We encourage applications from all who desire to serve the United States in the national security community.
At the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, we seek self-motivated students who are eager to do deep research on national security issues with the close supervision and support of our faculty.
We require applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution, in the US or abroad.
Our application process considers the student’s entire portfolio, in addition to traditional formal education. This includes formal training, lifelong learning, and experience (for example, working a field of international development).
The key parts of the application are the writing samples, a current resume or CV, and nominations from select sources. We do not rely heavily on standardized tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT, but will consider them if submitted.
The admissions process will determine a mutually agreeable program based on the assessment of the applicant, the needs of the student, and the qualities of each program. This process will lay the groundwork for the student’s success within our curriculum.
For more information or for specific inquiries, contact the Office of Admissions.
Complete either the online or downloadable application form from our website. If downloaded, the completed application form should be sent to:
Daniel Morgan Academy
Office of Admissions
1620 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Applications must include the application filing fee of $25 (NOTE: The $25 application fee is waived for applications submitted before June 1, 2015). Application fees are not refundable. Applications must generally be received thirty days prior to the first day of class for any given semester. Applicants are nevertheless advised to allow sufficient time for review of their application package by the Office of Admissions.
An applicants admissions portfolio must include:
- A completed application form
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant professionally or academically
- Current Resume or CV
- Statement of Interest
- Official Transcripts for all schools attended at the Bachelor’s degree level and above, whether or not credit was earned or desired
- Writing Sample
- List of professional training courses completed and source of training
- A DD Form 214 if applicant has served in the US military and has been released from active duty
The overarching objective of the admissions process is to determine the probable success of the student within the framework of the DMA curriculum. A secondary and long-range goal is the advancement of the student’s career beyond the Academy in contribution to national security, and the alumnus’s ongoing growth as a leader.
For baccalaureate students, external experiences and learning outcomes from other sources will be analyzed for applicability and placement. Professional students will undergo an extensive exchange and review of all training, education, and lifelong learning which fall outside the range and scope of ‘traditional education’ modalities. Existing ACE recommendations of undergraduate and graduate equivalencies will be a starting point for the evaluation of lifelong learning credit based on training and professional development.
For maximum consideration, recent graduates from college should have earned a 3.0 from an accredited institution. Applicants must also demonstrate from either their professional experience or their writing, published materials, and/or interviews that they are prepared to undertake graduate-level work in the field of national security. The GPA requirements may factor less in determining an applicant’s viability if they have demonstrated above average professional achievement.
Daniel Morgan Academy recommends that students or students who have traveled abroad receive a TB test prior to coming to DMA. It should be completed before the student begins coursework. In addition, any students under age 26 attending school are required by DC Law to present evidence of immunization against the following diseases:
- Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after 1 year of age and at least 30 days apart;
- One Diphtheria/Tetanus booster given within the past ten years;
- Two doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine 60 days apart or their results indicating immunity, OR physician documentation of having had the disease (including month and year of illness);
- A series of three Hepatitis B immunizations administered over a 6 month period. The second dose should have been administered a minimum of 4 weeks after dose#1, and the third dose should have been administered a minimum of 16 weeks after dose #1 AND 8 weeks after dose#2. Students who received the Hepatitis B vaccination under a different administration schedule should provide their results proving immunity;
- Students or interns under the age of 18 must also show proof of being vaccinated against polio.
- An exemption will be obtained when a responsible person objects in good faith and in writing, to the Office of Student Services, that immunization would violate the student’s religious beliefs. Medical exemption is allowed if a physician provides a detailed letter indicating that immunizations are medically inadvisable.
- Students seeking exemption from the immunization requirement for religious reasons are required to provide a letter from religious clergy stating the reason why an exemption is required.
Applicants will be notified by mail of the decision of the Admissions Committee. Admitted applicants will be sent an Admissions Acceptance Form. The applicant must notify the Office of Admissions by mail, using the Admissions Acceptance Form, of his or her decision regarding enrollment.
If the applicant accepts the admission offer, a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $100 will be required to hold a space in the entering class. Once the enrollment confirmation is received, the deposit will be processed against the student’s tuition and the Registrar’s Office will notify the matriculating student with all necessary information to complete the registration process.
All new students will be required to attend an orientation session at DMA prior to the beginning of the semester or term. Failure to attend orientation without having secured prior written approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies may preclude attendance for that semester.
Tuition is $1,300 per credit hour or $3,900 per three-credit course. A course may be audited at the cost of $500 per a credit hour or $1,500 per three-credit course.
A research facility fee of $100 is applied to courses or programs using the Academy’s Intelligence Declassified resources. This fee goes toward defraying the digitization of archival or recently declassified US government documents.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $25.
Accepted applicants will be required to submit a $100 tuition deposit in order to secure a seat in the class and to register for courses. This deposit is non-refundable but is credited toward tuition.
The following refund schedule will apply to students who add/drop or withdraw from a course or the Academy:
1st Week – 100% Refund
2nd Week – 80% Refund
3rd Week – 60% Refund
4th Week – 40% Refund
No refunds after the 4th week of classes. The research library fee is non-refundable.
At the present time, the Academy is not authorized to receive Title IV or VA program funds. Private alternative loans are available but must be pursued independent of the Academy.
Under these private loan programs, students can usually borrow up to the cost of attendance, less other aid received. These loans are non-federal loan programs and require at least half-time enrollment (minimum 6 credits a semester), a good credit history, and the ability to repay the loan, and US citizenship or permanent resident status. Some loans may require a credit-worthy US citizen or permanent resident co-signer. For more information, the student is directed to the loan source of his or her choice.
Merit Awards: Scholarships and Course Waivers
DMA offers academic scholarships for students admitted into full time graduate study at the Master’s level and course tuition waivers for select professional students admitted into part-time status as a certificate or MA program candidate.
Consideration for both scholarships and tuition waivers is based on the Academy’s assessment of the admissions application and portfolio, including academic records of achievement, recommendations, writing samples, and the admissions interview.
Because DMA extends offers of admission on a rolling basis, individuals seeking this form of financial support should make every effort to file a completed application before enrollment.
Finalists will be chosen and individual awards communicated to all honorees within one week of the admissions interview.
Information submitted to DMGS Office of Admissions such as portfolios, resumes, letters of recommendation, essays, and transcripts will be kept confidential and will not be returned to the applicant. The Office of Admissions will not provide information regarding an application with any party other than the applicant without the expressed written consent of the applicant.
Honest Application Policy
Every applicant is required to attest that all materials submitted in furtherance of an application to DMGS are accurate and truthful, to include personal information, references, academic and/or professional background. Any work, such as essays, that are submitted must be the applicant’s own work. If DMGS finds that any application information has been falsified or plagiarized, admission and/or conferred degrees can be revoked. In such cases, no refunds will be granted.