Daniel Morgan Graduate School

Introduction

Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a higher education institution located in Washington, DC. DMGS offers specialized master’s degrees in National Security, Intelligence, and Information Operations, as well as related certificate programs. DMGS is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. DMGS seeks recent college graduates who desire to serve in the national security community, as well as mid-career and senior national security professionals who wish to advance their career.

Why DMGS?

  • Small class size
  • Strategic location in the nation’s capital
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty
  • Career advancement
  • Further education
  • Network with the national security community
  • Co-curricular experiences
  • Full scholarships available

Serve your country, secure your future

At DMGS you are in command of your education. Work with our faculty to tailor a challenging curriculum to meet you career goals. DMGS’ small class sizes provide personalized instruction from leading national security experts. Get mentored along the way by these experienced scholar-practitioners to educate and prepare you for a career in national security upon graduation.

MISSION

DMGS educates and prepares future leaders to develop actionable solutions to global and domestic security challenges.

Vision

DMGS seeks to be designated by the national security community as a center of excellence in graduate education, instruction and research.

Brigadier General Daniel Morgan

The school is named after General Daniel Morgan, a well-regarded and decisive leader whose unconventional strategy and tactics helped win the Revolutionary War. His victory at the Battle of Cowpens was a turning point in the struggle for American independence. Morgan was awarded a Congressional medal in 1790 to commemorate this success.

M.A. in National Security

DMGS’ M.A. in National Security 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 also covers U.S. government organizational and institutional arrangements, and the authorities of individual agencies to implement policy. In addition, the tensions between national security policy and practices and liberal democracy will be considered – and how the U.S. and other democracies have sought to reconcile them. This program covers the functional utility of individual instruments and integrated “whole government” planning in regional geographic contexts, with particular emphasis on the non-kinetic capabilities of the other two DMGS programs – Intelligence and Information Operations.

Courses in this program include National Security Law, US Military Strategy, and Homeland Security.

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.

M.A. in Intelligence

DMGS’ M.A. in Intelligence focuses on both the public and private sector use of intelligence examining missions, methods, and organizational structures. It examines and interprets the four major elements of intelligence–collection, analysis, analytical presentation, and counterintelligence. This program also examines new fields of intelligence such as private sector use of intelligence, homeland security, and cyber.

Courses in this program include Counter Terrorism Strategy, Cyber Intelligence, and Counterintelligence.

Graduates of this degree program will be able to:

  • Articulate the strategic significance, aims, strategy, tradecraft and culture of the elements of intelligence, evaluate each element, and the skills and aptitude required for this work;
  • Anticipate current and future security challenges;
  • Identify how major tensions inside liberal democracy with secret intelligence are reconciled through institutional checks and balances, oversight, press freedom, and public education.

M.A. in Information Operations

DMGS’ M.A. in Information Operations focuses on the strategic aims, skill sets, and historical and innovative techniques that continue to provide opportunities to help prevent and influence the outcomes of political and military conflict. It also considers evolving U.S. institutional arrangements and authorities, some of which create tensions between Information Operations (IO) and the principles of liberal democracy, and procedures to mitigate this friction.

This program educates students on a wide range of digital and human influence capabilities. IO represents a key instrument of current and anticipated national security policy. It provides a means of supporting, through information and education, allies and political elements abroad who share U.S. interests in many parts of the world. IO also provides a means of deterring and prevailing against state and non-state adversaries and other competitors seeking to undermine U.S. security interests, ideals, and quality of life.

Courses in this program include Denial and Deception, Elements of Digital and Human Influence Operations, and Cyber Security.

Graduates of the degree program will be able to:

  • Articulate the key fundamentals of IO as a tool of government policy;
  • Illustrate current missions and techniques, including a more integrated “whole of government” approach to IO;
  • Identify the role that the private sector and civil society now plays in IO and consider the advantages and risks of a broader “whole of society” approach to IO;
  • Differentiate the fundamental legal and ethical issues associated with government employment of IO to enhance U.S. security and gain adversarial advantage.

Admissions

DMGS determines students’ eligibility based on a portfolio of information, including:

  • Application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official GRE/LSAT scores

DMGS accepts students on a rolling basis.

To request more information about Daniel Morgan Graduate School, please contact admissions@dmgs.org or 202-759-4988.