Message from the Office of Student Services

Welcome to the Daniel Morgan Graduate School for National Security!

The Office of Student Services was established to help create a vibrant and inclusive environment for the graduate students of DMGS to pursue educational, professional, and personal success not only in the classroom, but beyond.  Through regular programming and events the students will have the opportunity to explore and serve the community around them, delve deeper into their interests in National Security through guest speakers and field trips, and create a network of connections that will serve them long after receiving their diploma.  But don’t worry, it is not all about the education, there will be fun to be had as well!  Trips to local sporting events, museums, and happy hours are just a few of the many ways students will have the chance to connect with their peers not only at DMGS but within the greater Washington, DC community.

Whether you are currently a student or considering coming to DMGS to pursue your graduate education, the Office of Student Services is here for YOU and to help you have the best experience possible.  Please let us know if you need any assistance.  Our door is always open!

I look forward to working with you,
Ashley Kockler, M.S.Ed.
Director of Student Services

Ways to get involved at DMGS…

Order of the Sword & Shield
National Honor Society


The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security was granted chartership of the Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society. The Order of the Sword and Shield (ΟΣΣ) was created in 2010 and is the first and only honor society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management, and all Protective Security Disciplines. It is both an academic and professional organization dedicated to fostering critical thinking, high scholarship, and professional development for those invested in the security of our nation.

Charter membership with ΟΣΣ recognizes DMGS’ superior academic achievements and provides students a forum to share their thoughts and ideas regarding issues in the disciplines. Students of charter members are given various opportunities to attend informational events and network with professionals and other students interested in the various academic disciplines.

The qualifications for membership include:

  1. Completion of ONE HALF (1/2) of the total number of credits required for your overall program, including completion of ONE HALF (1/2) of all credits in the Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management, or Protective Studies A.S., B.S., Minor, Masters, Doctoral, or Certificate program; and
  2. Have achieved an overall 3.25 (undergraduate) or a 3.50 (graduate) cumulative GPA or higher (on a scale of 4.0) for ALL CREDITS, including transfer credits, or be in the top 20% of your class standing; and
  3. Submit all required information, supporting documents with references, and appropriate fees

DMGS currently has three active members in ΟΣΣ and is always encouraging individuals to apply once they have met the minimum qualifications.

Daniel Morgan Graduate School
Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) serves as a representative group for the entire student body, to the DMGS administration and members of the Faculty. The SGA is advised by the Director of Student Services and the Graduate School’s legal counsel.

SGA members meet bi-weekly to continue to create a vibrant student experience for all students.

On February 17th, 2017 the inaugural members of the SGA were elected into office. They have been charged with establishing the SGA Constitution and creating the framework for future student governments to build upon.

Questions about DMGS ΟΣΣ?

Find out what our chapter is up to and connect with our ΟΣΣ chapter President.
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