and dedication to the United States and the national security mission. 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.

Credentialing of 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.

Nature of Education and Instruction

All training, instruction and academic exercises are delivered at the UNCLASSIFIED level, using only publicly available materials. Instructors use their professional judgment in deciding what material works best in each course.

How DMGS is distinct from other graduate schools

  • Personalized Attention: 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.
  • Single Focus: 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.
  • Career Professionals as Faculty: DMGS develops coursework that is enhanced by the deep experiences of professors with extensive and successful careers in national security.
  • Research: 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.


A full degree consists of nine courses and a thesis for a total of thirty credit hours, inclusive of the Master’s thesis. With tuition at $1,300 per a credit hour, a full program is $39,000, making it more cost-effective than competing programs at other academic institutions.


Admission is competitive, with decisions rendered on a rolling basis, as applications are received and made complete for review, and as long as space remains in the entering class. Admissions interviews are required, as are strong writing skills, recommendations, and records of past achievement in the classroom. DMGS does not rely on standardized tests. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the school, or arrange an informal informational interview with a senior staff member before filing an application.

DMGS seeks to enroll a diverse, representative student body composed of serious scholars from throughout the country. DMGS also seeks students who demonstrate the capability to think creatively and critically in order to resolve the strategic challenges and threats we face as a nation.

Daniel Morgan Academy

The Revolutionary War was a defining moment in American history, and a time when General Daniel Morgan carved out his legacy.

With the knowledge and expertise that was passed on to him through mentors and those more experienced than he, General Morgan became one of the most prominent, but lesser known figures of the Revolutionary War.

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) still values the intimate and personal passing of knowledge, even in today’s digital world, to the next generation of national security professionals.

DMGS is seeking students who demonstrate the capability to think creatively in order to resolve crucial challenges and threats to our national security.

DMGS engages role models dedicated to their students, their colleagues, and the mission.

Our leaders foster innovative solutions to the intelligence and national security challenges that face our nation today, and into the future.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please call 202-759-4988 or fill out this form.

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