7:1 Student to Professor Ratio
In our unique learning environment, DMGS students are ensured individualized attention from our distinguished scholar-practitioner faculty. We have small classes, by design, to enhance classroom discussion and to establish more effective learning outcomes. This exceptional average 7:1 student-to-faculty class ratio provides for more personalized educational instruction, as well as increased opportunities for mentorship and intense guidance from our faculty.
We make it our priority to help students establish their careers. Students receive personalized career counseling from our experienced and dedicated staff, and participate in tailored career workshops from day one. DMGS helps each student to map out the path that meets his or her goals. At DMGS, careers are our first thought, not an afterthought.
Students benefit from the insight of active practitioners, who remain on top of the latest developments in the subjects they teach. Our faculty have extensive expertise and prestigious backgrounds in their fields and have outstanding professional biographies. As such, students benefit from lessons that are filled with each professor’s real-world examples and are able to acquire the specific working skills needed to succeed in private and public national security careers.
Personal Connections and Travel Experiences
From international conferences in Europe to our extensive speaker events at DMGS’ Washington, DC location, students are consistently provided with extraordinary networking opportunities through which they are introduced to prominent people in the national security areas in which they aspire to work. This inevitably opens doors that would have otherwise been closed and allows our students to create connections that can jumpstart their careers.
Close to the White House
Located in the heart of Washington, DC—just three blocks from the White House—DMGS’ location is unrivaled. We are at the epicenter of government, surrounded by think tanks and national security agencies. Our location provides students with the opportunity to obtain the most relevant internships and also for professionals from national security organizations and industry to visit DMGS to speak to and network with our students.
Evening Classes Available
Students have the ability to arrange courses to fit with their work schedules. We offer this flexibility because we understand students’ needs to keep working professionally while obtaining their graduate degrees. Our students also tell us that being able to take their classes in the evening gives them an edge when it comes to obtaining the best internship positions.
Innovative and practical teaching is the trademark of our academic curriculum. We offer master’s programs in National Security, Intelligence, and Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV). We also offer eight certificate programs and a concentration program in Regional Studies. Our courses are designed to be highly relevant, ensuring that students have the most up-to-date skills to be successful in the national security arena.
Focused on Students
Our degree programs serve to credential those who are seeking highly specialized development for careers in the national security community or for those wanting to transition their careers into this field. Our students come from varied backgrounds, and DMGS helps them to tailor their studies to their career goals, strengths, and passions.
Great Scholarship Opportunities
Our programs are notably less expensive than those from other schools offering similar graduate degrees. Additionally, our students have the opportunity to receive the benefit of exceptional scholarship funding. As such, many of our students receive significant financial assistance which eases the burden of graduate studies and does not leave them inordinately financially indebted.
Equal Opportunities, Strong Diversity
Students are encouraged to engage in discussions and share their unique perspectives in the classroom. DMGS is particularly proud of its politically and culturally diverse student body and strongly promotes freedom of expression so that all viewpoints are articulated and heard.