FAQs

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. Both M.A. and certificate students are eligible to receive scholarships. We do have a limited amount of full-ride scholarships available each semester. The full-ride scholarships are awarded based on merit of academic excellence in the student’s academic career. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships after submission of application, so no additional work is needed.

How long is your Master’s degree program?

The DMGS Master’s degree program consists of 30 credit hours. 3 of those credit hours are obtained upon completion of thesis. Your program can easily be completed in two academic years for full-time students (3 courses per semester). However, we do have many students who prefer to enroll as part-time students.

What is required for the application?

An application consists of a completed application form, two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications and preparation for graduate work in national security, current resume or CV, statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words), official transcripts from all degree granting institutions attended, writing sample (5-7 pages), and your official GRE or LSAT scores. For international students, TOEFL scores are required. (Application form)

What if I have not taken the GRE or LSAT?

To be considered for admission, we require a GRE or LSAT score. However, if you have not taken either of these tests, and you have 2 years work experience outside of college, or you have a GPA of 3.5 or better, these test scores can be waived.

What is the cost of tuition?

A Master’s degree program consists of 30 credit hours. Each credit is worth $1300, making the entire program $39,000.

May I come sit in on a class before submitting an application?

Of course! There is no better way to know if a school is the right fit for you than to sit through a class and engage with the professor and coursework. We encourage all who are interested in sitting in on a class to contact an admissions representative to set up a time and date for a class visit at admissions@dmgs.org.

Do you have deadlines for submitting applications?

Here at DMGS, we have rolling admissions. While we do not have concrete dates to have an application completed, we strongly encourage all prospective students applying for the fall semester to have their application in by June 1st. If a student is applying for the Spring Semester, we encourage the student to have their application in no later than December 1st. Scholarships are more readily available before these dates, so if a student is eligible to receive a scholarship, there is no guarantee the funds will be there if applications are submitted after the given dates.

Can international students apply?

Yes, International student may apply. In addition to submitting the documents required for general admission, an international applicant must demonstrate English proficiency sufficient for graduate level studies.

English Language Test Requirements

International applicants must submit test scores from one of the standardized English testing programs listed below. Test scores must not be more than two years old. All scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency, scanned and emailed to admissions.dmgs.org, or attached to online application. An institutional code is not required to send IELTS or PTE.

 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL test measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in university and graduate school settings. DMGS requires a minimum total score of 80 with a minimum of 20 points in each of the four sections on the internet-based test or a minimum score of 550 on paper-based test.

 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The IELTS measures the language proficiency in an English speaking environment. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). DMGS requires the IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.0.

 

The Pearson Test of English (PTE – Academic)

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test designed for non-native English speakers wanting to study aboard. It tests reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Can I set up a tour?

Of course! We encourage all students who are interested in DMGS to come visit and speak with a representative from the Admissions Department. A representative can set you up for a tour of our campus and schedule information sessions for you to speak with the program chair of your program of interest. To set up a visit to DMGS, please sent an inquiry to admissions@dmgs.org.