The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a unique, professionally-oriented graduate school offering a Master of Arts Degree in U.S. national security. The DMGS program is specifically designed to support the professional development of aspiring, new, and mid-level professionals in government, the private sector, and in civil society who seek to advance and secure the interests and ideals of the nation.

. . . to develop the skills to diagnose contemporary and over-the-horizon threats and opportunities . . .


This program enhances students’ skills to anticipate the trends in the global environment; the short-and long-term aims, strategies, instruments and vulnerabilities of competitors; and to identify the resulting specific opportunities – in a given region or globally – to advance U.S. interests. The program will also cover U.S. government organizational and institutional arrangements and the authority of individual agencies to implement policy. In addition, the tensions between national security policy and practices and liberal democracy will be considered as well as how the U.S. and other democracies have sought to reconcile them.

This program will also cover the functional utility of individual instruments and integrated “whole of government” planning in regional geographic contexts with particular emphasis on the non-kinetic capabilities of the other two DMGS programs – Intelligence and Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV).

Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of this degree program will be able to:

  • Identify contemporary and anticipated challenges to U.S. security.
  • Identify, evaluate, and understand the complexities of formulating strategies in functional and regional contexts.
  • Identify the evolution of U.S. institutional arrangements and assigned authorities and the particular relevance of the U.S. experience for U.S. security at home and abroad.
Steven E. Meyer, Ph.D.

Program Chair

Dr. Steven Meyer served 25 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior intelligence analyst and manager. He specialized in European and Russian politics; nuclear weapons, security and defense issues; arms control enforcement; and psychological analysis.